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The Academic Center for Youth Science Education. The Academic Youth Center Tel Hai College. Definition of the Regional Problem. The gaps between the center of Israel and its peripheral regions are widening, due to inequality in opportunities

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Definition of the Regional Problem

  • The gaps between the center of Israel and its peripheral regions are widening, due to inequality in opportunities

  • Although science and technology studies are viewed as essential to Israel's security and economy, only a small percentage of high school students in the Galilee regions choose these fields


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Main Educational Goals

  • Raising the numbers of high schools students who choose to major in science and technology (10th grade)

  • Fostering perseverance in science studies (11th & 12th grades)

  • Raising the numbers of students who conduct science project as part of their matriculation examination



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Action Principles

  • Active, fun, interesting learning environment

  • Hands-on laboratory experiences

  • Authentic scientific inquiry

  • Led by Tel Hai’s faculty members, researchers and experts in science education

  • Activities that are not available at local schools


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Participants

  • 2009-10 academic year: about 750 students

  • Within two years the number will reach approximately 1,200 students

  • Participating schools:

  • Danzinger Kiryat Shmona, HaMatmid Kiryat Shmona, Ort Hatzor, Amal Safed,Ulpanit Safed, Tuba Zangeria,Amit Hazor, Har Vagai, Einot Yarden, Emek Hahula …


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Evaluation Measures

Short Term Long Term

Science affinity High attendance &

Success in Higher-Education

Attitude surveys Achievement surveys Low dropout rate success in matriculation examinations


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Science Topics

  • Biology - virtual tools for physiological systems

  • Nutrition - principles in nutrition and food technologies

  • Chemistry - emphasis on spectrophotometeric methods

  • Environmental science- water-treatment technologies

  • Mathematics - riddles as a tool for developing thinking

  • Computer science – flash animation tools

  • …and more!


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Academic Facilities

2009-2010

Most activities will be carried out at the College Campus (76%)

  • The Youth labs, equipped with computers, will allow varied activities

  • Work-plan includes the use of the academic labs in addition to the youth labs