HEMDA Center for Science Education
HEMDA Center for Science Education, serves as the scientific arm to all high schools in Tel Aviv-Yafo. HEMDA has its own, specially designed campus for science education. HEMDA assumes the responsibility of teaching Physics, Chemistry and/or Computational Science to 9th to 12th grade students according to the Israeli curriculum, preparing them for Matriculation Examinations and beyond.
HEMDA is not a high school – it is a science center that serves 18 high schools across the city. HEMDA is not an enrichment center – It teaches chemistry and physics for all advanced level students in a deeper, wider and more engaging way than any regular school. HEMDA is resting on highly qualified teachers (most of them Ph.D.s) in 18 cutting-edge, well equipped laboratories. The educational concept of HEMDA is built on integrating theoretical studies with experimental work; therefore, traditional separation between classes and laboratories is broken and includes teacher demonstrations (many of them computer controlled implementing the results in models and simulations) and hands-on experiments for students.
The unique model of HEMDA results in many advantages for the students: a special program for 9th graders aimed at science-learning motivation and skills through specially designed experiments; unique programs for excelling students named “computational science”; excellence classes for in-depth physics; enrichment courses and special projects; a variety of workshops, books for the benefit of country-wide students and developing new experiments. During 2016-2017 academic year, 2000 students from 18 high schools attend HEMDA every week marking a record in its 25 years history.