The MOAH Project – Computational Science at HEMDA
Project Coordinator: Shlomo Rosenfeld
Computational Science is a new interdisciplinary scientific field.which integrates science, mathematics and computer scicences. The computer is used as a tool to solve problems whose parameters are known but whose great complexity precludes their unaided solution.
“MOAH” – a unique subject at HEMDA anabeks outstanding high school students to take Computational Science for the matriculation exams, (We call it “MOAH” meaning “brain” from the Hebrew acronym for MADA HISHUVI, computational science -CS). Outstanding Grade 10-12 students from all of Tel Aviv-Yafo high schools can participate in this special Computational Science program, developed by HEMDA staff working together with Weizmann Institute of Science, Technion, and Tel Aviv University staff. The MOAH students have to take 5 study units of mathematics and either physics or chemistry . The Ministry of Education has recently recognized Computational Science as a special subject at HEMDA, with a bonus for university admissions.
Simulation of a tree bodies system
The result of a project in the 11th grade MOAH project
“MOAH” is designed to provide students with the foundation and skills for using the computer as a scientific tool. Computational Science engages in solving complex problems and in computerized control of experiments, creating models and simulations of natural phenomena in physics, chemistry, biology, communication, economics – and more. We view the young scientists studying CS as the next generation of research scholars in universities, think tanks, and hi-tech industry. They will form the cadre of scientists, with very broad-based, in-depth scientific knowledge. These young people will gain experience in writing software programs on the level of advanced university degree students.
HEMDA works together with the city schools to select the candidates for the MOAH Project in Grade 9, based on teacher recommendations. Candidates then take Hadassah Institute classification examinations and participate in a 5-day intensive summer class, with a choice of two sessions, so that students can attend the 5 full days most convenient for them. Beginning in the fall, the new Grade 10 students attend HEMDA once a week after their regular school day, for 4 lessons, in coordination with their home schools.
Another summer course is held between Grade 10 and Grade 11. Throughout Grades 10 and 11, students come to HEMDA for a weekly meeting in addition to online meetings. Students are evaluated by means of their cumulative portfolio of work and lab reports that they wrote throughout the 3 year program. HEMDA staff and instructors from the universities and hi-tech industry assess the students’ work.
Rational and Syllabus