December 2018: Edmond J. Safra women students introduce STEM to young girls
Edmond J. Safra graduate student fellows Talia Kustin, Gal Yankovitz and Danielle Miller (Life Sciences Faculty) are volunteering in Mehamemet program, aiming to encourage school girls to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in general, and especially, computer science.
Yael Steuerman, former Edmond J. Safra PhD fellow (Life Sciences, Gat-Viks lab) established the Mehamemet program some five years ago. Its goal is to promote learning of STEM among girls, aiming at achieving gender equality in industry and academia. The program strives to reach as many girls as possible, to share with them a positive STEM experience, and to give them role models of female scientists.
Over 600 volunteers were trained in the project so far, and only in the past year they reached about 2,700 students girls in more than 100 workshops in schools and hi-tech companies. More than 60% of the workshops were held in the periphery of Israel.
Recently, Talia and Gal delivered a unique workshop called "Hannuka-Christmas", where they taught students in grades 6 to 8 to prepare illuminated greeting cards. The students designed the electric illumination circuits in the cards (see picture above).