In July, Technion Australia facilitated four Moriah College students and Masada College student Josh Wood, to go on the Technion’s SciTech science summer camp program in Haifa, where they joined more than 40 other participants from across the Jewish world.
The annual program aims to expose students to the true excellence and excitement found within the Technion – one of Israel’s leading universities – while also including day trips, workshops and activities that deepen understanding of Israel’s culture and history.
Last Friday, the Moriah participants – Mia Handel, Jessica Want, Amber Ando and Kiara Lapedus – shared their highlights and experiences of SciTech at a school assembly.
They said throughout their four-week stay at the Technion, they saw firsthand the incredible cutting edge research and work being conducted there across many fields of science, from advancements in bio-engineered meat substitutes, to new developments of diverse forms of antibiotics.
As a part of the program, they visited Madatech, “an incredible institution run by the Technion, that aims to bring a sense of tangibility to the scientific and technological ideas studied in the university”.
“We competed in challenging team exercises, such as building a working LED lighthouse tower and at Madatech, we studied robotics, which tested our knowledge and ignited our curiosity.
“We were given the opportunity to work in a lab, where we constructed our own batteries and we completed a two-day hackathon, where we expanded our STEM elective skills by soldering wires, connecting software and altering code.”
Later in the program, they visited the Technion Innovation Hub, working in groups to develop ideas for environmentally sustainable businesses.
“We studied presentation techniques and applied these newly found capabilities in a final presentation in front of a panel of experienced judges,” they said.
“We were also fortunate to go to the medical faculty at Technion’s Bat Galim campus, visiting research labs in many interesting fields such as neurology and cardiology, and spoke to scientists about their intriguing findings and future ambitions.
“And the friendships and connections we made with incredible people from around the globe are ones we truly cherish and will last a lifetime.
“We’d like to thank Technion Australia CEO Yoash Dvir who made this experience possible.”