The Sidney Warren Science Education Center for Youth
The Sidney Warren Science Education Center for Youth at Tel-Hai College promotes high-level scientific education in the Galilee, strengthening the region and its diverse population. Working closely with local schools and educational institutions, the Center creates experiential programs for children and youth that foster intellectual curiosity and a love for science. Participants come to Center programs from across the Galilee and from all of its diverse communities and backgrounds: Jewish, Muslim, and Druze, religious and secular, urban and rural. Participants from Arabic-speaking communities are given specialized support to overcome the language barrier, and unique programs are being developed for underachieving, yet highly motivated, students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Instruction takes place in professional academic laboratories (the Sidney Warren Laboratories, Tel-Hai College academic laboratories, and MIGAL – Galilee Technology Center), where students have access to scientific materials and equipment that are not available at their schools, and where activities are led by research scientists trained to work with youth, whose passion and joy for science is contagious. Programs at the Center are offered to school children from the age of four, as well as through science camps in the summer. As students progress into junior high and high school, the focus is aimed at drawing greater numbers of them to in-depth science studies and to higher-level diplomas in science and technology. High school students may also enroll in the Center's academic preparedness programs (MULA), where college-level courses supplement regular high school studies and guidance is provided for individual research projects for advanced diplomas in the sciences, technology, and social sciences.