Saving the Future – STEM

July 3, 2015 | Watch UJIA

Saving the Future: How we’re boosting science & technology in the Galil.

In our short film ‘Saving the Future’ you will meet 17 year-old Opal Chayut who is studying physics and integrated technology with support from The STEM Initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). She’s getting practical help which meant she could develop a system for detecting if a security guard has fallen asleep.

You will also meet 18 year-old Aviad Avidi who is now getting lab experience which is supporting her ambition to work on cures for diseases like cancer.

Israel enjoys the reputation as a ‘Start-Up Nation’, celebrating the success of its innovation-driven high-tech economy; but this progress has often sidestepped the Galil in northern Israel. Pupils there are less likely to pursue science and technology and the region suffers for it.

UJIA is supporting The STEM Initiative to boost the achievement of students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

The goal is to substantially increase the number of high school graduates from Eastern Galil with the level of qualification needed to pursue a science degree, on their way to rewarding employment in the scientific or technological industries.

The programme will engage students by being very hands on, with lots of experiments, problem solving and data gathering, rather than just lecture-based learning.

The STEM Initiative will serve 15 municipalities and regional councils in the Eastern Galil, which has approximately 100 localities, 220,000 people and 50,000 children in the education system.