Carasso Science Park

The Carasso Science Park was opened in 2013 in the old city of Be’er Sheva, located in the Negev region of Israel. Designed to foster the science and technology leaders of tomorrow, the Park serves as a leading educational and cultural institution in Israel’s south and runs a number of innovative programs herein. The Park is the largest science park/museum in all of Israel and the entire facility is a hands-on experience where visitors can indulge their curiosity and nurture their creativity.

A Unique, Multi-Faceted Educational Platform The Park is part of the ‘Gustave Leven Campus’, a comprehensive educational infrastructure, which includes ‘Beit Yatziv’: an educational institution featuring the Open University, hotel accommodation and dining services and a number of other educational programs. In addition, the ‘Maof Elementary School for Scientific Excellence’ is also located on campus along with a number of educational projects that can be found herein.

The Park is spread over 4.25 acres and was established to give the people of the South, and the rest of the world, exposure to Israel’s scientific and technological innovations, discoveries and rich history, all under one roof. The site includes a number of historic buildings, which include restorations from the Ottoman Empire and the British Mandate periods. In addition to renewing these vital pieces of history, modern cutting-edge facilities were also established making the site one of the most unique and attractive in the world today.

Exposing visitors to cutting-edge research, one-of-a-kind exhibitions and exhibits, and mentorship from top scientists and technology leaders; they are challenged and attempt to inspire our visitors to excel even further in science and technology.

A Magnet for New Tourism

Prior to the establishment of the Carasso Science Park, annual tourism in the city of Be’er Sheva stood on an average of around 6,000 tourists annually. Since opening the Park, over 150,000 guests have visited and 41% are from outside of the Negev region altogether. This proves that the Park is a magnet for new tourism and with the addition of new tourists in the city, it also helps with Be’er Sheva’s overall economic growth as visitors tend to go to shops, restaurants etc. while visiting.

Embracing the Community

Community engagement plays a major role in the day to day operations at the park. Continually striving to reach target communities – youth, students, educators, underserved communities, and more; it is the Park’s belief that our success is not measured solely by the number of visitors that walk through the gates, rather by serving the wider communities in which we coexist, while collaborating effectively with those who share geographic proximity but would not be able to visit by their own means. The Park regularly facilitates programs and special days, which offer those whom could not visit, due to economic restraints or other issues, the chance to come and take advantage of everything the park has to offer. The important message here is that to reach our target audience, we must embrace our wider communities and give them the chance to understand that Science and Technology is an integral part of human existence.

Educational Programs: Fostering the Science and Technology Leaders of Tomorrow

By supporting the Carasso Science Park’s programs and initiatives, you help provide people of all ages the opportunity to be turned on to science and technology, while receiving the educational tools and unique outreach programs to promote their future success. Putting your dollars to work, we inspire curiosity and promote life-long learning through a number of programs focusing on both formal and informal activities.

When creating the park and the programs that can be found here, much thought and resources were put into educational programs designed to stimulate and educate our target populations. There are seventeen professional science teachers that teach at the Park in addition to their base school. There are 8 full-time teaching staff on hand at the Park each day, whom give enrichment and hand-on science and technology educational classes to the bus-loads of schoolchildren that arrive each day. On average, 300 schoolchildren visit the Park each school day and their classes are planned according to each’s relevant curriculum.

There are programs for all ages and all grades, which are planned to challenge the students in areas of science and technology. Whether preparing high school students for their mid-term and final exams, providing University students with the opportunity to conduct their research and studies onsite, or helping to inspire young schoolchildren to find a passion for science and technology; the Carasso Science Park continually develops new ways to harbor educational success.

The Exhibitions and Exhibits at the Park are designed to be as stimulating and thought-provoking as possible. Creating interactive displays is crucial to make this park successful, while inspiring visitors to take an interest in Science and Technology. The exhibits are the Park’s beating heart, carefully chosen and in most cases developed especially for the site. Currently there are 15 exhibitions at the Carasso Science Park, offered in three languages, (Hebrew, Arabic and English), each one accessible to people with disabilities.

The exhibitions include: • Agriculture – Protecting our crops • Communication – The evolution of media technology, (includes laboratory) • Energy – Sources of energy and energy conversion, (includes laboratory) • Light – Vision and light, (also includes laboratory) • Mechanics – Mechanics and mechanisms, (includes laboratory) • Microchips – The world of the microchip • Molecular Biology and Genetics – The code of life, (includes laboratory) • Nuclear Energy – The nucleus of science • Scientific Garden – Interactive sculptures and scientific games • Sound – Hearing and sound, (includes laboratory) • World of Etyatech – A Scientific playroom for infants, toddlers and young children

In addition, there are art-based exhibits including: • Science and Art gallery • The History of the Ottoman Building – A photography exhibition featuring the structure built in 1901 • Jewish and Israeli Nobel Prize Winners Avenue • Famous scientists on banknotes from around the world