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Enriching Education

Science for the Future of Education

Dedicated to science education, the Weizmann Institute of Science – in addition to its graduate school – facilitates science classes for schoolchildren at all levels of ability, as well as programs aimed at encouraging girls and minority students. Weizmann’s professional development for teachers produces an Israel-wide network of skilled science, math, and technology educators. Online programs teach math and other skills to young students worldwide. Festivals, workshops, science mobiles, and an interactive, outdoor science museum engage the public. By opening the doors of the Institute—both real and virtual—to the community, Weizmann is sharing the creative spirit of discovery...and inspiring scientists of tomorrow.

Weizmann by the Numbers

  • Our graduate school educates one out of three science & math PhDs in Israel
  • 300,000 kids/year take part in extracurricular science education at Weizmann
  • In the 1970s, we established a tutoring program that has now helped one million needy children

Selected Achievements

Imagine science education that reaches 350,000 people every year.

Weizmann’s Davidson Institute of Science Education is the major driver of science literacy in Israel, with programs for schoolchildren, outreach to disenfranchised communities, continued development for teachers, online and interactive programs, and events for the public.

Imagine an award that boosts the careers of female scientists.

The Israel National Postdoctoral Award Program for Advancing Women in Science enables talented PhD recipients to pursue postdoctoral research abroad–a crucial step for a career in science. To date, it has supported more than 125 female scientists.

Imagine science tutoring that has guided more than 1 million disadvantaged schoolchildren.

In the 1970s, Weizmann launched Perach, a mentoring program that pairs university students with children from underprivileged backgrounds. Today, Perach is a national success story, with around 15% of all college students in Israel and tens of thousands of children taking part each year.

Imagine science education that produces one out of every four PhDs in science and math in Israel.

Weizmann’s Feinberg Graduate School, established in 1958, has more than 1,000 outstanding MSc and PhD candidates from dozens of countries. Its postdoctoral program attracts talented researchers from all over the world to advance their studies in the labs of Weizmann’s renowned scientists.

Imagine 50 years of inspiring young scientists.

Each year since 1969, Weizmann’s Dr. Bessie F. Lawrence International Summer Science Institute has brought around 75 talented high-school graduates to campus for a month of hands-on research and exploration.

Imagine instructors so committed that they bring science to children in towns affected by war.

The Weizmann Institute’s Science Mobiles–vans with teachers and enrichment programs–travel to Israel’s remote and war-impacted communities to ensure that all children receive science education.

Imagine science in the world’s only entirely outdoor science museum.

The Weizmann Institute’s award-winning, family-friendly Clore Garden of Science, which welcomes around 100,000 visitors annually, has hands-on exhibits that make science accessible to everyone.

Imagine science that turns students into safecrackers.

Every year since 1995, high schoolers from around the world have taken part in the International Safecracking Tournament. Teams use the principles of physics to build a safe, then travel to campus for a competition where they try to break into each other’s designs.

Imagine science that inspires immigrant children to pursue higher education.

A program at Weizmann’s Davidson Institute of Science Education helps talented immigrant youth from Ethiopia advance their science skills, enabling them to pursue higher education–and careers–in science and technology. Virtually 100% of participants go on to university.