SCICAMP, A Network for Science Camps in Europe
Science camps address young people's lack of interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), trying to engage them in scientific questions and help them develop a positive attitude towards STEM.
The SCICAMP project provides opportunities for young people to develop their own creative solutions for scientific and technical questions. The project aims at establishing a European Science Camp network with three main objectives:
- Create a strong network of science camp organisers in different European countries to exchange best practice and research on the development and organisation of scientific camps.
- Connect summer camps to local companies with technical and science products as well as regional universities, technical universities and other academic institutions working in the STEM field.
- Extract practical ideas and research-based results from the science camp inquiry based programs in order to introduce them into schools located in the science camps regions.
Country: Denmark, Germany, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain
Coordinator: Martin-Luther-University www.uni-halle.de
Target groups: college students, education authorities, policy makers, primary school students, secondary school students, teachers, trainee teachers, university students, youth clubs
Topic: Aeronautics, Applied sciences, Biology, Computer science, Ecology, Energy, Environmental sciences, Food science, Geography, Information technology, Maths, Meteorology
Start year: 2012
End year: 2015
Contact person: Christian Kubat, Email: christian.kubat (at) geo.uni-halle.de
As far as research is concerned, the main findings of the SCICAMP project consist of the following publications:
- SciCamp Exploitation report which harvests useful information about the activities of a number of science camps conducted through the SciCamp projects.
- Best Practice Report
- Interim Report
- Final Report (available after the end of the project)
The reports are available on the SciCamp website.
All partners are conducting Science Camps or equal activities at least since the project start in 2012. Teachers are every time invited to learn from our Science Camp methods within the camp time. Furthermore we do the Science Camps together with pre-service teacher as they are trainer for the participants. In the last period of the project (2015) we will also extract teaching materials on how teacher can use our methods to improve their school activities.