Michigan foundation gives $6 million to improve science education in Israel


(JTA) — The William Davidson Foundation will give $6 million over three years to improve science education in Israel through the use of technology.

The iScience initiative will include online professional development for educators; video conferences with Weizmann Institute scientists, graduate students and alumni; and extracurricular apps, games and puzzles promoting science and math.

It will operate under the William Davidson Institute of Science Education, the educational arm of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot.

The initiative from the Michigan-based foundation also will make high-quality science learning more accessible to students in Israel’s geographically removed and disadvantaged communities, such as the Arab and haredi Orthodox sectors, according to a news release.