Last year, together with PhD Wiesław Wróblewski – a scientist from the Wrocław University of Science and Technology, we started organizing an event promoting STEM science in connection with the 60th anniversary of the first human flight into space. The event HUMAN IN SPACE, to which many scientists and teachers were invited, turned out to be a success. The organizers of the project were the Wrocław Center for Social Development, the School and Kindergarten Complex No. 16 and the Wrocław University of Science and Technology. It was attended by over 1,000 primary and secondary school students, as well as students and adults. We decided to continue our activities as part of the HUMAN & STEAM project.
This year we have planned activities related to energy, including renewable energy. We managed to invite more scientists and universities, such as the Polish Academy of Sciences. University of Economics, Coventry University Wroclaw. As part of this year’s HUMAN & ENERGY event, many online lectures and stationary workshops, quizzes, computer workshops and a competition for an animated renewable energy advertisement have been planned.
The organizers also included companies operating in Poland: Collins Aerospace and Ecobean, which produce clean energy from coffee grounds.
Classes were also conducted by mentors of the Academy of Creative Civic Initiatives from Wrocław primary and secondary schools.
Our event is traditionally held in April (this time between April 1 and 29, 2022). Most of the classes are in the form of online events. We broadcast via the zoom platform. The event was preceded by interviews in local Wrocław radio stations, announcements on the organizers’ websites and in social media.
The participants of the event, mainly students of Wrocław schools, had the opportunity to meet scientists and see that STEM subjects have a huge use in everyday life. They could also find out that these items are extremely interesting and not necessarily very difficult. They had the chance to test their knowledge in quizzes and develop new skills during numerous workshops. Importantly, all the classes were free for the participants.
Our event is coming to an end, but we are already planning next year’s event. Its main subject remains a secret for the time being. See you next year!