ECFUN builds up the virtual platform www.universiYOU.net by bringing together local activities and experiences of European Universities and Foundations that try to attract children's and young people's interest in science. The aim is to provide didactically outstanding scientific content for children deriving from underrepresented groups and build up a future network - both in cyberspace and real life. The virtual platform www.universiYOU.net provides the opportunity for children to learn more about what the scientific world is based upon. It will encourage them to take up further studies in science and will make research visible in a manner that is attractive, innovative and exciting for them. Main goal is to share the fascination of putting things in question - in a scientific way. Furthermore, biographies of female and male European scientists will serve as role models with respect to the target group. Interactive discussion boards and forums will provide an opportunity for children to personally get in contact with scientists and also to communicate with other children with similar interests all over Europe. Main message is that science is not only for a preferred minority, rather that it concerns all people in their everyday-life. Children experience that they can deal with science. Latent barriers that arise from (gender) stereotyped assumptions concerning science and scientific careers can thus be eliminated. The main target group are those who have not had any chance to get in touch with the academic world yet. They will be given the option to learn more about the excitement of science and about future possibilities for them in science as profession. The project will outturn in 6 European languages, spoken by 10 million children aged between 9 and 12 years all over Europe as potential users of www.universiYOU.net.
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