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Princess Sarah, wife of the Saudi crown prince, launches a new science and technology initiative

RIYADH: The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Saturday that a new science and technology center called “ELMI” will be launched in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to encourage scientific curiosity among the Kingdom’s youth and develop their skills.

Established by Princess Sarah bint Mashhoor bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the center will allow young people to better connect with STREAM subjects such as science, technology, reading, engineering, art and math.

“My knowledge will be a beacon of creativity, learning and accessibility,” the Saudi Press Agency quoted Princess Sarah, wife of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as saying.

The new center, whose name translates to “my knowledge” in Arabic, will be a fully accessible center for scientific discovery and innovation.

The Elmi Center is located in the non-profit Mohammed bin Salman City in Riyadh and is expected to open in 2025. The center spans 27,000 square meters and reflects the city’s goals of embodying creativity and sustainability – by integrating into its natural surroundings and landscape – and to benefit from natural light.

The project aims to inspire and empower young people in Saudi Arabia to explore, create and address challenges in a practical way, the Saudi Press Agency said, adding that the core of Ilmi’s concept is based on a unique approach that aims to provide a detailed and quality picture of how. Young people across Saudi Arabia communicate better with STREAM.

Princess Sarah said Elmi “will provide all young people and lifelong learners in Saudi Arabia with the opportunity to fulfill their potential, drive progress in the Kingdom and help shape the future. Together, I hope we all create Ilmi, inspiring and supporting future generations.”

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The project is a charitable and non-governmental initiative that is embraced and supported by the Mohammed bin Salman Foundation (Misk) as one of its subsidiaries, and will work in partnership with the non-profit Mohammed bin Salman City.

The Center will host planned permanent exhibitions that will revolve around three main themes: Our World, Ourselves and Our Inventions. In addition, it will focus on issues such as space, ecosystems, and artificial intelligence.

The center will also host a variety of pop-up installations, events, conferences, shows, and educational partnership programs designed to create a new STREAM community in Saudi Arabia.

Ilmi will offer an integrated digital platform along with a series of pop-up learning experiences across the Kingdom. These experiences will begin rolling out this summer and are intended to inspire and engage youth, parents, families and friends of all ages and abilities in STREAM topics ahead of Ilmi’s physical opening.

In addition, Ilmi will soon launch an online show that will offer a series of interesting and playful design challenges to explore the basic concepts of STREAM materials and relate them to real life and invite participants to find creative answers within the framework of the competition.

In addition, to support this initiative, Ilmi will host a series of live activations that will explore the STREAM content of each digital challenge and thus encourage families and friends to work together to create and develop live solutions.

This text is a translation of an article published on Arabnews.com