Axonlab is donating its prize money from the Wiki Science Competition to the SimplyScience Foundation, thereby promoting interest in science among children and young people.
More than ten years ago, the SimplyScience project was launched. Its aim is to promote interest in science among children and young people between the ages of 8 and 18. In addition, SimplyScience offers children plenty of ideas for active self-experimentation. On the simplyscience.ch website, children can find countless experiments for use at home. From electricity from a lemon, to do-it-yourself crystals, to making bath bombs, there is something for everyone.
In addition to the list of materials and instructions, the kids will find age-appropriate explanations for the phenomena they observe in the experiments. The children are immersed in the exciting world of science and learn to understand complex relationships in a playful way. There are also a variety of games and puzzles available online for the young researchers.
But the fascination for exploration and understanding should not only be encouraged at home – SimplyScience also offers suggestions and materials for teachers. On further education afternoons, teachers are introduced to the relevant subject content and receive creative suggestions for lesson planning. Working and picture material is provided by SimplyScience. Of course, all content is based on «Lehrplan 21» and can therefore be integrated into competence-oriented lessons. The offer for teachers, however, mainly includes free module boxes, which, as experiment boxes, contain all the necessary materials for classroom experiments.
The experiment boxes are available in countless variations. With SimplyHuman the human being is the centre of attention. Optical phenomena (the eye) or the musculoskeletal system, with its skeleton, muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons, are to be explored. At SimplyNano, classes take a look into the world of nanotechnology. At SimplyCooking, students gain insights into the chemical-physical processes involved in cooking. These are just three examples, as there are many other teaching aids that encourage pupils to experiment.
In addition to the projects for parents and teachers, SimplyScience offers another motivation for children and young people – the school competitions. In class competitions, SimplyScience presents tasks to entire school classes. This makes teaching an exciting experiment in which the class, as a large team, tackles a task and competes against other classes from all over Switzerland. The best class receives a great prize, such as an entire Science Day sponsored by SimplyScience.
Axonlab is launching such a school competition together with SimplyScience. Axonlab provides the materials required for the experiment free of charge. The money Axonlab received in the Wiki Science Competition will be used entirely for the Science Day, which school classes can win.
We have come up with an exciting project that will fascinate the children and promote understanding of microbiology. Our competition is aimed at primary school classes and will be posted on the SimplyScience website towards the end of 2021. So make a note, register and then have fun exploring!