Outreach to Youth
Exposure to academia at an early age can have a major influence on young people’s lives. This is particularly true for youngsters from Israel’s social and geographic periphery, and for girls who are generally not encouraged to pursue technological fields. To counter this trend, TAU runs several national projects for youth aimed at fostering excellence and creating a connection with the University. The projects boost the youngsters’ chances of applying and being accepted to university later on.
$750,000 over 5 years (matching) Academic Cities: TAU Online is partnering with cities across Israel – particularly in the periphery – to integrate online university-level courses into the high school curriculum. Pupils can earn TAU course credits and even acceptance to TAU later on based on their academic performance.
$315,000 per year Adopting High Schools: TAU’s Constantiner School of Education is partnering with high schools in Israel’s periphery to create a two-way dialogue – and reciprocal visits – benefiting both scholars and the schools.
$2.5 million Youth University Wing: The Wing spans 4 floors of the Check Point Building and serves as the state-of-the-art home of TAU’s Youth University, Israel’s largest hub for youth education and technological training. It includes classrooms, labs, informal study areas and a planetarium.
$60,000 per year “Girls Think Science”: A program designed to spur young girls’ interest in STEM fields at an early stage, comprising tours of TAU labs and meetings with TAU female role models.
$100,000 – $2 million Galleries and other Sub-Units at The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History: The Museum teaches about the natural world and the environment, and sparks curiosity and the spirit of scientific discovery among youth from across Israel.
$75,000 per year Arab high school campus days: Israeli-Arab high school students visit the campus for introductory tours of the University, encouraging them to see a higher education as a viable possibility.
$300,000 Nano Visitors Center: Located on the ground floor of the Nano Building, now under construction, this facility will host dozens of groups and delegations every year. It will be specially designed to inspire youngsters, students and the general public about the possibilities offered by nanoscience.