Ramon Spacelab is Israel's leading educational program in the field of science. The program gives students a unique opportunity to submit an experiment to the International Space Station through an annual research-based learning program. The Space lab program is currently active in 24 schools in Israel and New York, and in the past in New Jersey and Connecticut .
Using the fascinating world of space, the program aims to arouse students with curiosity and to motivate them to dream as far as possible, while utilizing they own inherent personal and social potential.
Through project based learning the students perform a number of tasks, each named after the Columbia team members. The goals of these tasks is to equip the students with a rich toolbox which enables them to send experiments to the International Space Station. The groups of students who participated in the program are escorted by a mentor from the Ramon Foundation along with their teacher. The mentor’s role is to inspire students to fully explore the topics which fascinate them as part of the project and beyond.
The role of the teaching staff is to equip students with key skills which will benefit them both at the mission and outside the program. Each task is designed to encourage students to broaden their horizons and to give them the necessary tools for research. Each task takes between 3-8 meetings, depending on the requirements and depth of the learning process. The task's methodology is based on NASA's Mission Management process and the organizational culture of the Israeli Air Force. The students are exposed to effective learning and innovative project management tools using the terminology of NASA.
All groups participating in the project present their experiments – the peak mission, at the final event in front of astronauts, government ministers, NASA officials, the Israeli Space Agency and other leading international space agency representatives who participate in judging the competition.
Experts from academia, industry and government closely monitor the experiments which reach the finals giving the Ramon Foundation access to knowledge and skills which they use to further promote the programs professional and scientific standing. After the winning experiment returns from the space station, the results are published in journals and on scientific sites.
To date, over eleven different experiments have been submitted from schools across the country and in the United States to the International Space Station as part of the RSL project. This has inspired hundreds of students and teachers to take a significant interest in the space and science industry, and encouraged students to be able to fulfill their dreams. For them, the sky is no longer the limit.
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Kovi Rose —A mentor at the Himmelfarb High School in Jerusalem. Born and raised in Australia, Kovi is currently studying Physics at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is a research assistant in the field of Radio Astronomy at the Racah Institute of Physics. Kovi has been private tutor since high school and continues to teach part time at the Rothberg International School in Jerusalem. With a passion for science communication, Kovi is the founder and editor of an online science page - Fun Fact Science - and plans to better the world through education.
Yair Shimron —Yair is a Ramon SpaceLab mentor in Petah Tikva. He holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Tel Aviv University, specializing in aeronautics and materials engineering. He has Won an international design-build-fly competition for design and construction of an unmanned aircraft with a group of students. Works in the space industry and volunteers in SpaceIL's education team.
Yonatan Manor —A Mentor at Amit High-School for boys in Ma'ale Adumim. Yonatan lives in Jerusalem and is currently studying Computer and Electrical Engineering at Hebrew University. He has been active in the education sector since 2006 participating in a wide range of programs. Yonatan spent a year volunteering in "Seeds of Future" (AKA "Garin Atid") the Israeli Scout's service. He then continued to "Ha-Ihud Ha-Haklai" acting as the youth movements coordinator for his hometown Zurit and lastly joined "Makers" where he teaches students from Ort Beit Ha'Arava the principals of science and engineering through solving real world challenges. Yonatan has been passionate about space since he first learned about the planets as a young boy. Despite growing up he still holds on to his childhood dreams of one day becoming an astronaut. Yonatan's motto in life is "Let's not talk about doing things. Let's just do them!".
Michal Fridman —A mentor at the Yitzhak Rabin high school in Tel Aviv. Michael is a student for animal science at Veterinary Medicine course in the Hebrew university faculty in Rehovot. She has taken part in "adopt a saba" program, "we love pets" training in Beer Sheva and guided imagery. Currently working on a project to integrate the disabled and under privileged in high-tech industry. In her free time she love riding horses.
Amir Atia —Amir, is a mentor at Amit high school in Sderot. He lives in Netivot and is an Electrical Engineering student in "Lev" Technology College, Jerusalem. In addition to being a mentor he helps high school students in math and physics and has participated as a counselor in summer camps in Israel and abroad. He enjoys hiking and sport activates.
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Netta Schramm —Netta earned a B.Cs in physics and a M.A in Jewish thought from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Netta has tought highschool physics and acts as student advisor in the Yerucham science center. Currenly she is acting as a Spacelab mentor in Yeruham and is doctorate student in the Hebrew University in the humanities
Eliran Hamo —A mentor at the "Or" High School in Tzur Hadassah and at the Evelina Tehila School in Jerusalem. Eliran was born in Jerusalem. Holds a M.sc in chemical engineering from the Technion, during which he worked for two years at IMAS Systems, currently a doctoral student in the direct track of materials engineering at Tel Aviv University. His research deals with the formation and characterization of catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells. Considers education and the establishment of a motivation to study science in youth as a supreme value.
Neta Dembo —She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Geology and Environmental Sciences department at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and works as a teaching assistant. Her doctoral work investigates crustal deformation based on geodetic and paleomagnetic measurements and mechanical modeling. She holds an M.Sc. in geophysics and a B.Sc. in engineering geology both from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. During her military service she served in the Israeli Defense Force Intelligence satellite unite and later on worked in the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
Dr. Guy Hetz —A graduate of the Earth and Planetary Image Facilities (EPIF) Laboratory of NASA at Ben-Gurion University, is an expert in space applications. At the end of his doctorate he worked for 3 years at Systematics Ltd. as a GIS expert and then at Roboteam Defense Ltd. as an expert of SII (System Improvement Investigation). After four years in the high-tech field Guy decided to change his narrative of life and to move on to the educational field. Nowadays Guy is initiator and operator of the "Madaim BaEmek"; a lecturer for Noar Shoher Mada" at Oranim College and Gordon College; a leader of the space field in the Science and Technology Center in Migdal HaEmek. Guy has 10 years of experience teaching science to children and youth.
Melody Korman- Shadmi —Currently an Mentor in "Atid Raziel" high school in Herzelia and in "Hadash" high school in Tel Aviv. Third year student in mechanical engineering and in Geophysics & Atmosphere Science – a double degree program at Tel Aviv University. 5 years Military service in the Israeli air forces as aviation simulator instructor and as instructor officer. I have experience as instructor in several youth frameworks since I was young, including "Hashomer Hatzair" youth movement and a volunteering year with kids in "Lasova" association. I have the belief and the vision that with education all can take off to any new heights.
Paz Kazt —A mentor in a middle school in Kiryat Gat. A student of structural engineering at Ben Gurion University. During his degree he was involved in the "Open Apartments" project in Beer Sheva, guiding children and youth in various activities. He also worked at Beit Yatziv, guiding children in astronomy and space. Paz believes that “The important thing is not to stop questioning, and never lose a holy curiosity.” (Albert Einstein)
Meny Menashes —A mentor at Ort Motzkin, middle school. Meny studies, mathematics and physics in the Technion. He served in the army as a commander and sergeant in the artillery division. Ment taught children for two years in a “education for excellent” program. Durring he’s free time he enjoys running and participating in competitions as half and full marathons.
Nadav Zilberman —Nadav is a BSc student in BGU university of mechanical engineering and continuing for a MSc in an exceptional student program. Nadav has experience in teaching robotics in FLL program and summer day camp. Among his interests are animals, travelling in Israel and the world, and playing the guitar. Nadav tries to learn as much as possible about everything possible and to expand his horizons, and has a strong tendency to technology and specifically renewable energy and the space industry.
Effy Kalmer —Mentor in Ort Yokneam . Married and lives in Haifa, an officer in an elite warrior unit, and a Aerospace Engineering student at the Technion. Has Experience in training and command of the fighters and coaches simulator alongside a number of other operational roles army physical training guide Wingate. Marathoner and competes professionally run industry leisure.
Dan Kalfus —Dan is a Ramon Spacelab mentor at Atid Raziel youth village in Herzliia. Has experience in security industry, focusing on management, characterization research and development projects. In recent year, Dan has been researching IDF operational gaps and resolving them by using advanced technologies. Dan, is an Electrical Engineering student, at Tel Aviv University.
Nir Dubrovsky —Mentoring at Amal, Hedra A volunteer at the educational staff of SpaceIL since the summer of 2014. A huge astronomy & Sci fi fan from an early age, With a great craving of knowledge, as reflected in 3 master degrees, M.A. in Geogrphy, MBA & M.sc majoring in Environmental Science. Nir has a great passion for educate children all over Israel and broad their mind to a new horizons. At his spare time Nir involving in projects at the field of sustainable building and participated as the market appeal manager of the Israeli team for the Solar decathlon international competition. For his living, Nir has his own business at the fields of CRM & WEB
Gilad Petranker —
Mentor in Maale Adomim.
Lives in Jerusalem. Has an MA in Earth science from the Hebrew university. Nowadays he studies to be qualified as a teacher for earth science in the Witzman facility. He has been a teacher and a mentor for aerospace and earth science for 10 years.