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18 September 2017
Dear Members,
Last week, en route to the western Galilee, I decided to pay a second visit to Erez College.
Last year ICA approved $35,000 grant for the purchase of a plastic injection machine. A report was sent a few months ago.
The reason for this visit was to meet the 17 students who recently graduated from the training program and who have all been absorbed into the plastic factories whose need for professional workers is unlimited.

The Ministry of Economics decided that Erez College should continue to train students and encourage Galilee post-army youth to join the industrial sector.
There is a post-military program in the Arava for the integration of youth into the agricultural sector. I recommended that the Erez College management do the same, that is, open a post-military program for industry. They were very enthusiastic and will start the program next year. A pre-military academy for youth, interested in technology, is also being considered.

Attached are several photos for your viewing pleasure,
Zeev

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18 September 2017
Shalom Friends,

Last week I participated in the inauguration ceremony for the establishment of the new robotic lab. The new building includes a radio station, a CNC unit department, a 3D printing lab and a room that will soon house a control unit to track the Sha'ar Hanegev and Herzliah Nano-satellites. I suggested that the Misgav principal not build a Nano-satellite, but participate in the control program.

The new curriculum will enable an increase in the number of pupils interested in tech studies.

In the next meeting, Misgav will present a proposal to connect the robotic labs with the 3 greenhouses for the program of precise agriculture.

Zeev

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18 September 2017
Shalom Members,
This Academy is located in Kibbutz Alumim on the Gaza border. Last year ICA granted $12,500 for its establishment. It is unique in it's being the only religious pre-military male and female academy. At its inauguration yesterday, it was very impressive to see how the youth respect one another. The group is most dedicated to the goals that include agricultural work, public volunteering, Zionist studies, pre-military training and openness to the secular society. An idea was presented to form a relationship with Jewish youth in the Diaspora in order to share ideas and experience.

Enclosed are two photos from my visit there.

Zeev

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18 September 2017
Shalom Friends,

This week I had the opportunity to meet a group of high-school youngsters at a unique school established 3 years ago.
Why is this unique?
1. It is a boarding school for pupils who chose to do agricultural work.
2. The boys and girls are very committed to the combination of studies and farming.
3. The school has only a few simple rooms in Moshav Hatzeva.
What are the results?
1. There are about 40 pupils in Grades 10-12. Next year the number will be doubled.
2. The Minister of Education selected this place as a model for a new kind of high school in the Galilee and in the Negev.
3. The farmers of Hatzeva and Ein Yahav cannot dream of a better present, that is, having these pupils available to help them. Their responsibility for completing tasks is extraordinary.
4. It is not surprising that matriculation results in this area are very high in comparison to those of pupils who do not work.
ICA approved a grant that was used to build a study center. When I visited there, the pupils thanked me greatly. It was my pleasure to work together with the pupils picking dates.

Attached is a photo of my visit there,

Zeev

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23 July 2017
A year ago a grant was given to Beit Yehuda High School for study in physics.
The principal told me that there are two groups in their dormitory –French & Israeli – each studying physics according to their respective syllabus. I suggested that both groups learn together, choosing a topic not taught in either curriculum. Hence, rocket physics was selected. Since this high school is on the Gaza border, rocket study was very relevant.


The language gap was solved by teaching the program in English.

Last month 11 rockets were launched at the Weitzman Institute, because it cannot be done so close to the border. Teachers, pupils and parents were present at the launch which was appraised as highly successful. One of the proposals this year is a continuation of this project.
Enjoy the attached short film!

Zeev Miller

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6 June 2017
Dear Friends,
Twenty years ago it was my pleasure to teach and admire a pupil named Shiri Mazor.
Today Dr. Shiri Mazor is a molecular biology teacher at the Hashalom High School in Mitzpe Ramon.
She was recently awarded the "Teacher of the Country" prize. This is a competition where pupils choose their most significant teachers.

She is applying part of the synthetic biology curriculum, specifically in molecular biology, that ICA has promoted in several institutions, including Mitzpe Ramon. This week Shiri presented the program before the selection committee attended by the President of Israel. In her speech she thanked ICA for its contribution in equipping the molecular biology lab.
Filled with much pride,

Zeev

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24 December 2016

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.
 

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24 December 2016
The attached photo bears the ICA sign on the door of the hatchery for Macrobrachium prawn at Kibbutz Dan, a project approved by ICA a year ago.

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).

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12 December 2016
In 2015-2016, ICA Israel supported the establishment of a branch of precision agriculture and agricultural technology at the Ein Shemer Ecological Greenhouse. The aim of the project is to make significant progress in developing agricultural education along a scientific technological track, beginning at the Greenhouse itself, then afterwards at the schools and education frameworks that have work and study relations with the Greenhouse.

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).

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6 December 2016

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.

Zeev Miller