Davidson-World ORT International Science Summer School at Weizmann Institute

The World ORT-Weizmann Science Summer School at the Davidson Institute is a three-week excellence summer program for ORT students from around the world to spend time at a prestigious academic institute in Israel, conducting cutting-edge scientific research projects alongside academic experts, enhancing awareness and interest in careers related to science and technology. The summer school also aims to enhance student’s knowledge and understanding of subjects at the frontiers of science and technology; provide students with the experience of actively participating in scientific research at a level which they could not find in their high school, stimulating them beyond the limitations of their school’s curriculum and appreciating the importance of and develop their own scientific communication skills.

Following the selection of projects from a variety of fields – e.g. astronomy, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry, computer and mathematical science, medical science, nanotechnology and physics, students are assigned individual lab-based research projects, working with sophisticated equipment under the supervision of experienced researchers. Students receive guidance on scientific writing and the principles of effective scientific communication. At the end of their projects, students present their findings to the remainder of the group, as well as writing up a full scientific research report.

Senior academics provide lectures, workshops and demonstrations to the group on specialist scientific topics, and in addition, students are given the opportunity to hear from entrepreneurs who have successfully developed business start-ups which have spun off from science and technology projects.

A full program of organized social activities and unstructured recreational time provides students with the opportunity to get to know each other, encouraging students to connect with other ORT students from different countries who share similar interests in science and technology. Students enjoy a rich Jewish and cultural experience during their time in Israel, taking part in weekend trips to sites of Jewish cultural significance across the country. 

Summer 2015, Weizmann Institute, Israel

Last summer WO brought together 20 of ORT’s top science students in their penultimate year of high school from Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Russia and Ukraine. Following the selection of projects from a variety of fields (eg. astrophysics, biochemistry, molecular biology, computer and mathematical science) students were assigned individual lab-based research projects, working with sophisticated equipment under the supervision of experienced researchers. Students receive guidance on scientific writing and the principles of effective scientific communication. At the end of their projects, students present their findings to the remainder of the group, as well as writing up a full scientific research report. Senior academics provide masterclasses, workshops and demonstrations to the group on specialist scientific topics, and in addition, students are given the opportunity to hear from entrepreneurs who have successfully developed business start-ups which have spun off from science and technology projects. Senior Weizmann Institute scientists presented lectures in specialist topics such as cancer and brain research, gene therapy and particle physics.