Jeugdlab hosts festive programme for Science Park Open Day 2016

10 October 2016

Amsterdam University College once again turned over the building to student initiative Jeugdlab for the Amsterdam Science Park Open Day on Saturday, 1 October 2016. Part of the wider national “Weekend of Science” ( Weekend van de Wetenschap), the Open Day at Amsterdam Science Park is a joint venture between AMOLF, ARCNL, AUC, CWI, Netherlands eScience Center, Nikhef, SURFsara and the UvA Faculty of Science.

Science Park Open Day

Photo by Leonard Faustle

“Science or fiction?”

For the annual Science Park Open Day, the research and education institutes based at Amsterdam Science Park open their doors to the public to host entertaining programmes that showcase their work and make the topics accessible for a broad audience. This year’s theme was “Science or fiction?” and challenged visitors to contemplate how rapidly technological and scientific progress occurs: concepts that were once reserved for the realms of fiction have become reality. But what about the future? What concepts or ideas currently thought to be fiction are actually much closer to reality? And how does that happen?

Ranging from fun experiments and crafts to more serious lectures and demonstrations, the programme of Amsterdam Science Park Open Day sought to address such questions and reveal how their, at times abstract, research conducted at Science Park is gradually incorporated into our daily lives through devices, software, technology and more. 

Science Park Open Day

Photo by Leonard Faustle

Jeugdlab presents Sciencelab, Leeshuis and Kooklab

In the AUC academic building, Jeugdlab developed a programme for kids aged 5-14 that spanned three floors and included cooking demonstrations, interactive storytelling, experiments with non-Newtonian fluids, creating do-it-yourself virtual reality headsets and making ice cream with liquid nitrogen. The activities encouraged children and their parents to engage with scientific ideas in creative and interactive ways. 

Running since 2013, Jeugdlab has consolidated its success and continues to expand the amount and diversity of activities they organise. All offered at no cost to participants, Jeugdlab runs workshops two days a week under three branches at neighbouring Jeugdland: Sciencelab, Leeshuis and Kooklab. Each of the three focuses on a different type of activity, with Sciencelab focusing on experiments, Leeshuis on readings and visual storytelling, and Kooklab on the importance of cooking and nutrition. 

Science Park Open Day

Photo by Leonard Faustle

Increasing popularity of Science Park Open Day

Each year, the Amsterdam Science Park Open Day continues to grow. One of the exemplary manifestations of inter-institute cooperation at Science Park, the 2016 edition of the Open Day attracted over 2000 guests. As the diversity of activities continues to grow, so does the amount of volunteers and enthusiasm of the visitors. You can read more about Amsterdam Science Park and the Open Day via the link below.    

Published by  Amsterdam University College