At Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls, STEAM education is part of the core curriculum. Each student has two years of engineering, coding, and 3-D design and printing. This year, Ma’ayanot introduced a new aspect to the sophomore course. The sophomore STEAM course now includes “Making a Difference,” a program that combines academic rigor, cutting-edge Makerpsace technology, and chesed. Ma’ayanot has partnered with the University of Colorado’s Build a Better Book program, to use its Makerspace technology to create books, toys, and games for children with visual impairments. Sophomore STEAM students have been working with a teammate, a visually impaired student from a special education school, to design a device for their teammate. They will “beta-test” their prototype together with their teammate and ultimately produce a finished product that will improve their teammate’s life in a practical way.
Ma’ayanot students Ilana Loskove, Noa Boev, and Esther Friedlander are creating a book to help visually impaired youngsters using the latest technology.