The University of Antwerp regularly organises or provides support for workshops, lectures, interactive theme days, contests and so on for teachers and their pupils. Here is an overview of the annual and biennial activities organised on the university's campuses or on location. One-off activities are listed in the calendar. (link leggen)
BrainShake – the ultimate science quiz!
“BrainShake” is the new science quiz for final-year students in secondary education. Young people test their strengths in nine themed rounds. The questions relate to positive, human and applied sciences and test their knowledge from school, interest in society, technological skills, current affairs knowledge, and so on. Besides theoretical questions, the students also have to answer interactive questions and carry out tasks.
Chemistry student for a day
Pupils can get an idea of what it is like to spend a day at university as a student of redox chemistry. Final-year secondary school students get the chance to revise what they should know during a lecture, and a practical and exercise session. The chemistry day is organised annually at the beginning of the year (January-February) and the sessions are aimed at students in the 6th year of secondary education.
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Researchers in Antwerp and throughout Flanders invite people of all ages to attend workshops, lectures, demos, experiments and panel discussions, take guided tours and participate in hands-on activities. Everyone is welcome to experiment, investigate, try things out and ask questions.
De Jonge Baekeland
The Jonge Baekeland youth competition aims to encourage students in the fifth and sixth years of secondary education to think about the problems and solutions of the future. Submit your project and you and your team may be invited to defend your ideas and points of view during a special debate. The competition is organised by BioMENS with the support of the University of Antwerp.
A difficult subject, perfect for nicoteens
An interactive presentation about smoking for young people in the third and fourth years of secondary education. The interactive session focusses on the impact of smoking on daily life and health and the social, societal and financial aspects. It's not meant to shock or scold - instead, the presentation gives a heap of informative and surprising facts about the consequences of smoking. The presentation can be given on request for students in the third and fourth years of secondary education.
Experiment with science
Every year, the University of Antwerp's Faculty of Science organises "Experimenting with sciences". Besides school visits with lab sessions, the programme also includes a range of sample classes for all the faculty's programmes: biology, bio-engineering, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science.
Kekulé youth programme
As part of the biennial Kekulé lecture cycle, the University of Antwerp regularly organises a specific programme for teenagers. Kekulé speakers adapt their evening lectures to a younger audience, giving a host of fascinating lectures about recent scientific developments tailored to students in the fifth and sixth years of secondary education.
Physics lab activity: the harmonic oscillator
This experiment day aims to provide experiment-based support for the theory behind the harmonic oscillator, which pupils learn at school. During this activity, pupils use computer-controlled measuring equipment which graphically represents the motion of the vibrating mass and the drive force exerted on the spring. Pupils learn how to determine the spring constant and the relationship between position and drive force. The set-up also allows them to measure the relationships between phases. The activity is organised on request. Contact: prof. dr. Joris Dirckx, Pyhisics Departement Antwerp University, email@example.com , + 32 3 265 34 27
Physics lab activity: interference and diffraction
During this lab session, pupils use laser diffraction to determine the period of a grating which is the thickness of a hair, the diameter of pollen or red blood cells, or the width of the grooves on a CD. The activity is organised on request. Contact: prof. dr. Joris Dirckx, Pyhisics Departement Antwerp University, firstname.lastname@example.org , + 32 3 265 34 27
Masterclass in Particle Physics
The Masterclass is a day-long activity that includes particle physics demos, an interactive analysis of collisions in the LEP collider and a video conference with participants from other (European) universities. It is organised every two years on a Saturday.
RoboCup Junior is an annual international robot competition for young people aged between 8 and 18. Young people build and programme robots, and then compete against other teams in one of three challenges: dancing, life-saving or football. RoboCup Junior is organised by Vrije Universiteit Brussel and several other partners, including the University of Antwerp.