If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.
We believe that a lack of interest for science in children and youngsters is not due to themselves, but due to the lack of supply. That is why the ScienceSays-team is working really hard to offer them science in a coole, fun and engaging way! Science is everywhere and not only between the school’s walls, so we should let today’s youth experience science at its finest.
STEM is the abbreviation of ‘Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics’ which brings together many technical and exact sciences. The labour market has been struggling with a shortage of technical and scientific candidates for years. The Flemish Government tries to tackle this problem and created the STEM-action plan in 2012. Its purpose is to engage youngsters to pursue a career in the exact sciences and technology. Part of that plan are various intra- and extra muros projects that we, the Expertise Centre for Science Communication Brussels, organise for children and adolescents. The STEM-projects carry the STEM certificate on their websites.
During playground activities which are organised during the summer holidays youngsters learn to work in a creative and independent way. They can create their very own designs by making use of laser cutters, 3D-printers, mini-electromotors and much more! FabLab junior offers adolescents a chance to experience science and technology in a playful way and gives them a desire for engineering.
During this multi-day camp children aged 8 to 12 can experiment as much as they want. Launching rockets, tinkering Mars landers, designing planes: everything is covered!
RoboCup Junior is an exciting challenge for youngsters from 8 to 18 years, in which they work together in a team to create and program their own robot. When that has been completed, they will have to use their robot to participate in one of three thrilling disciplines!
CoderDojo Belgium organises free workshops (do-it-yourself-workshops) for boys and girls between 7 and 18 years old.