Gifted students: You have just received keys to our newest laboratories. Over the next three years you are going to take part in discoveries that will change the face of humanity.
What is the universe made of? What causes adolescence to begin when it does? And what is the deal with primary numbers? There are questions that even the greatest of scientists cannot answer – but maybe you can. In the “Alpha” program for gifted students you will be the ones choosing the topic you find the most interesting and researching it. For this purpose, you will be granted access to our advanced laboratories at the Weizmann Institute of Science, in which you will spend a great deal of time with the other program members and the mentors, top-of-the-line lecturers and researchers. And so you don't forget there is also a life outside the lab, we, the social instructors and researchers of the institute, will also meet with you in summer camp, at the youth village and in other places around the country in which you will take part in fun social activities. So what is your topic of choice?
More about the program
The program spans three years:
9th grade: Exposure to the world of scientific research, including lectures by scientists, panels of experts, visiting research laboratories, performing advanced experiments in the labs of the Weizmann Institute of Science and a two-week summer camp during which you will begin your personal research, under the mentoring of research students on one of the research topics that are being studied as we speak in the laboratories of the Weizmann Institute. At the end of the year, you will be asked to choose a topic and field for your personal research project.
10th grade: The first year of research that includes working on the personal research project with the mentor, along with scientific lectures, panels of experts, symposia and social activities. At the end of the year there will be a two-week summer camp at our youth village, during which you will perform three mini-research projects in physics, chemistry and biology, on a different topic than the one you chose for your personal project. The purpose is to emphasize development of team research skills and writing a report as a group.
11th grade: During the second and last year of research of the program you will finalize the written paper on your project and present the project in a scientific convention held at the Davidson Institute of Science Education at the Weizmann Institute of Science, with the participation of scientists and educators. The research project will grant the participants of the program five matriculation units.