2 AMIT students advance to finals of national science competition
Two seniors from the AMIT Evelyn Schreiber Jr. and Sr. High School for Girls advanced to the national round of a competition for young scientists and inventors, which will take place in March at the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem.
The young women, Oshrat and Perachel, are among 40 students from across Israel who made it to the final round of the Young Scientists and Developers in Israel competition. The girls were aided by the school’s science teacher, Chana Cohen, in their research on the effects of two different polycomb proteins on the immune system.
Their work impressed the judges who took into consideration their scientific thinking, research, originality, innovation, creativity, and future contribution to science and society. Their achievement is especially significant in that Tzfat is located in northern Israel and less than half of its students earn a full bagrut (matriculation) certificate.
The competition’s finalists will attend a three-day science and technology camp that will also be held in Jerusalem. They will also be awarded their prize at a festive ceremony in the Knesset sponsored by its Science and Technology Committee.
The winners will go on to represent Israel at an international competition for budding scientists.
Tzfat’s mayor, Yehoshua “Shuki” Ohana, congratulated the girls on their impressive achievement, adding that his city is working with the Science, Technology and Space Ministry to expand science studies in Tzfat schools, “so that we will see more students bring pride to our city and attain considerable achievements like Oshrat and Perachel.”
The young scientists competition, organized by the Education Ministry and the Goren-Monti-Ferrari Family Foundation, is now in its 22nd year. It caters to high school students in grades 10-12 from all over the country, who studying science at the 5-point bagrut level and are in the process of writing research papers or projects in physics, chemistry, math, life sciences and the environment, technology and engineering, or computer science.