Highlights

Below are a few examples of notable events, trips, and developments that have taken place at the Davidson Institute this past year.

Clore Garden of Science

Renovations have begun!

The Clore Garden of Science is currently undergoing extensive expansion and renovation to meet the ever-evolving needs of science education in this new technological era. It will remain a largely open-air, hands-on science museum with a pleasant, garden-like atmosphere, but its essential infrastructure will be expanded to handle significantly more visitors and will include several unique features such as science laboratories, learning spaces, a ‘MakeScience’ hub, an exhibition hall and more. 

With a robust team of experts working to update, modernize, and seamlessly integrate the scientific exhibits with the site’s natural beauty, the Clore Garden of Science is poised to remain Israel’s premier interactive outdoor science museum.

 

Below are some renderings of the new Clore Garden of Science

The Plant Microbiome Project

First of its kind!

The Plant Microbiome Project is one of Davidson’s newest and most ambitious initiatives. A first-of-its-kind collaboration that teams Weizmann researchers and Davidson education experts with teachers and students from Israel and Jordan, this unique program is creating a complete library of the bacterial and fungal species in the region’s deserts. 

You can learn more about this exciting initiative in this exclusive story that appeared in the Fall 2020 issue of the Weizmann magazine.

 

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The Masada Challenge 

Can you build a real life-size catapult? 

The computational science courses offered at the Davidson Institute follow a blended learning model—combining weekly online classes with group meetings throughout the year to give students a well-rounded computer science education. One of the high points of these courses is a two-day trip for 10th grade students to the Masada desert. This trip is a wonderful team-building opportunity, where Arab and Jewish students from all over Israel come together and use their combined knowledge of physics, chemistry, and math to design, construct, and present their own life-size catapults to “re-conquer” Masada. This year’s delegation of 10th graders was still able to enjoy the Masada trip in January 2020, before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

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