The two-day festival included Contest for Young Scientists, scientific conference “Idea and What Next?” and technology workshops for teachers and students organised by the laboratories of the Copernicus Science Centre.
The EU Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) has been taking place since 1989. Poles have been participating in this event since 1995, and have been achieving spectacular successes. Winners of the national finals take part in European finals of the European Union Contest for Young Scientists, which this year will be held on 21–26 September 2012 in Bratislava. Over those 17 years of taking part in the contest, Poles have won 20 first prizes and many additional ones. Moreover, this year’s winners will represent Poland in Pittsburgh in the United States. It is there where the world’s largest international science contest for students takes place during the Intel International Scientific and Engineering Fair. As many as 1500 participants from 65 countries participate in that event. The awards and scholarships to be awarded in this contest amount to 4 million dollars.
The Polish finals of the Contest for Young Scientists were held in the Copernicus Science Centre. Students presented their research projects concerning a variety of topics: from the study of tree growth rings, ants, fungi and fruit flies, through demographic problems to… Vilamovian mourning attire.
As a part of the festival, the CSC organised technical workshops, which were attended by teachers and youth involved in the Young Explorer’s Clubs from the entire Poland. The clubs gather science enthusiasts and form part of a nationwide network coordinated by the Copernicus Science Centre. The students completed research activities in the Chemistry, Physics and Biology Laboratories, while the teachers got to know the Intel Teach Advanced Online platform, which allows establishing multidisciplinary educational paths.
The third part of the festival was the scientific conference entitled “The Idea and What Next? New career paths in the world of innovations”. Speakers sought answers to the questions of how – through cooperation of various fields – it is possible to support talented individuals and what the possibilities of commercialisation of their inventions and ideas are.
The Festival of Young Scientists was prepared jointly by the National Children’s Fund, the High Tech Foundation and the Copernicus Science Centre. (jj)