150 children exploring our department

(25-08-2021) On 23 and 24 August 2021, 150 children will take their first steps in the world of technology in the children's university of Ghent University on Technology Campus Ardoyen in Zwijnaarde.

Playing with green concretes - DuRSAAM game 

The workshop given in the scope of the DuRSAAM project had as aim to teach children about concrete – one of the most used, man-made building materials in the world.

The children learned about the advantages and disadvantages of concrete, the effects that concrete production has on the environment and potential ‘green’ solutions through a series of interesting experiments and play in the Magnel-Vandepitte Laboratory. They started with a destructive strength test to see how strong ‘green’ concrete can be, followed by an introduction on the composition of traditional concrete and ‘green’ concrete made from recycled materials. Next, the children actively participated in the mixing and casting of ‘green’ concrete figurines (butterflies, ducks, dinosaurs, etc.). In addition, UGent researchers (Ivana Krajnovic, Natalia Alderete, Mert Yardimci,  Nathan Lampens and Philip Van Den Heede) taught the children about the importance of a good resistance against concrete deterioration from outside by means of capillary sorption tests using coloured ink. Finally, the children creatively painted the ‘green’ concrete figurines which they could afterwards take home as fridge magnets. As optional homework, they received the task to keep on monitoring the durability of their fridge magnets in time.

Thanks to this workshop the children learned that concrete is without a doubt a strong and important building material. Nevertheless, it requires a lot of testing, knowledge and patience to make concrete as useful, durable and sustainable as possible for everyone.

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150 kinderen van zomerschool op verkenning in kinderuniversiteit UGent        kinderuniverseteit2

From making biofuel to soldering dice

Professors, researchers and students from the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture put together various fascinating and practical workshops. As part of their summer school, the children, aged between 7 and 12, get to know the wonderful world of technology during 2 days in an investigative and entrepreneurial way.

I am very grateful for this collaboration. The fact that Ghent University is helping to support the Ghent summer schools is a strong asset. 
Elke Decruynaere, Alderman of Education

Ghent University provides a wide range of activities based on the strengths of each research group of the faculty. Some examples of workshops: making biofuel for a car, protecting a house against flooding, travelling through the human body, programming a smile, soldering a die, and so on.

The goal is not to make the kids mini-scientists or to go over and repeat all the goals from last school year. Mathematics, language, science… all these elements are directly or indirectly reflected in the workshops. We want to stimulate, enthuse and motivate. If they can take this enthusiasm into the classroom in September and continue in other areas, our mission has been accomplished.
Prof. dr. Francis Wyffels, one of the leaders of the initiative

Experience what Ghent has to offer

The Ghent summer school wants to let children and young people experience what Ghent has to offer as much as possible. A visit to Ghelamco Arena had already been planned through the KAA Gent Foundation, and the children also visited Ghent's city hall, STAM and the Industrial Museum.

Summer schools are mainly intended to prevent learning loss due to the long summer period. They are a collaboration between the Ghent Education Center and various partners, such as Odisee, Leer Schakel and Lettermetje.

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source: https://persruimte.stad.gent/201654-150-kinderen-van-zomerschool-op-verkenning-in-kinderuniversiteit-ugent#