Future engineers from Brooklyn go to Israeli firms
Asher Lifshutz, 16, is completing a new electronics, engineering, and computer engineering program at the Yeshivah of Joel Braverman High School in Brooklyn. He is one of 14 Flatbush students who took the opportunity to come to Israel over the winter break to see how these professions are driving Israel’s high-tech industry and how he will one day take his own place in that industry could.
“I figured [the trip] was an opportunity to do what I want to do in the Holy Land, ”Asher told ISRAEL21c during a lunch break in Jerusalem’s Ben Yehuda pedestrian street.
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The tour was planned by Keshet, the Center for Educational Tourism in Israel, in collaboration with the school’s deputy headmaster, Sari Bacon. However, it included activities such as jeeping in Galilee and the for fun Interactive Olympic Experience MuseumThe itinerary focused on technology and business.
“Our goal was to expand our engineering programs,” said Bacon. “A trip to Israel, we thought, would help our students see what they can do [professionally], especially in the context of Israel, as one of the core values of our school is the Medinat Yisrael [the State of Israel] is a divine gift. Our hearts and minds are wholly committed to the State of Israel. “
Learn about failures and successes
The February tour, titled Entrepreneurs, Engineers, Soldiers, and Venture Capitalists, included meetings with two of the main drivers of Israel’s growth from an industrialized nation to one of the world’s leading startup centers: “Grandfather of Silicon Wadi” Yossi Vardi, and venture capitalist Ed Mlavsky.
Accompanied by Keshet leader Muki Zohar visited the group MobileyeManufacturer of vision-based driver assistance systems; toured PrimeSense, the developers of Kinekt for Xbox; participated in entrepreneurship workshops with Israeli industrialists and students; and spoke to serial entrepreneur Bob Rosenschein at Answers.com.
For Asher, one of the highlights of the trip was hearing Rosenschein and other startup legends recover from previous ventures that crashed and died.
“The CEOs talked to us not only about how they succeeded, but also about how they failed,” he said. “It’s more important because everyone is successful in their own way, but when you sum up how everyone has failed, you learn from your mistakes how to succeed.”
Albert Benjamin, 17, told ISRAEL21c that Rosenschein’s presentation “was well planned and had a huge impact on me because it not only explained how to be a better businessman, but also how to be a better person. He’s very calm and positive, and the way he does things has a positive effect on everyone around him. “
“It will definitely shape our future”
The 14 students – 13 boys and one young woman from the 2012 Flatbush class – also had a look behind the scenes G-Nius, one of the leading Israeli robotics companies; the Trendlines Incubator for Life Science Startups; Microsoft Israel R&D center;; Developer of an electric car network Better place and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
“I love engineering and the whole field of science in general, and I have a feeling that it will definitely shape our future,” said Sammy Tbeile, 16, “so I felt that Israel was the greatest innovator in technology right now is and if I want to go into it and leave my mark on the world, the best place to do so is the largest center.
“Just like Socrates went to the Acropolis when he wanted to gain knowledge, so I go to the Acropolis of Technology,” Sammy concluded.
The assistant principal hopes the tour will become an annual option at Flatbush because of its impact on the first group of attendees.
“We have a new technology director at the school who is very keen to work with the students on app creation and other inventions, and I think we have 14 students who might now want to be a part of that,” said she predicted.
Keshet has designed educational Israel tours for more than 20 Jewish day schools in the US and England, lasting anywhere from 10 days to three months, and tailored to the preferences of each school.
“Instead of learning about Israel through pictures and words, students can live the experience they have studied,” explains the tour operator’s website. “The students who took part in these trips return home with a strengthened Jewish identity and a sense of belonging to Israel.”