A team of students from the Dina and Moses Dyckman Ulpanat AMIT won first place in the “inspiration” category in a FIRST Robotics Competition for designing and building a robot that acts as a basketball player, shooting baskets and moving around the court. FIRST’s mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders.
Our students were introduced to robotics through the Inbal Project, a joint initiative of the Beersheva Municipality and Ben Gurion University of the Negev. The goal of the Inbal Project is to acquaint junior and senior high school girls with the world of engineering and technology. Sixty girls from throughout Beersheva participate in the project, ten of whom attend Ulpanat AMIT Dyckman.
“None of us ever thought of becoming involved in the field of engineering and electricity,” said Ulpanat AMIT team captain Talor Wertzman. “Our encounter with this field in classes at the university and at the competition has opened the opportunity to a new and special field for all of us.”
The Dina and Moses Dyckman Ulpanat AMIT has a school population of about 410 girls. The ulpana offers high level studies in academic subjects, including general technology, physics, chemistry, biology, computer sciences, and an intensive Judaic studies program. In addition, the ulpana offers many extracurricular and enrichment programs and activities, including a twinning program with a Jewish high school in Montreal, Canada, and university studies alongside regular studies.