The Idea Program was formulated in order to meet the unique needs of talented and gifted students who are interested in and curious about the humanities and social sciences. The Program exposes students to the world of high-level academic research, and enables them to try executing research skills, develop critical thinking, read and write at high levels and understand the complexities of historical-social, political, financial and cultural processes.
The Program’s students write research projects on humanities and social sciences subjects, under the tutelage of personal advisors, experts from the world of academia. Their research projects are recognized by the Ministry of Education as a final project for a five-point advanced matriculation subject. Writing the research project serves as an opportunity for the students to empower themselves and develop as individuals within a challenging and long-term process. Idea offers its participants a significant intellectual experience, in conjunction with social and emotional support, and social encounters with other talented and gifted students from across the country. The Program is run as a joint initiative of the Future Scientists Center and the Ministry of Education - The Department for Talented and Gifted Students, and is fully subsidized. During the 2020 - 2021 academic year, the Program will be run out of Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Participation is free of cost.
The Program’s Goals
To develop the capabilities of talented and gifted students; to help them maximize their potential and to nurture the next generation of Israeli thought leaders.
To expose talented and gifted students to the fundamentals of academic research in the humanities and social sciences by providing them with access and exposure to new areas of knowledge and teaching them critical thinking skills.
To develop the individual capabilities and characteristics of talented and gifted students, such as motivation, ethicism, leadership, interpersonal relations, teamwork, autonomy, self-confidence, self-management and responsibility towards others. To create a group of alumni - the “serving elite,” whose contribution to society will serve as a national resource.
The Program is run out of Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The Idea Program is intended for talented and gifted 9th grade students (of all backgrounds).
In addition to intellectual prowess, the Program’s candidates must possess characteristics such as high levels of motivation, self-learning capabilities, determination, initiation, creativity, excitement, persistence, the ability to delay gratification and school-acceptable behavior.
The Program’s Curriculum
- The first summer camp, a stage in the admissions process, following the 9th grade.
- The first year of research, during the 10th grade.
- The second summer camp, following the 10th grade.
- The second year or research, during the 11th grade, at the end of which, students will submit their research projects to the Ministry of Education as a final matriculation project.