Breaking through boundaries in (and with) science education Ilkka Jormanainen Executive Director Joensuu Science Society firstname.lastname@example.org
SciFest in a nutshell• International science and technology festival• Organized in Joensuu since 2007• Idea ”imported” from South Africa• Four days, 8600 visitors (2012)• 80+ workshops, lectures, comp etitions, theatre, etc…• SciFest is much about going beyond conventional boundaries
Breaking the attitudes• Who says that teenage girls are not fascinated about science, or that kids from less developed countries could not master technology?
Breaking the distances• The longest (?) tug-of-war in the world between Finland and South Africa
Breaking the language barriers• Their English may not be very fluent, but still Taiwanese students surprise us year after year
Breaking the boundaries of the earth• Dr. Harrison Schmitt went to moon with Apollo 17 and came to SciFest 2009 to tell us about it
Breaking out from the comfort zone• Science must be taken out from the labs and chambers, and it must be enjoyable and concrete for kids and adults too!
www.scifest.fi/welcome See SciFest 2012 video at youtu.be/ATeepINH5aE