Science Oriented Youth is an enrichment program operated in Universities and other academic institutions in Israel with the support of the Ministry of Education. The program began offering expanded knowledge of science to Israeli youth at Tel Aviv University in 1969 and currently operates in a number of additional institutions and units throughout Israel.
These classes offer Israeli pupils materials and fields of study beyond what is available within the school curriculum, introducing girls and boys to scientific thought processes and innovative research methods.
Many diverse subjects are offered in these courses: neuroscience, marine biology, microbiology and genetic engineering, chemistry, psychology, economics and game theory, Chinese language and culture, philosophy, zoology, law, communications and cinema, artificial intelligence and robotics, encryption, medicine, physics, outer space and more.
Some of the programs are academic, awarding the pupils academic credit that allows them to complete an academic degree while still in high school.
These programs constitute an additional educational model within the education system that strives for excellence and enhances higher education as a priority for Israeli society. The diverse array of programs and subjects includes enrichment courses, programs and seminars for schools, academic programs, research programs, scientific competitions and more. Each academic institution or unit emphasizes different educational frameworks and scientific fields.
The target audience is boys and girls in grades 5-12 who are interested in educational enrichment and the definition of excellence stems first and foremost from the youths’ curiosity, motivation to learn and the belief in their ability to be integrated into academia. Each year tens of thousands of youths from all around Israel, from every socio-economic level and sector of the population, participate in these activities.
In recent years, participants in the Science Oriented Youth programs have made impressive achievements and represented Israel in many international competitions, Olympiads, conferences, etc.
A boy and a girl won silver and bronze medals at the International Mathematical Olympiad 2016.
A male pupil from the Science Oriented Youth program won the gold prize at the International Physics Olympiad 2017.
A female pupil was awarded the respectable eighth place at the International Brain Bee at the Forum of Neuroscience 2016 held in Australia.
Boys and girls from the academic research programs unit play an active role in groundbreaking studies and participate in academic scientists’ and researchers’ research groups. This past year an article was published by one of the female participants in the alpha program – a national program that is part of an initiative by the Ministry of Education’s Division for Gifted and Outstanding Students in collaboration with Future Scientists – The Center for the Advancement of the Gifted and Talented. The program is for outstanding pupils and incorporates science, research and social action. Additional articles are currently in the process of being published.
Thousands of pupils participate in the diverse Science Oriented Youth programs. Boys and girls come from all segments of the Israeli population and society. The units strive to cultivate a future generation of curious, investigative, critical thinkers who are socially and personally responsible. The units also work to bring together boys and girls from throughout the country to form a science and knowledge-oriented community. We strive to reduce the inequality of opportunities for youths in Israeli society by making higher education more accessible and by raising the level of ambition and confidence among youths from all walks of life.
Description of the Stamp, First Day Cover and Cancellation
Stamp: An abstract expression of the diverse scientific content studied by the science oriented youths. The tab features the two parts of the brain – the creative and the logical.
FDC: An abstract expression of the youths’ achievements and their goal oriented studies, geared toward a limitless academic future.
Cancellation: An abstract expression of the investment in human capital and the results thereof.