Dina and Moses Dyckman Ulpanat AMIT students 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. The 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 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 Dyckman Ulpanat AMIT. As part of the project, AMIT students chose to participate in a FIRST competition. FIRST’s mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders.
“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 of a new and special field for all of us.”
The Dina and Moses Dyckman Ulpanat AMIT, located in Beersheva, has a school population of approximately 410 girls. The ulpana offers high level studies in academic subjects, including general technology, physics, chemistry, biology, computer science 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. A few years ago, an Ulpanat AMIT Beersheva student won the International Bible Competition.