True or False?

The Utrecht Young Academy, in collaboration with Wetenschapsknooppunt, presents True or False?: An educational programme in which researchers show primary school children how science works. What exactly is science, and how do you conduct research? An afternoon programme not just to follow class, but with opportunities for children to actually contribute to the professor’s research.

In this project, members of the Utrecht Young Academy conduct scientific experiments together with primary school children (group 5/6) at their schools. The aim is to promote scholarly thinking among young children and let them experience how interesting and fun science can be, as well as to be able to distinguish ‘alternative’ from ‘actual’ facts.

Ambitions

In the first edition of True or False? over 400 children in 12 primary schools across the province of Utrecht engaged with science through the topic ‘Humor: does laughing make you more creative’, related to research by UYA member Madelijn Strick. In the next two years, the programme will be on offer bi-annually by Wetenschapsknooppunt, with the aim of reaching around 1000 children annually in Utrecht and the surrounding area. This school year, pupils will not only investigate humor, but will also dive into the theme ‘Sugar: is sugar always sweet?’, connected to research by UYA member Tom Wennekes. Each year, UYA members will add at least one topic to True or False? and will participate in its execution at primary schools.

For more information on True or False, please contact dr. ing. Tom Wennekes.