Sunday, May 7, 2017, was an electrifying day at the 5th Annual CIJE (Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education) Innovation Day, the largest Jewish day school robotics and STEM event, which took place at the New York Hilton in Manhattan. More than 1,200 students from 40 day schools in the tri-state area displayed their capstone projects and competed in the High School Engineering Conference competition. Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School won 1st place for schools that submitted 10 or more projects.
At the Genius Bar, a “reverse mentorship” program jointly sponsored by Project Ezrah and Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls, which took place on three Wednesdays in March, women eager to learn technology skills were paired with Ma’ayanot student mentors who worked one-on-one to help the women achieve their goals.
Ma’ayanot STEAM Talks featured six highly successful women in STEAM careers. The event, which is modeled after Ted Talks, invited each speaker to share her passion about her career for seven minutes. It was a morning filled with excitement and energy (in addition to dancing to rocking music by DJ Isaac Chalou) as the women shared their challenges and accomplishments. STEAM Talks were followed by a hands-on Maker Faire.
Several students from Ma’ayanot spent a good part of their yeshiva vacation training for the Jerusalem Marathon, where they will represent Team Shalva on March 17. This is the third year that the school will be running to support Shalva, the Israel Association for the Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities.