The Universal Language of Science

 On Wednesday, 20 June 2012 Jewish and Arab children and their families, from the Jewish neighborhood of Kiryat HaYovel and the Arab neighborhood of Umm Tuba, came to the Bloomfield Science Museum for the end-of-the-year party. This event summed up an entire year of Jewish and Arab children meeting together and learning about the universal language of science, thanks to the support of the Wingate Charitable Trust of the UK.

 

In the 2011 – 2012 school year, some 30 5th and 6th grade children participated in the program, 30 from each school, accompanied by one of the school's teachers. At each meeting throughout the year the children learned about a scientific concept, while also getting to know each other, and each other's language and culture.

 

At the party they made their own ice cream, toured the Science Museum's exhibits and enjoyed a performance of Dr. Molecule, who makes science entertaining. "[This project] was a huge success," said Muhammad the accompanying teacher from Umm  Tuba. "The kids are talking about this club everywhere – they talk about it at home, in school, in the schoolyard, in the streets. They talk about it to the principal, to their parents. It made a significant difference in my group. I'd be very happy to have another project like this, it makes the children happy and gets them thinking."