The Odyssey Program at Bar-Ilan University focuses on the field of quantum engineering.
This field is expected to drive a scientific and technological revolution in the coming years, with the development of quantum encryption capability, the construction of quantum computers, and more. The State of Israel has set itself a goal to be at the forefront of the “Second Quantum Revolution,” by encouraging research in the field, as well as by training the next generation - the students who will become tomorrow’s quantum engineers.
Studies take place twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays, between the hours of 15:00 and 19:45. The courses are scheduled according to the academic calendar, while taking into account school holidays.
During the Chanukah, Passover and Summer vacations, leadership days, tours, workshops and activities are held, involving all of the country’s Odyssey Programs and their participants. The summer preparatory course will be held on the following dates: 1-16/07/2020, at Bar-Ilan University, and will include two core courses - physics and mathematics, as well as laboratory time and meetings with researchers. Tests will be held throughout the course, at the end of which, a final exam will be taken by all participants.
About the Track
The Program spans the course of four years, from the start of 9th grade until the end of 12th grade. During the initial years, the students will complete their mathematics and physics matriculation exams at a 5-point level (in accordance with the “Academia in High School” guidelines). The guiding principle throughout these years is to create a balance between technical, matriculation-oriented studies, which trains the students to practically implement mathematic and calculation methods, and advanced studies, on an academic level, which provide the students with the ability and tools to think creatively and independently - capabilities based upon their initial training, of course. As such, the courses offered during the first two years of the Program are, for the most part, designed for Odyssey students, with courses offered to physics and engineering BA students gradually entering the syllabus. The studies will also include practical experience in advanced research laboratories. The more talented and Gifted Odyssey students will be able to register for additional academic courses that are not within the framework of the Program, in the fields of engineering and physics, should they wish. The credits they accumulate while participating in the Program will be applicable towards any Bachelor’s degree, within 5 years of their completing their army service.
In addition to the academic studies, the Odyssey Program at Bar-Ilan University includes diverse enrichment studies that enable students to deepen their social value and individual capabilities, such as time management, teamwork, and more. The Program runs intensive study days, workshops, industry tours and joint national activities for alla Odyssey students, during the holidays and summer vacation. The Program is overseen by Professor Moshe Levenstein, Vice President of the university, and is staffed with leading researchers, each possessing vast professional knowledge in the fields of physics, mathematics and engineering.
What is Quantum Engineering?
Quantum mechanics, a revolutionary theory describing nature’s behavior in microscopic dimensions, was developed at the start of the 20th century. quantum theory, which enables us to understand the behavior of the smallest possible particles (among other capabilities) - the electron and the photon, serves as the foundation for the technological revolution that took the world by storm during the middle of the 20th Century. For example, the quantum phenomenon called “tunneling,” which enables the electron to pass through obstacles, without having to go around them. This phenomenon is critical to understanding the behavior of transistors, the basic element of any computer or cellular phone, and is also a fundamental of the semiconductor industry. Similarly, the laser industry is based upon quantum phenomena that explain the influence of electrons on photons. It recently became evident that, under certain conditions, one can identify quantum phenomena within the macroscopic world as well, even from distances as far as hundreds, or even thousands, of kilometers. The implementation of quantum phenomena on macroscopic scales is expected to lead to a second wave of the Quantum-technological revolution during the present century.
One of the basic concepts of quantum mechanics is the “quantum entanglement,” within which two or more electrons or two photons are “interwoven,” with each capable of carrying information about the other. This information remains stored, even when the two particles are very far away from each other. Taking technological advantage of the “quantum entanglement” phenomena will lead to a revolution within the most innovative of technological fields, including secure quantum communications networks, navigation systems, quantum computing systems, biomedical sensors, and more.
The Admissions Process
Registration for the Program will be open between the following dates: 17.11.19 - 19.01.20.
The admissions process is intended for excellent 8th grade students, and includes four stages. Changes may be made to the admissions process, Kindly book all relevant dates and periodically check the website for updates.
First stage: Registration - via the Future Scientists Center website, between the following dates: 17.11.19 - 19.01.20.
Second stage: National admissions exam - the Future Scientists’s Test will be held at Bar-Ilan University, on one of the following dates:
Students who successfully pass the national admissions exam will be notified via e-mail and invited to take part in the next stage.
Third stage: Internal admissions exam - At Bar-Ilan University on Tuesday, 24.3.2020. Students who successfully pass the internal admissions exam will be notified via e-mail and will be invited to the summer preparatory admissions course.
Fourth stage: Summer preparatory admissions course - Will be held between the following dates: 1.7.2020 - 16.7.2020. Location information will be announced at a later date. Notification of whether or not the candidate was accepted to the program will be sent to their e-mail during August of 2020.
Candidates must take part in all of the admissions stages and successfully pass all admissions exams.
They must successfully complete the summer preparatory admissions course. This is a crucial precondition for being accepted to the Program.
Candidates to the Program must send the Program’s staff their most recent school report card, which indicates their high level of achievement and positive feedback from their school regarding their learning and conduct. Students attending schools that do not hand out report cards must send in a document, in which their educators review the candidate.
The Program’s staff reserves the right to invite any candidate and their parents to a personal meeting, as part of the admissions process.
Dr. Yoni Toker- Academic Principal
Dr. Sarit Cohen- Head of the Science-oriented Youth Department
Ms. Tal Baydani- Program Coordinator
Ms. Shani Mizrachi- Administrative Deputy to the Vice Principal
Dr. Yossi Ben Zion, Dr. Baruch Barzel, Prof. Avi Pe’er, Dr. Sarit Natan and Dr. Emmanuel de la Tura- Academic Guidance and Counseling
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