CIJE-Tech High School Engineering Program
In September, 2011, CIJE launched a never before offered two-year course in Scientific and Biomedical Engineering for high school students. This innovative new curriculum prepares students for careers in engineering, programming and advanced technology. CIJE aims to educate a generation of students in Jewish schools so that they can enter and compete in the global marketplace. CIJE provides participating high schools with a full curriculum, an experienced mentor, rigorous teacher training, and the equipping of all classrooms with laptops, apparatus and all necessary materials. Today, CIJE-Tech is being taught in close to forty schools in the New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, and California. The curriculum developed to achieve this goal was designed with the following objectives:
- Provide a challenging and rigorous program of study focusing on the application of STEM
- Expose students to a diverse range of scientific and technological knowledge areas
- Prepare students for successful college and university STEM education
- Develop ability for abstract and interdisciplinary thinking
- Develop leadership and teamwork skills
- Offer courses and pathways for preparation in STEM fields and careers
Scientific Engineering & Biomedical Engineering Curriculum: CIJE has partnered with the Israel Sci-Tech educational network to create an interactive, discovery-oriented high school engineering curriculum. Under the leadership of the CIJE educational and engineering team, the curriculum has been tailored for American students. The studies in this track are based on innovative pedagogical approaches which develop self confidence, teamwork, analytical, critical, and creative thinking skills.
Capstone Project: Teams of 3 students are required to create a capstone project which addresses a real world need. The project is interdisciplinary in nature, and helps students develop skills such as team work, time management, literature survey, reporting and presenting. The teamwork requires both a division of labor and independent learning. The teacher provides guidance, direction and assessment. However, due to the R&D nature of the project, the teacher becomes part of the team learning along with the students. This approach creates a learning community of reciprocity between teacher and student, and allows for the development of independent learning by students.
Teacher Training: An intensive training program involving over three weeks of teacher training both in the United States and Israel has been developed.
Professional Leadership: In addition to her other responsibilities at CIJE, Judy Lebovits, Vice President and Director oversees the development and implementation of the CIJE-Tech program. The CIJE-Tech team includes seasoned engineers who come with numerous years of engineering and computer science experience in both professional and educational environments. They are hands-on project managers who spend most of their time in CIJE schools mentoring teachers and developing curricula, ensuring that each teacher and student benefit greatly from the CIJE-Tech program.