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Science Summer Camp 2023

A week full of science

September 11, 2023

In September 2023, the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research organized an exciting summer camp for children to awaken their enthusiasm for science. Through experiments, discussions and direct insights into the everyday life of scientists, they not only gained knowledge but also important skills thanks to the organization of Samuel Van Gele, a dedicated PhD student.

In September 2023, the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research played host to an exhilarating and educational science summer camp, welcoming 19 bright young minds for an entire week. This immersive experience was designed to ignite curiosity and cultivate a passion for scientific inquiry among these enthusiastic campers.


Throughout the week, the kids delved into the captivating world of science, engaging in a series of hands-on experiments that not only sparked excitement but also nurtured their critical thinking skills. From bubbling reactions to captivating demonstrations, each activity was meticulously crafted to instill a sense of wonder and understanding of scientific principles.



However, it wasn't just about laboratory experiments. The campers actively participated in thought-provoking discussions on pressing global topics such as energy, catalysis, and climate change. These conversations empowered them to grapple with real-world challenges, fostering a deeper understanding of the role science plays in addressing these issues. The children also tried to find answers to difficult questions such as “What is science?” and “Who gets to decide what is done in science?”.


One of the most inspiring aspects of the camp was the opportunity for the kids to engage directly with scientists at the institute. Through insightful interviews and shadowing experiences, they gained firsthand knowledge of the scientists' daily routines, projects, and the sheer passion that drives their research endeavors. This interaction served as a window into the life of a scientist, inspiring the campers and igniting aspirations for their own futures in the field. The kids were then tasked with transforming the interview into a fun presentation or theater piece about the scientist and present it to their parents at the end of the week.


This incredible and enriching experience wouldn't have been possible without the dedication and organization of Samuel Van Gele, a driven PhD student at the institute. His commitment to fostering scientific curiosity and his adeptness at creating an engaging curriculum made this science summer camp a resounding success.


As the week concluded, it was evident that these young minds had been empowered with not just scientific knowledge, but also with the invaluable skills of critical thinking, problem-solving, and a newfound appreciation for the wonders of science. The Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research's science summer camp of 2023 served as a beacon of inspiration, nurturing the next generation of inquisitive minds and future scientists.




Keep posted for information about the upcoming Science Summer Camps.

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