In practice: Exploring the world of research at Summer School Junior

Summer School Junior offers pupils in the final four years of primary school the opportunity to explore the fun and fascinating world of science. The tenth edition in July 2022 saw 400 children spend 4 days exploring Utrecht Science Park. Together with some 100 students acting as group mentors and programme supervisors, inquisitive children got to explore some of the research being conducted at Utrecht University: from robots to song lyrics and from DNA to the city of the future. Project manager Maartje Kouwen of the Centre for Science and Culture gives an insight into the program.

Kinderen tijdens het robot programma van Summerschool Junior
Photo: Lize Kraan

"It's always wonderful to see all those enthusiastic children having fun and exploring and experimenting with the help of the students. We also give away 50 places each year to kids who wouldn't normally have the opportunity or resources to take part in Summer School Junior.

Text: Lisanne Steenbeek


This article also appears in the third edition of the magazine Close-Up, full of inspiring columns, background stories and experiences of researchers and support staff.

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