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On December 21'st ICA manager, Mr. Zeev Miller, visited the Ofek High School in the Matte Asher region.
There "Merkaz Acheret" and ICA run an educational accelerator for high school pupils and teachers in the Western Galilee.
One of the projects involves the making of a harp, activated by wind, that plays unique, fascinating sounds.
The project integrates several subjects including physics, product design engineering and business development.
The team members who examined the unfinished product were very impressed with the pupil's exposure to so many scientific facets.
The enclosed photos are part of the presentation describing the product's development. (The Hebrew slides are omitted.)
We are proud that ICA is a significant participant in such an interesting program.
Remarkable scientific results have been attained and are being used in the hatchery development, as the project enters its second year.
Marketing of prawns is already planned for February to the Far East, this in collaboration with Enzootic (a start-up company that is also connected to ICA).
The precision agriculture project at the Greenhouse advanced considerably. Ein Shemer sees this field as being at the forefront of the Greenhouse's study and research, and has the intention to continue to develop this in the coming years. Students at the Greenhouse are excited to become acquainted with, explore and invent technological solutions in the field of agriculture, while teachers who are exposed to the project are similarly are similarly enthused by the educational programs.
For the the full summary report of activities and additional photos, please see the attached document (Hebrew).
The second tour in 2016 focused on the Tamar Regional Council region.
The more than 30 participants included teachers, school principals and directors.
The Dead Sea area was chosen to demonstrate several issues:
1. The Dead Sea and surroundings are in a most critical situation. Each year the water level drops by one meter, causing substantial recession of the shore and great ecological danger to a unique region of the world. At present, there is no feasible solution.
2. The huge sinkholes around the Dead Sea have ensued great economic damage to settlements, tourism, transportation and agriculture.
The sinkhole answer is dependent on the whole Dead Sea solution.
3. The Israeli agricultural crisis also exists in the Dead Sea area.
Notwithstanding the difficulties, several inspiring developments were presented:
1. Ein Tamar farmers are growing medicinal herbs for export to Europe. A farmer claimed: “Not even one gram of Salicornia can be gotten in Israel because it is all exported.”
2. It is certainly encouraging that Israel is investing millions to strengthen the tourist industry. Today there are 3000 hotel rooms, with an additional 6500 planned within the next three years, including “floating hotels on the Dead Sea” itself.
3. And, of course, the opening of the Dead Sea Research Institute was a highlight.
Researchers of the Science Center explained their research activity, emphasizing the possibilities for teachers to use it as an educational knowledge center.
As always, it was a pleasure to meet friends from the north (Tel-Hai) and from the south. Next year the tour will take place in the mid-Galilee.
ICA is very proud of its support for this successful project.
The studio, which will serve the Clore Center for educational and professional use, meets all current demands for state-of-the-art production.
Designed and built during 2015 - 2016, the studio occupies a place that was previously used as a storage room for musical instruments and equipment.
The attached pdf document, which includes Hebrew text and many pictures, tells the story of the entire process.
This week the Dead Sea Research Institute at Masada was inaugurated with many attendees who watched a very moving ceremony. Attached are several photos relating to ICA’s involvement.
The Institute was established by the Tamar Regional Council with the support of the Israeli government, the Porter Foundation (England) and, of course, ICA in Israel at a cost of 4 million NIS.
During the ceremony Professor Yona Chen spoke on behalf of ICA that was praised by many participants for its activity overall and, specifically, at the Tamar Regional Council and at the scientific R&D.
The greatest achievement of the Dead Sea & Arava Science Center has been to attract a significant number of researchers, engineers, technicians and research students. Just a few years ago there were hardly any researchers with little laboratory efforts. Without a doubt, the Ein Gedi branch is the most outstanding of the 3 R&D branches. ICA will have to try to strengthen the other branches at Hatzeva and at Ketura.
The Research Institute will house both the Science Center and the Tel-Aviv University. At the ceremony university researchers presented about 20 diverse study areas to be explored at the Institute. All research will be both practical and feasible, enriching the region with researchers and other academic staff.
The combination of the University and the Science Center marks an important stage of development, encompassing the University’s power and prestige with researchers’ work at the Center, assures fruitful cooperation that will benefit both sides, as well as the Tamar region itself.
One study presented by a University researcher was about the use of tools in the genome field for identifying and joining different sections of the Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered 60 years ago in the Judean desert. This is a perfect example that demonstrates the integration of scientific technology and the historical story. Professor Bentwich presented achievements in the microbiome and skin field, that the Science Center focuses on and specializes in.
With great pleasure I take this opportunity to inform you that 2 patents, related to the MOR plant, have been registered by the Science Center. The research has now ended and its results enable us to proceed to the commercial phase. Both Algatech and Kibbutz Hatzerim are examining possible investment and commercialization. I recently met with American trade companies that will also study possible cooperation in the MOR and skin field. All this brings much respect to the Science Center and ample pride and joy to ICA.
ICA supports the advancement of agricultural research, with special emphasis on methods of identification, prevention and environmentally-friendly pest control.
The phyto-pathological and physiological labs for plants are well-integrated in this outlook.
Mr. Razi Yahel, together with Sde Boker College and assisted ICA, decided to transform the site of these inscriptions into a history class.
Well done! The site is being visited and studied by many students.
One student, says Yahel, decided to write his thesis on the subject, which received a mark of 100.
We had the pleasure of inaugurating the Water Desalination pump whose implementation was supported by a grant to Northern R&D last year.
The plot was planted with banana trees and the research question is how to solve some acute irrigation problems that affect the Banana branch.
On August 30'th I visited El Hama, the meeting point of three country borders: Syria, Jordan and Israel. The site is a geo-thermal water spring that in the past was the ideal place to raise crocodiles and now serves tourism.
The reason for my visit was to see our joint venture project with Kibbutz Dan.
The prawns, Macrobrachius, are grown in several ponds. Dr. Hurwitz explained that the crabs, each weighing 0.2 grams, are brought to the pond from Enzootic. In one month they grow to 1.4 grams, truly amazing! Dr. Hurvitz said that the larvae feel very good and have a 100% survival rate.
In the attached files you will be able to see:
1. The Macrobrachius when caught.
2. The Macrobrachius on the plate. (The Macrobrachius in my stomach is impossible to see without an X-ray.)
3. The prawns grow in the mud. On the water surface you can see the red Tilapia.
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