The Ministry of Education established the "SKILLZ" program in 2015 to promote and lead technological education for K-12 students. The
“SKILLZ” team works in close collaboration with the IATI (The Israel Advanced Technology Industries), whose mutual efforts have already made a
major impact on the approach to technological education, and on the quantity and quality of the technological education in Israel.
Last year, 350,000 students (with increasing numbers annually), from all over the country were introduced to “STEM” educational fields, such as programming, mathematics, robotics, engineering, and electronics.
This year, “SKILLZ” is expanding and supporting a "Programming and Robotics" curriculum designated for elementary schools. In addition to the pedagogical impact of the program, the “SKILLZ” program also has a major social significance. “SKILLZ” invests specific efforts in targeting social and geographical fringe populations.
“SKILLZ”s' future objective is to become the most dominant learning/teaching platform in the Israeli school system, with the long-term goal of eventually creating a "flip classroom" educational policy in which the children will study at home and practice and ask questions at school.
All this is currently implemented within the "Cyber Championship" framework. The "Cyber Championship" is an online digital learning platform composed of educational computer games systems, suitable for children. This digital platform empowers innovative learning tools while supporting the cognitive learning skills of the 21st century students – the “Z” generation.
Our program encourages local authorities, schools, and parent involvement. All these factors unite to advance educational excellence and values. Volunteers for the leading high-tech companies in Israel and from elite IDF technological units are recruited as professional mentors for the children. These partnerships expose the children to major scientific and technical fields and create a favorable awareness of the “SKILLZ” program and its contribution to Israeli society on a national level.
D3 Conference 2019
The Israeli Ministry of Education and Israel Advanced Technology Industries (IATI) work in close collaboration to promote technological education in Israel. Their most significant joint venture is the Israeli Cyber Championship, which is into its fifth year. The championship focuses on programming, mathematics, and electronics for k-12 students. This year a robotics heat has been added.
As a result of the competitions, collaboration began in the development of curricula, teaching materials and MOOCs in the fields of computer science and electronics.
During the previous competition (2018), we held a panel on "New Doors for High-Tech". The panelists were Yossi Vardi; Yossi Matias, VP Engineering at Google and Chairman of the MNC Forum at IATI; Shahar Bar-Or, VP Embedded Engineering at Western Digital and Chairman of the IATI Education Committee; Dorit Dor, VP Products at Check Point, Peretz Regev CEO PayPal Israel, Ofer Rimon Deputy Director General of Ministry of Education.
This year (April 2019) we are introducing, for the first time, an annual conference titled “D3” (Education, Industry and Academy, pronounced D cube). This conference will be held concurrently to the competition. The conferences' main topic is the connection and collaboration between industry and academia on the one hand and STEM education on the other. How can academia & industry encourage youngsters to learn and explore STEM subjects, and how can the educational system contribute towards creating the next generation of developers and researchers.
The conference's target audience is academicians, STEM field educators, Industry leaders, students (high school, grads. and postgrads) and all those that have a vested interest in STEM education. The conference will be held by the Israeli Ministry of Education in cooperation with IATI.