Team Hope 2018

We are a group of young Syrian refugees in Lebanon and did not lose hope and ambition despite the difficult circumstances we faced after fleeing to Lebanon. Some of us have succeeded in continuing their education in Lebanese schools, while others are still trying to get formal education, which will not be easy at all. These obstacles and difficulties were the reason for their desire to learn something new, something different from the traditional education they were accustomed to learning in Syria. They wanted something unique, creative and challenging that could be a combination of more than skill and more than one area of knowledge. So they decided to start STEM education and enrolled in MAPs courses that helped them surpass traditional learning and adopt a new creative process. They started the course “Lego Robotics” and then the “Vex Robotics” course. Finally, they managed to find the “Hope Syria” team.

In 2016, 2017 and 2018 Hope Team participated in many competitions in Lebanon, the Arab world and the world. Most have achieved advanced positions and numerous awards. For example, the team participated in many competitions in Lebanon “VEX VRC Lebanon – EDR Robogee 2” and won first place in “LIU – Bekaa – Lebanon/ Championship Award”, in addition to achieving the ninth place in the Arab Doha competition out of 100 ” Against all odds Award “. In the end, his participation in the world in many competitions, the most important of which is the achievement of the 55th position among the 1040 competitors in USA, and was awarded the ” Inspire Award/ Louisville-Kentucky-USA” on 26 April 2018. These many successes have motivated them to develop their robot skills and encouraged them to pursue more successes in the future.

This small group shattered the stereotypes of the word “refugees” and served as a tribute to Syrian youth and the host community in Lebanon and showed the great influence of motivation and perseverance in achieving success and overcoming all obstacles. For us, what really matters is to continue to walk and keep improving ourselves and empowering our Syrian society. This is why “Hope Syria” continues to work and develop their talents and techniques to participate again in local and international competitions to focus on the whole world that if you decide to be successful there is nothing that can stop you, even if you are called a “refugee”. We hope to participate and win again and encourage all Syrian youth to realize their own potential and prepare to participate in rebuilding their country in Syria when we return soon.

Maher AlIsawi (Mechanical/ programmer)
17 years old, eleventh grade in school. I want to be an electrical engineer. I like to swim and listen to music.

Ammar Kabbour (Mechanical)
16 years old, 10th grade in school. I want to be a Mechatronics engineer. I love programming so I want to learn robotics.

Osama Fayz Shhadeh (Mentor)
Osama, 27, is an automation and contract engineer. I love poetry and poems and I like robotics a lot and I’m going to lead my team to success.