While your kids are getting bored at home over the summer break, Aviva Dego and Yerushalayim Bicha, 15, will spend the summer at the NASA space camp in Turkey.
The two gifted teens participated in a special project to advance adolescents who immigrated from Ethiopia in the fields of science and technology.
The aim of the project, which was initiated by the Jewish Agency, is to train participants for advanced studies in technology and to ease their absorption into the employment market. In the framework of the project, the young participants travel to the Weizmann Institute or the Technion twice a week, where they study advanced Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Biology and meet with university students.
'I am happy to represent Israel'
Aviva and Yerushalayim, who excel in their studies, were chosen by the Jewish Agency to represent Israel at the NASA International Space Camp in Turkey.
This coming Sunday, the two will pack their bags and set off to their destination abroad – their first time leaving Israel since they immigrated. Together with youth from around the world, the girls will spend two weeks carrying out scientific experiments and will even simulate a flight to the moon.
Aviva and Yerushalayim, who are both entering the tenth grade, are very excited for the trip. Aviva, who lives in Rehovot, came to Israel with her family when she was three months old. “I’m very excited for my first time leaving the country and for the fact that I’ll be representing Israel,” she said.
Yerushalayim, who lives in Rishon Letzion, immigrated to Israel six years ago. “I have an advantage over Aviva,” she said. “I flew (in a plane) six years ago when I came to Israel, and I still remember how you sit in a plane. She’s more excited than I am, but I’ll help her get used to it. I’m very happy about our success and that finally you can hear something good about immigrants from Ethiopia. I am happy to represent Israel, and even more than that, to represent my community.”