רקע ברירת מחדל
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Target Population
The Alpha program is intended for gifted students from all sectors, who would like to focus on science and technology studies in their secondary education. In addition to intellectual abilities, candidates for the program are required to demonstrate qualities such as a high level of motivation, independent learning ability, diligence, initiative, creativity, enthusiasm, persistence, the ability to delay their own gratification, and appropriate behavior in school.

 

Program Model
Students are recruited during 9th grade to participate in the program that comprises 4 stages:

An initial summer camp at the end of 9th grade
A first research year during 10th grade
A second summer camp at the end of 10th grade
A second year of research during 11th

Program Description

The Alpha program operates at 6 academic institutions:
Tel Aviv University – through Tel Aviv Youth University
Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Belmonte Science Laboratories Center
Technion – Science and Technology Youth Unite
Ben-Gurion University – through the Jusidman Center for Science Oriented Youth
The Weizmann Institute of Science's Davidson Institute of Science Education 
Ariel University's Unit for Children and Youth (program for girls only)

The Program’s Goals

To advance the abilities of gifted students, assist them in realizing their individual potential, and nurture a new generation of trailblazing scientists.
To expose gifted students to the fundamentals of scientific research – provide them with close-up personal experience of the scientist’s work; provide access to new areas of knowledge, scientific thinking, and modern research methods; and impart the skills necessary for carrying out scientific research.
To develop personal qualities such as motivation, ethical values, interpersonal relations, team work, independence, self-confidence, responsibility, and self-management.
To create a community of program alumni – an elite group whose contribution to society will constitute a resource of national importance.