Are you considering a summer camp in Israel? The following article, sent to me by Michal Rosenshein from Israel Science Program, describes a unique Israeli camp program.
eCamp, an Israel science program, the successful international Hi-Tech summer camp in Israel , opened the registration for this coming summer. eCamp exposes Jewish youth and teens from around the world to the unique technological capabilities which Israel possesses.
Many people don’t know the fact that a great deal of technological developments we use on an everyday basis were actually developed in Israel – by Israeli companies or extensions in Israel. For example, AIM/ICQ was developed in 1996 by four young Israelis, or M-Systems, an Israeli company, developed the USB-Flash Drives, used for portable digital information storage all over the world. The company was acquired by ScanDisk, the world's leader in the flash storage market, established by an Israeli. And these are only two examples - Israel is well known worldwide for its talented hi-tech industry. Many technology giants such as Microsoft, IBM, Intel, HP, Google, Cisco and many more have large R&D centers in Israel, and they continue to hire more and more talented graduates of Israeli universities, such as the Hebrew University and the Technion, which are also known worldwide as prestigious academic institutes.
In eCamp, campers meet with Jewish international technology leaders, such as Mr. Shai Agassi (Founder of 'Project Better Place') and visit high tech centers in Israel such as Intel and Google. eCamp takes advantage of Israeli and Israel-affiliated technology companies and developers who share their knowledge and experiences with campers. eCamp also provides a hands-on experience by offering a variety of over 20 workshops in subjects ranging from game designing, robotics and digital music to video editing, digital comics and video programming, and even offers a new workshop where campers literally build their own PC and take it home.
Furthermore, As opposed to other technology camps, eCamp has special programs for all ages, starting from 8 years old up to 18 years old. The older campers, the 'Gigabytes' group, undergo a special program that drives them into developing their leadership abilities and discovering the inner entrepreneur hidden inside. The focus is on having fun and trying out new experiences and responsibilities as well as 'chilling-out' with new friends from all over the world.
eCamp offers computer labs equipped with state-of-the-art technology, a private computer station for each camper, a big screen console game room and a warm and personal attitude. "Our staff is based on carefully-selected college students and graduates, people serving, or who have served in the Israeli Army’s Technology Units, and experienced international counselors and supervisors. We keep an average ratio of 6 campers per counselor and all our counselors know how to make sessions informative, practical and most important – enjoyable", says Tamir.
Moreover, eCamp is also very aware of the environment and the winds of change in the hi-tech world: "eCampers help create a better world! We care about the environment, we insist on equality, encourage 'green' activities and programs for protecting the planet, and we do that by taking the Jewish value of 'Tikkun Olam' ("Repairing the World") one step further" says Nir Gad, COO and Director of camps. "In last years' eCamp we devoted a great deal of time on what we call in Israel 'Green-Tech', and managed to pass it on to our campers" he concluded.
For more information visit ecamp4u.
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