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Annual Report

2018 in a glance

2018 was a year of science without borders for us, as the Museum integrated extensive international activities in its events in fields incorporating science and technology education.
The Museum’s exhibitions enjoyed much success throughout the world: in celebration of Israel’s 70th year, and as part of the Israel-France 2018 Culture Season, the Museum and the Universcience science museum in Paris exchanged exhibitions. The Parisian On the Edge exhibition was hosted in our Museum while our exhibition, Illusions – Mind Boggling, opened in Paris. The bicycle exhibition, 2x200, launched its world tour in Bremen, Germany; and another copy of the Illusion exhibition was sold to the new science museum in Dublin, alongside other flagship exhibitions developed and built by the Museum.
We completed three years of extensive activity in multi-year international projects such as the Hypatia project for encouraging girls to choose science and technology; and we extended our involvement in other projects we are partner to: OSOS – Open School for Open Society; and the Human Brain Project. We also joined as partners in a new and exciting project, SySTEM that evaluates informal activity in the fields of science and technology. These projects will be described in greater detail further on.
This year we were leading partners and hosts of several international conferences. The conference, Towards 2030 and Beyond, was a collaboration of all science museums in Israel, including the Davidson Institute and Schwartz/Reisman Science Education Centers, and hosted 25 science museum directors from around the world. It dealt in future trends and directions in the activities of museums and science centers in contributing to science capital. The conference was the ‘opening shot’ for continued collaboration, and its products have already generated active partnerships.
The Museum also serves as an innovative pedagogic development lab in scientific and technological education, focusing on Learning by Doing, and as such we led the second Make & Education week in Israel. This event is part of the FabLearn conference, and is the result of collaboration with the MindCET and Mifras organizations. During this week activities took place in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Yeruham, and other locations across the country. This year’s conference hosted leading speakers and educators from Stanford University in the USA and Makers from Italy. The highlight of the week was the Jerusalem Mini Maker Faire held at the Museum. At the end of an activity-packed week we learned of the great interest among teachers and educational staff in Israel who consider including the Make approach in education as key to changing teaching methods. They showed much interest in experimenting, peer learning, and a strong desire to share and be part of a learning community. In light of our years of activity and experience in Israel and international collaborations, we are leading the Make-Ed community forward into 2019 while developing teaching materials to serve the formal education system and others – at home, in the community, and in the museum.





Date Created: 23/06/13
Date Updated: 15/05/19