The Owl Center, an educational facility dedicated to the development of scientific and creative thinking in Israel, has chosen Dr. Jonas Salk as this year's inspiration for its annual Owl Competition.
Teams of students in 7th through 9th grade representing 27 schools are participating in this year's competition, which consists of various assignments requiring students to develop strategies for distributing scientific knowledge in their respective schools. Medicine was the theme for the competition.
Administered through the Center's Web site, the Owl Competition is now in its sixth year and was established in memory of Ran Baron, a graduate of the School for Nature, Science and Society in Tel-Aviv, who was murdered in a terror attack in 2003. The competition began in November 2009 and will conclude with a ceremony on May 4.