The Ministry of Education established the "SKILLZ" program in 2015 to promote and lead technological education for K-12 students. The
“SKILLZ” team works in close collaboration with the IATI (The Israel Advanced Technology Industries), whose mutual efforts have already made a
major impact on the approach to technological education, and on the quantity and quality of the technological education in Israel.
Last year, 350,000 students (with increasing numbers annually), from all over the country were introduced to “STEM” educational fields, such as programming, mathematics, robotics, engineering, and electronics.
This year, “SKILLZ” is expanding and supporting a "Programming and Robotics" curriculum designated for elementary schools. In addition to the pedagogical impact of the program, the “SKILLZ” program also has a major social significance. “SKILLZ” invests specific efforts in targeting social and geographical fringe populations.
“SKILLZ”s' future objective is to become the most dominant learning/teaching platform in the Israeli school system, with the long-term goal of eventually creating a "flip classroom" educational policy in which the children will study at home and practice and ask questions at school.
All this is currently implemented within the "Cyber Championship" framework. The "Cyber Championship" is an online digital learning platform composed of educational computer games systems, suitable for children. This digital platform empowers innovative learning tools while supporting the cognitive learning skills of the 21st century students – the “Z” generation.
Our program encourages local authorities, schools, and parent involvement. All these factors unite to advance educational excellence and values. Volunteers for the leading high-tech companies in Israel and from elite IDF technological units are recruited as professional mentors for the children. These partnerships expose the children to major scientific and technical fields and create a favorable awareness of the “SKILLZ” program and its contribution to Israeli society on a national level.
D3 Conference 2019
The Israeli Ministry of Education and Israel Advanced Technology Industries (IATI) are collaborating in promoting technological education in Israel. The main joint activity is the Israeli Cyber Championship, which is being held for the fifth year, focusing on programming, mathematics and electronics. Robotics will be added this year. The championship combines a collection of competitions for 1st to 12th graders.
As a result of the competitions, collaboration began in the development of curricula, teaching materials and MOOCs in the fields of computer science and electronics.
In the last competition, we held a panel on "New Doors for High-Tech". The panelists were Yossi Vardi; Yossi Matias, VP Engineering at Google and Chairman of the MNC Forum at IATI; Shahar Bar-Or, VP Embedded Engineering at Western Digital and Chairman of the IATI Education Committee; Dorit Dor, VP Products at Check Point, Peretz Regev CEO PayPal Israel, Ofer Rimon Deputy Director General of Ministry of Education.
This year (April 2019) we will organize for the first time, a conference that will be held annually, in parallel with the competition, titled “D3” (Education, Industry and Academy, pronounced D cube). The conference deals with the connection between industry and academy on one side and STEM education on the other. This year the conference will focus on encouraging youngsters to learn and explore STEM subject in an open environment which offers free and available open materials, and will be titled 'Tech is Open'.
The conference's target audience is academicians, students (high school, grads. and postgrads.) educators in the fields of STEM and all others that interested in STEM education. The conference will be held by the Israeli Ministry of Education in cooperation with IATI.