AMIT Kiryat Malachi girls take top spot at national math contest
Girls from the AMIT Kiryat Malachi Jr. and Sr. High School came in first place at a national mathematical thinking competition, beating out 27 teams from other schools across Israel.
The competition was part of an excellence program run by Cracking the Glass Ceiling, a nonprofit operating throughout Israel that promotes STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) studies among girls and young women from the socioeconomic and geographic periphery in Israel. The program aims to remedy what it sees as the underrepresentation of women in STEM fields, by educating girls starting in middle school.
As part of their participation in the program, students meet with women who have made it to the highest levels in academia and high-tech. Tech firms “adopt” the girls, and they learn about how the companies operate and their organizational structure.
The young women take part in empowerment workshops, meetings with successful female role models, and participate in comprehensive extra-curricular tutoring in math and science. They take part in competitions focused on math, website and app development, and other science and technology-related initiatives.
Every year, 9th-grade students who take part in the program also compete in a math contest held at the Weizmann Institute of Science. This year, 500 girls from 27 schools across the country participated in the contest, whose theme had to do with Israel’s 70th Independence Day. The questions on creative and quick mathematical thinking, and the AMIT Kiryat Malachi students solved all the problems they were presented, rising to the top spot.
Cracking the Glass Ceiling was created by the organization Kol Israel Haverim, which promotes academic excellence and Jewish heritage among Israeli students.