The second "Smart-up Science Youth Camp" in Israel has begun!

The second Smart-up Science Camp was inaugurated in the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot.  

18 Chinese scholars aged 12-17 have won a prize to visit Israel and take part in the camp which includes science activities in the Weizmann institute provided by its faculty, together with extra curriculum activities in an array of fields including visits to the School of Marine Biology in Michmoret, the Ecological Greenhouse in Ein Shemer, Haifa Science Museum (“Madatech”) and many more places which represent the forefront of Israeli education for science and technology. The highlight of the visit will be a meeting with the Nobel Prize winner, Prof. Ada Yonat.

Israeli peers will join the camp as well.

Israel, its science and technological achievements have gained a high reputation in China.

Also referred to as the “Start-up Nation”, Israel is not only a point of interest for China businessmen and entrepreneurs, but also to those who strive to provide their children with technological and entrepreneurial education. Youth science camps not only strengthen Israel’s reputation as a world leader in science education, but also naturally create future “Israeli ambassadors” to China amongst the participants.

The camp was initiated and brought out by Shirat Enterprises – a company engaged in business development of Israeli hi-tech companies in China, thru a special platform funded by local Chinese governments, and Wanxin Media, a local company engaged in e-learning and publishing based in Anhui province in China.

Both companies see this initiative as a catalyzer for continuously strengthen ties between the two counties.

In the opening ceremony that took place today at the Weizmann Institute, Mr. Han Jun, Science and Technology Attaché of the Chinese Embassy emphasized the great opportunity and privilege to visit and learn in Israel: “10 days might not be a long time compared to a lifetime, but nevertheless, hopefully this visit and participating in the science camp will influence you for a lifetime!”.

Eliezer Manor, President of Shirat Enterprises also added from his own personal experiences, being a participant of the first science youth camp that took place in the Weizmann Institute 50 years ago.

“I was inspired by the spirit and values I absorbed during the youth camp”. He addressed the new campers: “I hope you will continue to be attracted to science, technology and innovation, because these are the most important tools in your toolbox”  

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