Hello, and welcome to the Ecological Greenhouse in Ein Shemer. Everything that you see around you is a large educational environment. We will now go on a short tour of the compound, through the different educational sections – exploring their special characteristics. My name is Noam by the way, and I am the training coordinator here at the Greenhouse. Let’s go for a short tour. This is the study area with the round tables. We are examining the effects that the salt in the water has on the plant. We have one container with a spoon of salt, the second with half a spoon, and the third without any salt. The idea is that when you arrive here you leave your routine life. You gain curiosity, creativity, and you think outside of the box – all very different to your usual modes of thinking. And our conclusion is… that a lot of salt is not so healthy (for the plants). Through my search for a form of education that involves more experimenting and experiencing – I met Avital. From the moment I stepped into the Greenhouse I was delighted to learn of the idea, and the way in which it is implemented here. We try to take agriculture, ecology and education – mix the three together, along with a little coffee, with the aim of creating wonderful things. ICA and the Ecological Greenhouse in Ein Shemer, have been working together for many years now. I would say that the relationship is one in which we learn from one another and it enriches us both. And although the center of activity is here, its influence resonates in much wider circles. This is the sort of environment were the adults actually learns from the youths – and much beyond our expectations. It is simply an educational environment where things are studied differently, as we can see. It is way more fun this way, less boring, there is always something to do, something to explore and something to know. This is the space in which we have a sort of synergy between schools, industrialists and academic institutes. This way the school kids can learn about systems that are currently being researched and implemented. Galam is a factory which produces various raw materials for the food industry. In the Greenhouse they take small quantity of our factory waste and try to grow their plants in these materials. I think it promotes motivation and creates an interest in a project such as this. Welcome to the seaweed laboratory, the sterilized zone, where they conduct research into all sorts of crazy things. The youth learn how to operate sophisticated laboratory equipment , and that is very important for those who which to pursue an academic career. The subject we chose is the issue of growing seaweed (micro-seaweed) – in order to examine the prospects of utilizing them for creating renewable bio-energy and fuels. The initial concept of the Greenhouse is based on the notion of self-discovery. A student will make an experiment, will grow the lettuce, the seaweed, will fish the zooplankton from the pool, and will work with the fish. This is not a frontal class where the student must soak in all of the materials, but rather she/he studies them hands-on, maybe without even knowing that they are learning. What we see here in this shed is that the students get to absorb lots of information that they can then gather and take with them for processing. This information can then be inserted into the computer, into various graphs, and they also learn how to present their findings in front of an audience. That’s it for this time, this was of course just a taste of what we have here. There is much more to be seen, learned and much more to be done. You are also invited to visit the website of the Ecological Greenhouse for updates. But the best idea is to come visit – the coffee is already on the fire… looking forward to meeting you. May we have a wonderful year – wonderful years, cheers ! We conducted a few meetings here, with two amazing people for the High-Tech High School in San-Diego, Larry and Rob. We sat here in the evening over dinner and we talked, and when I speak of this I shiver as it was so exciting. These are people that founded a school that is a dream. Because they liked this table that we sat around for a few great hours that night – I would like to take this opportunity to send my regards through you (the camera man) to my friends. Here, catch this on camera: the avocado, the pitah bread and the coffee, and may they get to taste the coffee through the camera. And I don’t know how you say that in English. These are the two people that gave me the most inspiration, for making education a beautiful thing. I would like to send them my love – and a love for education.