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LERU-KIDS — Result In Brief

Project ID: 516927
Funded under: FP6-SOCIETY
Country: Germany

Science Week dazzles kids

Several universities have come together to develop more innovative ways of teaching kids about science, drawing on contemporary issues such as melting ice caps and other interesting phenomena.
Science Week dazzles kids
The League of European Research Universities (LERU) has been developing education approaches for the future to support policymakers, educators and students. The EU-funded project ‘LERU-Kids-University’ (LERU-KIDS) created a Science Week to further children's and even parents' understanding of research and science. By attracting students aged 10–12 to the event, many accompanying parents who don't have a strong understanding of science could equally benefit and learn from this endeavour.

Raising curiosity among children, the project lectures answered questions such as 'Is Pluto a Planet?' and 'Is there any snow in Santa Claus land in 2035?' Activities included an interactive science road show from the University of Edinburgh and a laser light show from the University of Milan, attracting 150 children and 7 teachers in the first session. The educators' feedback was very positive and inspired teachers to modernise their science teaching in the future, while the students received a certificate of attendance as Junior LERU scientists.

The second part of the event was aimed at adult stakeholders, attracting 102 guests and targeting partner universities to raise awareness of LERU as an entity that promoted science learning. It featured several enlightening lectures on science education and fostered collaboration among involved universities. The end result was more innovation in science teaching, closer cooperation among universities in education and many happy children whose minds were stimulated in new ways.

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