Dr. Maya Schuldiner
Maya Schuldiner is a mother (three boys), wife, daughter, free spirit and scientist. In a world where often all of these roles are considered to interfere with each other, she is on a quest to balance all facets of her life. Since starting an independent research group six years ago at the Weizmann Institute of Science, she has found that the culture of science does not always maximize the ability of young scientists to be creative, flourish and be successful. Maya is trying to find ways to mentor and teach the “soft” skills required to succeed in the world of science and stay sane.
Dr. Abir Abed
Dr. Abir Abed is a Chemistry teacher. She received her Ph.D from the Department of Education in Technology and Science at the Technion in Haifa. Dr. Abed has been teaching at the only non-selective school in Nazareth, Al-Galil high school, for the last 23 years. Results talk for themselves. Dr. Abed’s students are among the top decile in terms of achievement in matriculation examination set by the government and taken at the end of the high school.
Her presentation’s title is “Faith to face: every student can succeed”. She asserts that passionate teachers have great influence on their students. This influence will be greater if they truly believe that students want to and can succeed. She will talk about three guidelines that she knows give good results, and that she practices every time she teaches.
Dr. Ran Peleg
Ran Peleg is an educator, actor and engineer who tries to find the links between science and theatre for the sake of education. After a short career as a chemical engineer, Ran made the natural shift from engineering to the performing arts. He has since devoted his efforts in joining the two to improve science education. He has co-written and acted in two educational theatre plays on science and has worked with teachers and students on introducing science to the science classroom.
Dr. Peleg holds a B.A. and M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Science Education from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the Mandel Scholars in Education program for distinguished PhD students in education. Currently Dr. Peleg is conducting postdoctoral research at the University of Haifa and the Weizmann Institute of Science.
What do cancer and the Higgs have in common? Noam Ottolenghi had Leukemia with two relapses and went through a bone marrow transplant, which left him in a wheelchair. Yet, it didn’t prevent him from winning 4th prize in 2013 Intel ISEF, on research he did about the Higgs Boson.
Dr. Ron Milo
Ron Milo loves life and numbers, and has been passionately striving to marry these two over the past decade. As a fellow at Harvard medical school, Ron created the BioNumbers database. This resource is now used daily by the hundreds of researchers trying to get a better sense of the numbers ruling biology. An Assistant Prof. at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Ron uses insights from quantitative biology to rewire molecular circuits that can turn carbon in the air into sugars. Such circuits hold the promise to boost yields in agriculture and produce renewable fuels.
Kobi has been a physics teacher for the last 16 years and was rewarded the “Trump Master Teacher Award” in 2013. His studies include a MSc for Science Education in Physics from theWeizmann Institution and a BSc in Science Education in Mathematics from the Technion. He has been teaching physics at the Pre-Academic Unit at the Technion for the last 15 years, as well as, at the Leo Baeck school in Haifa for the last 11 years. This year he became the head ofthe Science and Technologies Education department at the Leo Baeck school.
Kobi,for the past three years, has also been the leader of a national project, Learning Communities of Physics Teachers, which was developed and is supported by the ScienceTeaching Department in the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Dr. Rachel KnollRachel will share her talk with Rotem Stahl
Rachel is a physics teacher and educational entrepreneur. She has a Ph.D. in Physics and a B.A. in Musicology. She is the director and co-founder of the Yeruham Science Center, in which the robotics program is a leading program. Rachel believes that it is possible to “beat the statistics” with a lot of hard work, persistence and belief in human potential.
Dr. Efrat FurstEfrat will share her talk with Mickey Choma
My background is in cognitive neuroscience, focusing on behavioral tools to study human memory. Today I combine the two fields I love, neuroscience and education, into the practice of Neuroeducation. I teach kids, their teachers and principals about the brain: the basics of sensing, attention learning, memory and emotion. We discuss the current and emerging knowledge and the way it affects many aspects of their daily life, particularly at school.
Prof. Oded Aharonson
Oded Aharonson is a Professor of Planetary Science at the Weizmann Institute. Aharonson’s research focuses on planetary geology, geophysics and dynamics. He is a member of many spacecraft investigations of solar system bodies, including the Mars Exploration Rovers, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the Cassini mission to Titan. He was also the Mission Scientist for the first Israeli mission to the Moon, SpaceIL. He received his Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University, served in the Israeli Air Force, and after earning a PhD from MIT (2002), served as a professor at Caltech for a decade. Recently Aharonson returned to Israel and directs the Center for Planetary Science established at Weizmann.
Dr. Ayelet Baram-Tsabari
Ayelet Baram-Tsabari heads the Science Communication research group in the Department of Education in Science and Technology at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. She completed her PhD at the Weizmann Institute of Science and a postdoc at Cornell University, and was awarded a Landau Fellowship for Leaders in Science and Technology and an Allon Fellowship for Outstanding Young Researchers. Her research identifies science information which is relevant and interesting to the public based on user generated data in order to support public engagement with science.
Ayelet is interested in peoples’ science-related questions and online queries. These questions can indicate what kind of science people want to know, and why. She believes that we can use what people want to know to teach them what educators want them to know. This is a way to make science education much more relevant to people of all ages and walks of life.
In this talk, she hopes that she’ll convince you that many people – adults, teens and children – are interested in science, and that we need to build on these interests in order to open the door for meaningful learning to take place.
Rotem StahlRotem will share her talk with Rachel Knoll
Rotem Stahl is 18 years old. She got into robotics in 9th grade – and as a member in a FLL (FIRST LEGO LEAGUE ) team, she fell in love with robotics. During her high school years Rotem was a member in the FRC (FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION) team of Yeruham – each year taking more and more responsibilities. She was the head of media-community sub team, and in her senior year was the team captain. Rotem was also a scout leader and a member of “KAV HAZINUK”. Now, she mentors younger robotics teams and manages the robotics section in the science center in Yeruham. In her talk, Rotem will discuss the huge effect of robotics on her life, and on Yeruham. She will demonstrate how “meaningful studying” can start at kindergarten and how robotics can take any kid and lead them into being curious and choosing a future in the science world.
Mickey ChomaMickey will share his talk with Efrat Furst
Mickey Choma is a former Israel fencing champion and dancer in Bat Sheva Dance Company, soloist, rehearsals manager and teacher in the Kol Demama (Sound and Silence) Dance Company, Alexander Technique teacher , and appears in the show “The Development of Juggling”. He is the creator and teacher, for the past 20 years, of the course, “Body Wisdom”, at the enrichment centers and schools for gifted children.