Elementary & high school


The NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials actively organizes and / or participates in initiatives aiming at awakening the interest of small children and teenagers to science, and promoting STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers. The programs do not only include the teaching of children and students but also the training of teachers of elementary schools. The ultimate goal is to plant a “seed of interest” that might develop into embracing a scientific education and eventually lead to a successful scientific career. Since Fribourg is a bilingual city, outreach and educational activities to elementary and high school students are offered in German and French.

Overview of outreach and educational programs targeting elementary and high school children in which the participants of the NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials are involved:

STEM program

Chemistry department, University of Fribourg: www.chem.unifr.ch/fr/mint

Elementary school

Kidsuni (University of Fribourg): www.kidsuni.ch/

Goûters scientifiques / Wissenschaft zum Zvieri (University of Fribourg): www.unifr.ch/gouters/de

Passeport vacances (City of Fribourg): www.passeport-vacances-fribourg.ch

High school

“Women in Science and Technology”(University of Fribourg): www.unifr.ch/wins/fr

Passeport vacances (City of Fribourg): www.passeport-vacances-fribourg.ch

Studienwochen für Kinder und Jugendliche / Semaines d’étude (Foundation Schweizer Jugend forscht): sjf.ch/chemie-und-materialwissenschaften/ (chemistry and materials science) and sjf.ch/studienwochen-2013/biologie-und-medizin/ (biology and medicine).

Parrainage pour des travaux de maturité / Patenschaft für Maturarbeiten (Swiss Academy of Sciences): www.maturitywork.scnat.ch

Workshops for teachers

The NCCR Bio-Inspired materials contributes to an annual workshop for kindergarten and primary school teachers, which encourages and supports teachers to work with children on science topics.

The National Centers of Competence in Research (NCCR) are a research instrument of the Swiss National Science Foundation
Hosted by: Adolphe Merkle Institute - Chemin des Verdiers 4 - CH-1700 Fribourg - Phone +41 26 300 9266