Sparking children’s interest in science and technology through experiential learning activities, with youth acting as counselors and enriching their own skills and knowledge.
High school students teaching science as an after-school activity often do a better job than the school in sparking young children’s interest and inspiring them to learn more. This approach works in our Science Leadership program thanks to the informal interaction between the counselor and the group, and even more so thanks to a hands-on approach where games, creative experiments and model building are an essential part of the learning process.
Science Leadership is a free after-school enrichment program for elementary school children in the periphery. The counselors are 9th-12th grade students who received training to develop instruction and leadership skills, as well as to expand their own knowledge in science and technology fields – chemistry, physics, biology and robotics.
In addition to the weekly group sessions taking place in schools, community centers and so on, the program’s counselors lead special “science festivals” that are open to the public. They also work as guides at the Carasso Science Park and operate its 3D printing (FabLab) and Maker Space facilities.
While they serve as role models for the children they teach, the program allows the counselors to build their own capabilities. It strengthens their motivation to pursue academic studies in science and technology along with the confidence in their ability to succeed.
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