Steam for Social Change: A Gap Year Bridging Hi-Tech and Social Entrepreneurship at Hebrew University

In August 2019 the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will launch a new program, STEAM for Social Change: Bridging Hi Tech and Social Entrepreneurship in partnership with the Carmel 6000 Development Center. Carmel 6000 is a technology incubator and works in partnership with Cisco, Microsoft, Intel and other major tech companies. Together, they develop leading-edge applications and solutions in the areas of welfare, education, and health for disadvantaged populations and social organizations.

This gap year program incorporates the key components necessary to create and launch new technologies for the benefit of social welfare.  Students enhance their coding skills in a pre-semester boot camp. Following this intensive course, they are incorporated into a design team with their Israeli counterparts, where they gain real-world professional experience, under the guidance of experts in the field. Throughout their year on the program they create devices, programs, and applications that benefit the underserved populations. First-year students earn college credit that is eligible to transfer to universities back in the United States, and enter university with advanced skills in STEAM subjects.

In its inaugural year all students who are accepted to this program from the United States will receive a $5,000 scholarship.

For more information about the program please visit our website at

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