BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Katz Yeshiva High School (KYHS) of South Florida, a Modern Orthodox coeducational yeshiva high school, is hosting 48 student engineering groups, and hundreds of students from eight Jewish high schools across South Florida as part of the Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education (CIJE) Innovation Day 2019. For the second time in three years, KYHS will host the CIJE Engineering Conference, which enables students to demonstrate their working robotic, electronic, biomedical products and prototypes in addition to their knowledge of STEM.
The event is set for May 1st.
New this year: A unique 47-foot Rocket Ship STEM-themed escape room where the students will rescue stranded astronauts on Mars; STEM competitions for participating high school groups; Introduction of 1,500-Square-Foot Maker Space on the Katz Yeshiva Campus; Challenges for middle school students in attendance; and Vendor and College Expo featuring Edventures (drones), Magic Leap (augmented/mixed reality), The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and Florida Atlantic University (robotic dog).
“We are so excited to have a record number of students come together in one place for a full-day of STEM, including challenges, vendors, colleges and the one-of-a-kind rocket ship escape room,” said Dr. Yosef Wolf, Director of STEM at KYHS. “We have created an environment that builds confidence, teaches resilience and long-term understanding, that is fun for teenage students, and most importantly gives them a sense of pride and ownership in personalized semester-long projects. Focusing on innovation, engineering, robotics and computer science has become the priority for the evolving STEM culture at Katz Yeshiva High School as we want our students to thrive in today’s rapidly changing world.”
CIJE is an organization that was founded in 2001 to enhance and enrich the quality of Jewish education throughout the United States. CIJE strengthens and enriches education in 221 Jewish schools in the United States across the denominational spectrum — educating a generation for innovation — and instilling critical thinking, creativity and problem-solving skills.
KYHS continues to be a leader in robotics and STEM, having become the first Florida Jewish Day School to ever qualify for the VEX State Robotics Championship after competing in a regional VEX Robotics Competition this past February.