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Computer Science – Academia and Industry

For that moment when you look practicality straight in the eye

If you're an 11th-grader majoring in computer science, at some point, you have probably found yourself wondering – how do you develop a chess game? How does the internet work? How do you develop an app? And what are the languages and platforms in high demand in the industry?

The Computer Science – Academia and Industry program introduces participants to research and development activities in the fields of computer science, software and computer engineering, and explores both their academic and practical applications.

The program focuses on the hottest disciplines in the industry, including artificial intelligence, cryptography, machine learning, smartphone simulations, websites, robotics, Big Data, and game theory, to name a few.

If you find any of these fields intriguing – this is the program for you! Participants embark on an exciting journey during which they explore these topics and develop their own projects while being mentored by advisers from either academia or industry.

The program is accredited by the Education Ministry, giving participants an additional 5-point-level matriculation discipline on their high-school diploma, as well as practical experience that goes a long way with several elite IDF units. Together, this presents a valuable advantage that assists students in planning their academic and professional future.





A monthly session in the afternoon, starting in October of the 11th-grade academic year and ending in April of the 12th-grade academic year. Registration begins in September



The Davidson Institute of Science Education at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot


Phase 1: 1,100 NIS. Phase 2: 2,750 NIS


Registration is done through the school. Phase 1 requires the presence of a teacher

More about the program

The program comprises two parts, spanning both the 11th and 12th-grade school years:

  • Phase 1 (11th grade): Designed to introduce students to the worlds of academia and industry, this phase includes monthly enrichment sessions in the afternoon that consist of lectures by experts and activities that expose participants to advanced professional methods, innovative developing tools, and cutting-edge technologies. Participants' teachers will also be taking part in the sessions, thus creating a common interest with their students, upon which they can expand later on, in class.
  • Phase 2 (12th grade): Designed to take outstanding students to the next level. Participants will develop a software project – accredited as a 5-point matriculation thesis – under the supervision of individuals from the relevant fields in academia or industry and in a manner resembling the real scientific-technological world. The project’s development in its entirety will be done with the support of the schools' teachers and the program's educational team.

For more information, visit the Hebrew site.


Team Members

Program Director: Dr. Orni Meerbaum Salant

Pedagogy Directors: Dr. Sarah Pollack, Dr. Bruriah Huberman

Program Coordinator: Yael Ben Haim

For more information: +972-8-9378300

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