Establishing a unique model of a Science & Technology Centre
The Sha’ar Hanegev High School is located in the surrounding Gaza area and stands at the heart of the fire from the Gaza Strip. The Israeli Government has agreed to build a new shielded school to house the institution whose existence is essential to the persistence of normal, everyday life and crucial to the advancement of the region at large. One thousand students from neighboring development towns, as well as peripheral kibbutzim and moshavim attend the school, which has become the focal point of the community in the area. The new school will include learning classes, a community center, an arts center and a science and technology center.
The proposed science and technology centre is unique due to the connection that it makes between the following:
- Science as a compulsory school subject and specialization studies at a highly academic level and their implementation in the field of technology.
- Between systematic theoretical studies and the process of building practical projects.
- Between school studies and technological industries specializing in mechanical, chemical and agricultural industry that are highly developed in the region.
- Between high school level science studies and the academic and technological course of studies, including subjects such as biotechnology, electronics and administration.
The model of the proposed centre was designed in accordance with the model lead by the innovative High-Tec-High (HTH) schools in San Diego . It will include 8 science, biology, chemistry and physics classes, plus 7 technology related classes including planning and supervision, vehicle, electronics and business management.
The projects that will be carried out by the students will set the platform for establishing the connection between the students’ creative minds and initiative, the regional industries and the academic institution. Such a connection is imperative to the community at large and will contribute to: the promotion of industries that lack the proper qualified personnel; advancement of agriculture and its initiative; strengthening the bond between students, the institutions and neighboring towns; supporting the challenge that life in the periphery poses for its inhabitants who often lose hope due to the security crisis in the region.
The following conditions must exist for the model to serve as the base for potential projects:
1. Adapting the workshops to the construction of the projects, and creating assembly and illustration rooms for the students to meet with qualified science and technology professionals. 2. Creating a large assembly and display room where the students will be able to present their projects as they evolve, as well as present completed projects, which will demonstrate the connection between science and technology and their real life implementation.
3. Conducting meetings between the project developers and the whole body of students, their parents and educators, as well as the scientists and the industry representatives.