Building on the success of last year’s pioneer program, ORT once again will introduce campers at six U.S. Jewish summer camps to Israeli innovation. From July 8 through July 17, more 700 campers from 9 to 13 years old will take part in ORT’s Start-up Challenge, which includes interactive educational activities focused on science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) topics that embrace the entrepreneurial spirit of Israel’s Start-up nation.
Participating camps include Camp Tamarack in Ortonville, Michigan; NJY Camps including Camp Nah-Jee-Wah in Milford, Pa., and Camps Shoshanim and Nesher in Lakewood, Pa.; and Camps Young Judea and Yavneh in Amherst, N.H.
ORT’s Start-up Challenge will provide campers an opportunity to delve into science, experience cutting-edge technology, and discover Israeli culture in a fun and interactive setting. Through problem-solving, creative thinking, teamwork, and tournaments, ORT will teach critical 21st-century skills as campers build robots, experience virtual reality, integrate coding to help their robots overcome obstacles, and capture all of the action through the creation of their own digitally designed videos.
“Israel is a world leader in the field of technological entrepreneurship and innovation, and as Israel’s largest leading provider of informal experiential science and technological education, ORT is shaping the next generation of scientists and entrepreneurs,” ORT America’s chair, Howard Lanznar, said. “This program brings our mission of impact through education to life by embracing Israel’s culture as a start-up nation, and simultaneously providing campers with the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of ORT’s 139 years of educational experience in interactive, practical learning.” For more information, go to ortamerica.org.