SpaceIL aspires to advance the discourse on science and engineering in Israel and to acquaint the young generation with the exciting opportunities in their future, which STEM studies make possible. Through the anticipation and preparation for the historic landing on the moon of an Israeli spacecraft, our non-profit organization motivates students of all ages and sectors – both male and female – to broaden their knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and fosters entrepreneurship, innovation, excellence and leadership. Contemplating ‘the day after’, SpaceIL strives to enhance the quality of education, to close educational gaps in the Israeli society and to provide the graduates of the educational system with the tools they will need in order to thrive in the 21st century.
The SpaceIL moon landing project serves as a source of inspiration and as fertile ground for a long-term impact on the next generation of scientists and engineers in Israel.
THE EDUCATIONAL RATIONALE:
THE FUTURE IS UNKNOWN; THE REQUIRED SKILLS ARE CLEAR
One cannot know with certainty what future the professions will be, but many believe that 80% of them will require knowledge and skills in mathematics and science. However, at present, we, as a society are not prepared for this increased demand for scientific literacy. Even today, Israel is facing a serious shortage of engineers. The number of scientists and engineers in the Israel Defense Forces, the academia and the private sector fall short of the number required to uphold the State of Israel’s technological advantage and to preserve its status as ‘the startup nation’.
Consequently, scientific education is more important than ever, as it develops and imparts the tools that are essential for 21st century citizens, and is a crucial step in the preparation for military service, higher education, research and a wide variety of industries. The science- and technology-literate students will lay the foundation for the future development and growth of the State of Israel.
The choice these students will make, and their success in scientific and technological subject matters, are influence both by formal education in the sciences, and by the perception of STEM among their family, environment and society as a whole.
SpaceIL strives to serve as a source of inspiration for the future generation, and to change the discourse in Israel in order to attract youths and encourage them to choose science, engineering and entrepreneurship, and to recognize the exceptional and exciting opportunities achievable through STEM education. To this end, SpaceIL has developed educational programs for various age groups, which operate on several levels: exposure, leverage, and in-depth processes. We aim to expose our programs to a broad and diverse audience; we collaborate with strategic partners in the various sectors in order to leverage the capabilities of all of those taking part; and to develop programs that provide students with the opportunity to experience in-depth processes that stimulate complex thinking, generate interest and arouse curiosity.
SpaceIL has chosen to focus on elementary, and particularly middle-school children, who will soon be required to make a decision concerning their future study.
THE OBJECTIVES OF THE EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY
1. To inspire students to study STEM.
2. To develop scientific-technological literacy.
3. To generate curiosity about science; and about the connection between science and technology and daily life.
1. Establishment of an educational community of dozens of volunteers, who deliver lectures to the broad public throughout the country.
2. Initiation of collaborations with organizations having similar objectives, in the various sectors.
3. Development of a collection of unique content covering space, scientific and technological subject matters.
4. Exposure to the public at large, through widespread coverage in the local media, activity on social networks, the use of digital platforms and participation in educational events that are available to all.
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SpaceIL is working to show every child in Israel the inspiring story of the first Israeli spacecraft. Here are some pictures from our lectures: