Here are presented the models that we offer for children, the youth and families. Aim for all the activities is to inspire children and youth about science and encourage them towards studying in University in the future. Aim is also to offer meaningful activities in the leisure time and to provide positive experiences. Most of our services are in Finnish or in Swedish at the moment.
Science clubs have been organized since 2003 as interdisciplinary and as focusing on an individual field of science. The clubs have usually some kind of theme around which the activities build a coherent entity. Our clubs get children excited about the sciences and provide them with positive experiences. Clubs are an opportunity for maintaining a long-term science hobby, and they have been meeting on a weekly basis. At the moment we are arranging clubs in chemistry, maths and programming.
Organizing science camps has been a part of the operations since 2004. The camps have been very popular and arranged during school summer breaks, mostly in June. Some of our camps are discipline specific, and some are multidisciplinary theme camps.
What is energy and what is it needed for, how is it used, where does it come from? At the science education summer camp, together with Oukka and Riikkinen, we wonder about energy in a changing world and how the energy changes the world. Every day of the camp, we solve problems and assignments related to energy with Oukka and Riikkinen. At the multidisciplinary camp, energy is viewed from different perspectives and we discuss energy production, transformation, energy in our lives and the effects of energy on the world. Oukka and Riikkinen are the characters of Jukka Laajarinne and Mari Luoma's children's book series. The latest book Hämästyttä härveli, (a story about energy), was published in February 2023 (Gaudeamus). The book was planned in cooperation with the University of Helsinki's science education.
Camps are free of charge and are aimed for children starting grades 4 to 6 in Autumn. Camps are arranged at Kumpula Campus and program is from 9 to 15 and and the participants get a lunch and a snack.
Introductory courses are particularly good for upper secondary school pupils who are trying to decide what to study in the future. However, the courses welcome everyone who is interested in the topic. Many of the introductory courses are also MOOCs, online courses available to everyone. You can find some courses in English linked below.