Researchers at the DNRF’s Center for GeoGenetics have launched an online educational program called Ice Frontiers, where high school students can use the same methods as the researchers to compare historical aerial photos of Greenland and its melting glaciers and ice with modern satellite photos. Versions in English and Greenlandic are available as well.
Researchers from the DNRF’s Stellar Astrophysics Centre (SAC) invite high school students to visit the SONG telescope on Tenerife, Spain, through organized school trips.
DNA & Life
The Center for GeoGenetics and the Natural History Museum of Denmark have conducted an educational program and Citizen Science project called DNA & Life, where high school students map selected freshwater animals in Denmark by analyzing environmental DNA (or eDNA) collected in fresh water. DNA & Life is based on one of the newest DNA methods for examining biodiversity. At the DNA lab, the students will be given the opportunity to learn about subjects such as molecular biology, bioinformatics, biodiversity, and ecology.
With REAL SCIENCE, the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate (CMEC) brings high school students close to the life of a researcher and gives them access to the “machine room” of their research work. Here, the students are part of the process of developing scientific methods as well as collecting and analyzing data and samples used in CMEC’s research. REAL SCIENCE is a Citizen Science project by CMEC with the purpose of tearing down the wall between young students and the world of research. Therefore, instead of merely reproducing existing knowledge, the students will be co-researchers in gathering new information, with supervision and help from university students and researchers.
Girls Day in Science
In 2018, the DNRF’s Center for Hyperpolarization in Magnetic Resonance (HYPERMAG) at the Technical University of Denmark opened its doors for school kids and high school students on the occasion of the national campaign Girls’ Day in Science. Here, companies, research centers and technical high schools across the country invite girls to carry out different tasks within the technical work environment. The girls meet female employees and students who tell them about their career paths and educational choices in the field of natural science.
At the annual summer school “OpticsCamp,” the Center of Excellence SPOC and other researchers from the Technical University of Denmark Photonics welcome high school students and teachers to a four-day science camp to explore the world of optics and photonics. Through a variety of projects, the students work together with some of the best researchers within their respective field.
University students and researchers from the DNRF’s Discovery Center (DISCOVERY) at the Niels Bohr Institute are part of the team at ULAB (Ungdomslaboratoriet), where high school students visit the laboratory. Here, the students are invited to participate in the ULAB experience, whereby they can conduct a wide range of experiments that are different from the ones used in schools. In addition to the ULAB experience, staff members at the Niels Bohr Institute also offer a tour of the historical buildings, including an exciting visit to Niels Bohr’s office. The mission is to spark interest in physics in a fun and unconventional setting. Thus, young students are offered an insight into real scientific work, as well as spectacular natural phenomena.