From the Kosher Pickle to Albert Einstein - Spectacular science demonstrations have been developed to meet the need for connecting daily life phenomena with its scientific substance. Using daily objects one learns about Astrophysics, Atmospheric Physics, Newton’s Laws, Gravity, Chemistry, Waves and Sound, Fire and Ballistics. The combination of Science and Religion is also shown through visualizations of Biblical scriptures.

Science Learning Centers, the Hemda model - Science Learning Centers are developed to host all High School students in the community (City or Region) who select advanced Physics or Chemistry. The students study these subjects at the Learning Centers in hands-on state of the art teaching laboratories. All other studies take place in their home schools. Informal Education best practices are implemented to make the studies more meaningful and enjoyable. Teams of teachers are recruited, trained and develop the curriculum together for the Centers. All learning takes place in the Regional Science Learning Centers, where the laboratories are equipped with State-of-the-art scientific experiments and demonstrations.

Connecting Science Education with Integrated Pest Management in Israeli Schools - "Green School" certification often increases pest problems:  1) reuse/recycling tires and wastes and hazardous wastes, 2) water collection, and 3) animal rights – protecting feral cats. Pest management in Israeli recognized Jewish and Arab schools and kindergartens depends on annual spraying for insects.  The Healthy School program is based on understanding chemical safety, safer alternatives and pest life cycles; and implementing integrated pest management (IPM) cooperatively with teachers and pupils.   

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Innovative informal and formal science education programs in Israel from the Kosher Pickle to Albert Einstein

Ronen Mir   Science Learning Centers, the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

Debby Mir   The Porter School of Environmental Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel

From the Kosher Pickle to Albert Einstein - Spectacular science demonstrations have been developed to meet the need for connecting daily life phenomena with its scientific substance. Using daily objects one learns about Astrophysics, Atmospheric Physics, Newton’s Laws, Gravity, Chemistry, Waves and Sound, Fire and Ballistics. The combination of Science and Religion is also shown through visualizations of Biblical scriptures.

Science Learning Centers, the Hemda model - Science Learning Centers are developed to host all High School students in the community (City or Region) who select advanced Physics or Chemistry. The students study these subjects at the Learning Centers in hands-on state of the art teaching laboratories. All other studies take place in their home schools. Informal Education best practices are implemented to make the studies more meaningful and enjoyable. Teams of teachers are recruited, trained and develop the curriculum together for the Centers. All learning takes place in the Regional Science Learning Centers, where the laboratories are equipped with State-of-the-art scientific experiments and demonstrations.

Connecting Science Education with Integrated Pest Management in Israeli Schools - "Green School" certification often increases pest problems:  1) reuse/recycling tires and wastes and hazardous wastes, 2) water collection, and 3) animal rights – protecting feral cats. Pest management in Israeli recognized Jewish and Arab schools and kindergartens depends on annual spraying for insects.  The Healthy School program is based on understanding chemical safety, safer alternatives and pest life cycles; and implementing integrated pest management (IPM) cooperatively with teachers and pupils.   

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