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‘Proper Science’ – how to design science workshops for children

When children conduct experiments they often cry out ‘This is proper science’! Yet kids are by nature the most curious “scientists” and ask great questions about how the world works. The hands-on laboratory “Vienna Open Lab” invites families to conduct experiments, allowing parents, grandparents and children to work side by side, observing, planning, testing and collecting data. Why are some activities more successful than others? How can they be improved? Is there a way to promote experiments without reinforcing misconceptions? Discuss your experiences and join external visitor, Manuela Ringbauer of Vienna Open Lab, in designing some simple but effective science outreach activities.

Facilitator biography:

Manuela Ringbauer, MSc, MA has Master’s Degrees in Molecular Biology and in Journalism. As project manager at the hands-on laboratory Vienna Open Lab, she combines these two interests in her profession. The Vienna Open Lab has not only about 12,000 visitors per year but also attracts about 6,000 people with hands-on workshops on outreach events such as the “long night of research”. Being responsible for PR and Social Media as well as programme development and planning/organising outreach events, Manuela Ringbauer has great experience with communicating science topics to different target and age groups.

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