EDUCATION

Science Education

Science Education

 

Science Education

Need: Extraordinary educational institutions and programs are needed to reach out to all of Jerusalem's communities, particularly vulnerable populations. Facilities, equipment and innovative and subsidized programs are vital to making cutting-edge science education programs accessible to schoolchildren and youth – secular, religious, ultra-Orthodox, Jewish, Arab, native and immigrant – and are particularly important for those (such as children in the ultra-Orthodox or Arab sectors) whose exposure to higher education opportunities in general and to science education specifically is generally extremely limited.

Response:

Jerusalem Urban Advantage in Science: The Bloomfield Science Museum, established by the Jerusalem Foundation, is committed to advancing Jerusalem's urban advantage in science by:

  • Building a support infrastructure for elementary and junior high school science and technology teachers and pupils
  • Harnessing high-quality science infrastructure to engage schoolchildren in research assignments and problem solving projects
  • Enhancing the quality of science and technology studies in schools and increasing the number of students who choose to specialize in these subjects in high school  

Subsidies for Outstanding Youth Science Programs: The Meyerhoff Youth Center for Advanced Studies, together with the Bretter Youth Science Dormitories, the Belmonte Youth Science Labs and the Bloomfield Science Museum are part of a $25 million state-of-the-art Youth Science Complex established by the Jerusalem Foundation at the Hebrew University's Givat Ram campus:

  • Brings thousands of schoolchildren each year to get a taste of the subjects taught at the university, including physics, chemistry, psychology, archeology, medicine, robotics, astronomy and aeronautics
  • Activities offered include school trips to the science museum's interactive exhibits, hands-on laboratory science experiments, afterschool programs, sleepover science summer camp programs, special education projects and more
  • Subsidies vital to ensure these opportunities to all schoolchildren, regardless of sector or socioeconomic status

Population Served: Junior high and high school students from all sectors

Impact:

  • Enhances the quality of science and technology studies in Jerusalem's schools
  • Expands science education opportunities beyond what can be offered in individual schools
  • Narrows science education gaps between stronger and more vulnerable populations, between secular and religious and Jewish and Arab sectors
  • 10% improvement in science and technology scores and stimulates interest and motivation to learn, impacting other subject areas
  • Increases the number of students who choose to specialize in science and technology in high school
  • Brands Jerusalem as the nation's science and technology education capital

Partners: Hebrew University, the National Communities & Youth Authority, Jerusalem Municipality, Ministry of Education