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Annual Report


2017 in a glance

To arouse curiosity, encourage understanding,and foster excellence through hands-on experience in science, technology, and engineering.

The term ‘Science Capital’ was coined by King’s College London, UK. It denotes the sum of scientific knowledge, proficiency, experience, attitudes, and resources that a person accumulates throughout his or her life in all spheres. This includes the social fabric and educational frameworks – both formal and informal – in which they take part and to which they are exposed. The amount of Science Capital a person accrues influences their decision to pursue science and technology professions – STEM: science, technology, engineering, and math. It also influences the way they view themselves as people for whom science and technology are interwoven in their personal, civil, and/or professional lives. The science museum plays a central role in helping individuals acquire knowledge and experiences from an early age that contribute to their Science Capital and which we will see passed on to the next generati on.

Time has flown by since the museum opened its doors twenty-five years ago to its permanent and current residence. Yet we still remember the museum’s formative period, prior to that, when the late Prof. Peter Hillman initiated the Open Eye workshop with a group of researchers, conducted throughout the
Hebrew University’s research campus. Our dream of a science museum in Jerusalem has come to life with the help of The Jerusalem Foundation and the
Bloomfield family, who were pioneers in establishing the museum. From that day to this, our vision has been theirs.

We look back with much pride, especially at the very productive year of 2017, and we look forward to many more such years of achievements in the fields of scientific culture and scientific-technological education.

The museum fosters curiosity and interest in the fields of science and technology, presenting them as part of daily culture, encouraging the decision to study these fields, and promoting excellence in them. The museum’s activities focus mainly on the following:
❶ Developing and producing exhibitions and
events with interactive exhibits that encourage
seeing, touching, and learning, as well as the
understanding of scientific phenomena and the
development of engineering solutions.
❷ Developing and operating educational programs in science and technology together with the Ministry of Education for students and teachers, both in the museum and in the schools.
❸ Promoting a culture of ‘thinking with your hands’, while encouraging creativity and innovation that integrates the fields of science, technology, and crafts. Activities in the international
Maker spirit are held both within and outside the museum, while emphasizing the integration of diverse populations of all ages. Emphasis is placed on developing educational programs that encourage problem solving.
Time has flown by since the museum opened its doors twenty-five years ago to its permanent and current residence. Yet we still remember the museum’s formative period, prior to that, when the late Prof. Peter Hillman initiated the Open Eye workshop with a group of researchers, conducted throughout the Hebrew University’s research campus. Our dream of a science museum in Jerusalem has come to life with the help of The Jerusalem Foundation and the Bloomfield family, who were pioneers in establishing the museum. From that day to this, our vision has been theirs.
We look back with much pride, especially at the very productive year of 2017, and we look forward to many more such years of achievements in the fields of scientific culture and scientific-technological education.
 

Total number of visitors (visitors, including external activities): 294,322

Science and culture for the general public: 162,770

Science education for students and educators: 81,760


 










 

Date Created: 23/06/13
Date Updated: 12/03/18