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Darussafaka Robotics Team “Sultans of Turkey” in the FRC World Championship!

 

Overall at Darussafaka, there are 959 students from 67 provinces of Turkey in the 2014/15 academic year. %49 of the students are from Istanbul whereas %51 of them come from other provinces of Turkey. Students who come from outside of Istanbul spend their weekends on campus.

 

During their time at school, Darussafaka encourages its students to actively engage in more than 50 co-curricular clubs and activities on campus, ranging from robotics, mechatronics and astronomy to Model UN and Destination & Imagination.

 

Darussafaka Robotics Team “Sultans of Turkey” enjoys the opportunity to participate in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) Robotics Competition in the USA for the past 7 years, and make us proud. This year, Darussafaka FRC Team competed at the Orlando Regional on March 11-14 2015 and got the best result since it started to participate in the competition. The Team won 8 out of 10 matches and for the first time earned a place in the World Championship. The Team also won the “Regional Engineering Inspiration Award” which is sponsored by NASA.

 

As a past country champion and a winner of Judges Award, Imagery Award, Team Spirit Award and EKOCYCLE™ Cube® 3D Printer Award since their first participation, the team had another wonderful learning experience as they competed with 64 teams from around the world.

 

The Team competed at the World Championship which took place in St. Louis on April 22-25, 2015. Darussafaka Team, as the only Turkish team among 156 teams which participated in the World Championship, represented Turkey with pride.

 

Thank you once again for making these accomplishments possible by investing in the next generation of leaders to become the innovators and designers of tomorrow.

 

We would also like to inform you that the Darussafaka Entrance Exam will be held this year on May 31 in 21 different provinces of Turkey. All 4th grade students who have lost one of their parents are eligible to take the exam. So far around 1.500 students have applied. We will continue to inform you regarding our exam and new students in our coming reports.

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On January 23, the 2014/15 academic year’s first semester ended, giving our 961 full boarding and full scholarship students a two week break to be reunited with their families across 67 provinces of Turkey.

During their time at school, Darussafaka encourages its students to actively engage in more than 50 co-curricular clubs and activities on campus, ranging from robotics, mechatronics and astronomy to Model UN and Destination & Imagination.

Darussafaka Robotics Team, “Sultans of Turkey”, has been participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition in the USA for the past 6 years. Last year, the team competed at the Chicago Regional which took place at the UIC Pavillion, on April 3-5, 2014. As a past country champion and a winner of Best Project Award, Best Performance Award, Best Presentation Award and Best Teamwork Award since their first participation, the team enjoyed another wonderful learning experience while competing with teams from around the world.

Today, we are proud to announce that our team’s hard work once again paid off, and that their performance in last year’s games has earned them a brand new 3D Printer Award!

Thank you once again for making these accomplishments possible by investing in the next generation of leaders to become the innovators and designers of tomorrow.

Best regards,

Darussafaka Society

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Darüssafaka Society was founded in 1863 with the aim of providing equality of opportunity in education to needy, talented children who had lost their fathers. Since then, it has maintained its presence with this mission of "equal opportunity in education".

The 151-year old Society, whose role is to raise funds via donations to finance the school, amended its statutes on 14 April 2012 and opened the doors of Darüssafaka Schools to also include students who lost their mothers. Today, Darüssafaka creates a better future for high-potential students who lost one or both parents and are from financially disadvantaged communities.

At its educational institutions, the Society provides high-quality formal education to eligible students, starting at fifth grade through to the end of high school.

On September 8, 120 new 5th grade students, who qualified in the Darüssafaka entrance exam this year, began their education at the Darüssafaka Schools, on a full scholarship and full boarding status. In addition, 5 students who lost their fathers in May in the Soma mine disaster, were admitted to the school without an exam.

Overall at Darüssafaka, there are 962 students from 67 provinces of Turkey in the 2014/15 academic year.   

Darüssafaka works toward closing the achievement gap in Turkey by ensuring equal access to education. The Society is able to achieve this goal by offering full scholarships to all students who are admitted to its schools, thanks to the unwavering support of its donors. Darüssafaka Society receives no state funding. In addition to all educational expenditures, student’s daily needs such as clothing, accommodation, food, and health services are all covered by donations to the Society. Darüssafaka also supports its graduates by providing scholarships for their university education.

Each student at Darüssafaka is a member of one of the most extensive and connected families in Turkey. The sense of fraternity, and the support that comes with it, remain with our students throughout both their personal and professional lives. 

Thank you once again for making these accomplishments possible and sharing in our mission to create "equal opportunity in education” in Turkey.

Sincerely,

Darüssafaka Society 

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Students taking the Darussafaka admission exam
Students taking the Darussafaka admission exam

Darüssafaka Society was founded in 1863 with the aim of providing equality of opportunity in education to needy, talented children who had lost their fathers. Since then, it has maintained its presence with this mission of "equal opportunity in education". 

The 151-year old Society, whose role is to raise funds via donations to finance the school, amended its statutes on 14 April 2012 and opened the doors of Darüssafaka Schools to also include students who lost their mothers. Today, Darüssafaka creates a better future for high-potential students who lost one or both parents and are from financially disadvantaged communities.

At its educational institutions, the Society provides high-quality formal education to eligible students, starting at fifth grade through to the end of high school.

On June 1, Darussafaka administered its annual admission exam in 20 different cities across Turkey. Over 2.000 4th graders who had suffered the loss of his/her mother or father were able to take the Darussafaka exam.  The top 120 students that qualify, pending a health check followed by a financial review, will have the opportunity to continue their education at the Darussafaka Schools in the 2014/15 school year, on a full scholarship and full boarding status.

Darussafaka works toward closing the achievement gap in Turkey by ensuring equal access to education. The Society is able to achieve this goal by offering full scholarships to all students who are admitted to its schools, thanks to the unwavering support of its donors.

Thank you once again for making these accomplishments possible and sharing in our mission to create "equal opportunity in education” in Turkey.

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Darussafaka Robotics Team at the FRC Kickoff event
Darussafaka Robotics Team at the FRC Kickoff event

On February 10, Darussafaka opened its doors to its 945 boarding students from across Turkey for yet another school semester. As our students reunite with their “Darussafaka sisters and brothers”, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your past support, and welcome you to this big loving family.

Every day our world becomes increasingly dependent on new technologies, and we here at Darussafaka, believe that it is vital that our students receive the best science and technology education possible. We know that the understanding of how science is an essential part of our daily lives will give our students a great foundation for success in life. For this purpose, we make sure that they are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills by providing them the opportunities to learn how to observe, collect evidence, and draw conclusions.

Our students enjoy the opportunity and make us proud by participating in various international competitions. Most recently, a scientific essay submitted by our 10th grade student Nuriye Varoglu was selected along with four others to represent Turkey in the 2014 world finals of NASA’s Cassini Scientist for a Day contest.

Meanwhile, Darussafaka’s Robotics team is getting ready to enter the 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition scheduled to take place in Chicago,IL, USA, this April. As a past country champion and a winner of Best Project Award, Best Performance Award, Best Presentation Award and Best Teamwork Award since their first participation in 2010, we are confident that our team will have another wonderful learning experience as they compete with 2,850 other teams from around the world.

Thank you once again for making these accomplishments possible and sharing in our mission to create "equal opportunity in education” in Turkey.

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Darussafaka Society

Location: Maslak, Istanbul - Turkey
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Twitter: @Darussafaka
Project Leader:
Evrim Erbilen
Istanbul, Turkey
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