Our activities

 

Creativity

we support the creativity of pupils / students in primary and secondary schools, e.g. in the form of creative and critical thinking courses and competitions

Clubs

to work with pupils / students in primary and secondary schools, to lead hobby clubs and interactive lectures in the field of natural, technical and social sciences

Workshops

 to organize workshops, conferences, trainings, summer schools and exhibitions with interdisciplinary focus 

Projects

štraining and consultancy in global project education

Camps

organization of scientific camps


Fellowships

support for pupils and students in their search for internships and professional experience

Our Events

Our events aim to bring children to science.

Summer school of young scientists with the support of the ESET Foundation

(7.6.2019)

From 15 to 19 July 2019, the civic association All4Science, o.z. prepare the School of young scientists for the first time at the SAS. Selected Institutes of SAS are invited to cooperate in this event. The Summer School is organized with the support of the ESET Foundation.

The Summer School of Young Scientists is a weekly gathering that aims to bring natural and technical sciences closer to the younger grades of elementary schools and eight-year grammar schools. The aim of the summer school is to enable selected talented elementary school pupils to gain new experience and contacts in the field of chemistry, biology and physics through experiential education led by experts - scientists, directly at selected institutes of the Slovak Academy of Sciences.

The summer school is intended for pupils of the 5th - 9th year of elementary schools and for students of prima - kvarta of 8-years grammar schools.

If you belong to this group of students, would you like to experience the real work of scientists firsthand or have already thought about your own research project. 

This summer school is just for you!

Further information (in Slovak language only) --> HERE

If you are interested in participating please log in using the form: FORM (only in Slovak language)


Summer science camp full of experience

(7.6.2019)

We are preparing a summer science camp, from 22 to 26 July 2019 for children aged 7 to 12 years. Candidates for the camp, please send the completed and signed application form, general terms and conditions and its attachments to the All4Science civic association, o.z .: all4science1@gmail.com, or via the contact form all4science.sk/kontakt/

FURTHER INFORMATION --> HERE

In the case of other questions, please, contact us: all4science1@gmail.com 


Offer for volunteers - July 2019

(6.6.2019)

We offer you the opportunity to spend useful time during the summer.

We are looking for volunteers to a summer science camp and a summer school for young scientists. The offer is dedicated for students of secondary schools, universities, but also those who are interested in working with children and at the same time learn something themselves.

More info (in Slovak language only) -->HERE


As students from primary school of Pavol Marcely were looking for scientists in themselves directly in largest scientific Institution in Slovakia

(30.5.2019)

At the beginning of April 2019, under the baton of the All4Science civic association, a popular educational event called "Find a Scientist in Yourself" was held at the Slovak Academy of Sciences, aimed at schoolchildren of the fifth to eighth year at the primary school of Pavol Marcely at Drieňová 16 from Bratislava. The institutes of SAS that participated in the 3rd year of the event are the Institute of Materials and Machine Mechanics, Polymer Institute, the Institute of Experimental Medicine in cooperation with the Working Group of Experimental Cardiology, Slovak Society of Cardiology (SKS), Institute of Chemistry, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry and Center of Social and psychological sciences SAS.

The pupils of the eighth year visited the Institute of Chemistry of SAS, which is involved in this project every year, and the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of SAS, which welcomed the students for the first time. At the end of the event pupils were excited about experiments and various interesting information.

The aim of the event was to point out science and scientists from the contemporary point of view, which was served by an introductory lecture presented in an interactive form. Students were asked what a scientist looks like everyday. The answers were really variable and the lecturers finally worked with the pupils in a playful way to clarify what the scientist really does at the institute. Their interest in explaining increased so much that the lecturers eventually included all sorts of questions from everyday life, such as whether the microwave is really harmful, whether we prefer to use natural shampoos or why trees grow.

With a clear idea, after a while the students went to the laboratories of the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, where they learned some interesting facts about the burning of metals together with illustrative demonstrations. The female part of the audience thought more practical, and their fingernails glittered with powdered aluminum for a moment. After their eyes broke with too playful fire-fighters and explosions, they all came to chill with liquid nitrogen experiments. Pupils could smash a piece of discarded frozen chemical sheath or old chemical hose with impunity. They were also instructed about the osmotic law and the chemical bond energy law. The most interesting was the so-called. Leidenfrost effect that those who were not afraid could experience for themselves. Everything, of course, took place under the supervision of the responsible worker. And when they had enough nitrogen, they looked at the color spectrum emitted by the prepared solutions. The fascinating palette of colors was achieved by absorbing and converting ultraviolet light into visible radiation through various concentrations of rhodamine dyes in the inorganic montmorillonite emulsions that they likened to the colors of the rainbow.

At the Institute of Chemistry of the Slovak Academy of Sciences pupils tried to verify the truth of chemical reactions by deducing an individual case from general knowledge and tested a chemical experiment in the production of elephant toothpaste. Subsequently, they verified the opposite procedure, establishing general considerations on the basis of a case-by-case examination. They studied one type of non-Newtonian liquid with their own hands, learned how to make it, and tried to understand the unusual physical properties of the liquid at the molecular level. After washing their soiled hands, they tried applying the sample to the electrophoresis pathway, learned about testing the substances as possible vaccine components, and observed the detection of infection in tissue using fluorescence microscopy. Finally, they tried to inoculate the yeast onto solid soils, where they creatively drew various pictures using a microbiological handle in Petri dishes.

At the end of the event, the entire class took a picture along with a pompous spill of liquid nitrogen residue in front of the Institute building. The cheerful pupils went to the realm of fast food with class supervision and we remained hopeful that the information they had learned these days would be useful to them one day and that at least some of them had aroused interest in science and scientific research.

Text & Foto: Viliam Pavlík, ÚACH SAV, Lucia Paulovičová, CHÚ SAV

Students of 7th classes visited the institutes of the Center of Experimental Medicine (CEM) of the SAS. At the Institute for Heart Research CEM, students learned about interesting experimental methods used to monitor the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in the regulation of heart function. In addition to the theoretical part on the fundamentals of the cardiovascular system, pupils had the opportunity to try pipetting the solutions onto the plate and into the gels, as well as to examine various animal tissues under a microscope. The novelty of this year and certainly the most entertaining part was the practical quiz competition, where pupils were willing to cooperate with interest in five locations where they could learn something new, as well as capitalize on the knowledge they had heard in the laboratories.

Foto: ÚVS, ÚNPF, ÚEFT CEM SAV

In an adventurous way of drug development, researchers from the Institute of Experimental Pharmacology and Toxicology of CEM led pupils. During the introductory lecture they learned about individual steps in drug development. After the introductory lecture, pupils "ran" in the laboratories, where they learned how our lifestyle or diet affect memory, learning or physical performance. The demonstrations learned that animals that consume a lot of sugars and fats and have little movement do more difficult to remember where the islet in the pool to which they must supplement. They saw that such animals were more depressed and hiding in a new place for a long time. In healthy people, however, curiosity and the desire for knowledge always prevail. This also works for humans.

In the Cell Culture Laboratory, they found out what cell life is like, what cells look like, and how they can be used to develop drugs. They looked through a microscope to find out what pancreatic beta cells, which are involved in the regulation of metabolism, and what happens when they are in a hyperglycemic environment for a long time. Children also tried pipetting and experimenting to determine the amount of protein in the solution. They also met two rats - Freddy and Mercury, who showed them how they helped researchers do their work.

"Finally, the children have determined the amount of sugar found in their favorite drinks".

Our aim was for children to think and analyze the information in context. From several points of view, we presented the consequences of frequent drinking of cola, vine, radler, juices, nibbles, energy drinks. Nobody told the students during the whole event that they should not drink it or that they should only drink clean water. But they themselves said they wouldn't drink it anymore. They were brought to their conclusion by their own experience and not by information or a ban from their parent or teacher. Let's hope their decision lasts at least a few days :-).

At the Institute of Normal and Pathological Physiology, CEM presented the students with cardiovascular research through their own documentary and the students were then able to view and test many experimental methods in individual laboratories. In this way, students could try to prepare aorta or see living cells in a light microscope. They learned about the importance of movement at the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience, where they tested changes in heart rate depending on stress conditions. This included blood pressure measurement, which has already become the focus of each action as an educational part of the cardiovascular system, but also as a simple preventive examination of biometric parameters and measured blood pressure values in young pupils and adolescents.

Text: Miroslav Ferko, ÚVS CEM SAV, Peter Bališ, ÚNPF CEM SAV, Marta Šoltésová Prnová, ÚEFT CEM SAV

The Institute of Materials and Machine Mechanics is one of the six institutes of the Slovak Academy of Sciences that have participated in the "Find a scientist in yourself" action. In the frame of this action, IMMM SAS has welcomed the sixth grade pupils from the primary school, Pavol Marcely from Bratislava in April 2019, for the third time. The action aims to promote interactive education of pupils in nature-scientific and technical subjects at the second level of primary school, motivate them to live and live activities in lessons and last but not least to increase their interest in science and research.

The fact that education is challenging, but could also be engaging and appealing, was demonstrated by a team of IMMM scientists who devoted their full attention to the pupils. Our colleague Naďa Beronská led an interactive lecture and discussion on "Materials all around us." The discussion aroused interest in why it is important to know materials and explore them. It has been found that the pupils know a lot about the materials, even if they cannot just name it correctly, so the IMMM team directed them a little.

Within the individual stations, the pupils have found together with Andrej Opálek, Miroslav Čavojský and Ľubomír Orovčík, what the materials consist of, what properties they possess and how to examine them? So they already know that the density and porosity of the materials are best demonstrated in the aquatic environment when the densest ones sink to the bottom, and the most porous ones float on the surface, but the pores are gradually filled with water, at least the open ones. They found that there was not all the gold that flashed when they analyzed brass with a chemical analyzer. And they made it clear that there was no need to bite the coins and break their teeth when they wanted to know if it is fake. They can handle it with a microhardness tester. And it didn't matter that they haven't had chemistry at school, yet. The fun was great.

No less interesting was the world of microscopy with Veronika Trembošová, Andrea Kušnierová, Štefan Nagy and Ľudmila Padúchová. How microscopes work and what is the difference between an optical and an electron microscope is already open sesame for these pupils. The microworld is amazing, and everything that has no legs and did not escape (scarves, mobiles, eyes, fingers, beetles, insects, coins, rose petals, etc.) has been observed. Since the electron microscope works on a different basis than the optical one and the samples need to be conductive to observe, it was clear that the gold-plated fly was the richest fly in Bratislava and the broader area at that time.
In the end, Tomáš Dvorák invited the pupils to the empire of tomography. Also, such 3D diagnostics by means of X-ray imaging can be very interested

The one day research on materials ended with a contest where individual teams were to weight the different kinds of materials in the shortest possible time. The best team could only be one, but all the young scientists have gained a sweet reward.

Naďa Beronská, ÚMMS SAV

At the Institute of Polymers of SAS (PI SAS), almost 80 pupil attended in the event. They were familiar with the polymers, with their formation and their possible use. The visit to the Institute of SAS was supposed to support the curriculum of the subject: Technical education.

"Try something yourself and experience it is sometimes more than just hearing or reading in books"

This year contributed colleagues Zuzana Benková and Anita Eckstein to the knowledge of the students. Zuzana and Anita made clear the process of how a small atom creates a long polymer chain to the students. The team also included Anna Zahoranová, Peter Čakánek, Maria Kováčová, Eva Habánková, Robert Balogh and Alena Šišková, who presented  interesting experiments and possibilities of using polymers in various forms at the individual stations. Since trying is sometimes more than hear the pupils had the opportunity to make their own gel capsules and at the same time to "touch" the properties, commonly available in hydrogels, which are contained, for example, in baby diapers. Pupils could test their absorbency and fluid retention. Using a microscope, pupils could zoom in on various materials that could not be recognized by the naked eye, based on the proteins and carbohydrates found in the body of the animals, demonstrating the presence of natural polymers all around us. For amusement, they could "boil" the slime of a dispersion adhesive as a monomer and soda bicarbonate as a crosslinker, and in a fun way to understand the formation of synthetic polymers. They tried to simulate various polymer chains, and special carbon nanotubes earned unexpected interest among pupils. During the visit to the laboratories they were able to make their own nanofibers and understand the importance of separation of plastic waste, its recycling and further use in everyday life.

Text & Foto: Alena Šišková, Anna Zahoranová, Anita Eckstein, Ústav polymérov SAV

"Science and innovation are important not only for individuals but especially for the technological and economic maturity of the state".

The end of the action will be an overall review of all previous years in the near future, from which, information would help to increase the pupil's interest in science and research. At the same time, they should also help primary school teachers to teach pupils how to interconnect information across subjects and thus promote the perception of the information as a whole, needed for new scientific knowledge and innovation in a wide variety of research areas and for faster progress and economic growth in our country.


FIND A SCIENTIST IN YOURSELF III.

Children will become true scientists for a day. 

Bring pupils to science and gain their interest in this discipline - this is the goal of the project of the institutes of the Slovak Academy of Sciences - Find scientists in you. In April, students of the 5th - 8th year of the Pavel Marcely Elementary School in Bratislava will participate in the third year of the project aimed at popularizing science. The "ordinary day" in the school desk will thus be exchanged for a unique experience full of new discoveries and knowledge, which will complement them with the curriculum of selected subjects.

Institute of Materials and Machine Mechanics, Polymer Institute, Institutes of Center of Experimental Medicine in cooperation with the Working Group of Experimental Cardiology, Slovak Society of Cardiology (SKS), Institute of Chemistry, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry and Center of Social and Psychological Sciences will join the project in 2019. As in previous years, the organizers also aimed at linking the knowledge that children gain in their classes with real life and research available in selected laboratories of the SAS. Schoolchildren will visit individual workplaces so that the content is directly linked to the curriculum taken in the current year from chemistry, biology, physics and technical education. In this way, scientists should be awakened for at least a moment, and the experience should inspire them to work creatively during primary school. It is important that during the visit pupils realize and experience that science is essential to life and may become scientists in the future. The main aim of the organizers is to attract the youngest schoolchildren to science, and perhaps some of them may decide to move on to an interesting and exciting journey of scientists and try to improve the world around us in adulthood.

As in the second year, in third year, at the end of the project, the pupils will fill in a specially prepared questionnaire, which the organizers want to find out the scientific literacy of children and their ability to apply the knowledge into practice. The ambition is to compare the children who were at the event with their peers who did not attend. It is interesting to note that children in the second stage of primary school are able to "think like scientists" if they are adequately led to do so. Scientific literacy is an important competence in helping to navigate the increasing amount of information of varying quality to which we are exposed in the world today.


Science spring camp 2019

(25.2. - 1.3.2019)

What is science? Is it interesting and necessary for life? What does science offer us? All these questions could be answered by the graduates of the first year of the spring camp organized by All4Science o. z. in cooperation with several Institutes of SAS.

During the five, still cold, days of spring holidays in the Bratislava region, 14 curious children from Bratislava and its surroundings enjoyed the secrets of science firsthand and became involved in real scientists. Initially, they became acquainted with the need for scientific knowledge, the principles of science, the compilation and validation of a hypothesis to confront this with experimentally acquired data at a conference organized on the last day of the camp in the presence of parents. Several groups, as well as individuals have designed experiments themselves. how to present magnetism, whether and how long the plant can last without air, what is the melting temperature of gallium, how and in what time it is possible to dissolve rubber teddy bears in various solutions, whether it is possible to inflate the balloon only using PET bottle, ice, warm water and freezer, also why ice melts in in winter on roads below zero and whether it is possible to construct a magnetic tube to carry things.

In addition to their own mini-projects, the children did various physical activities in the open air and performed entertaining experiments, recognizing the basic patterns of chemistry, physics and biology. It was interesting to note that the lemon is conductor and that it can be used to turn on the bulb, that the water itself does not conduct electricity, but after adding ordinary cooking salt, yes. They learned what pH is and what is pH of lemon juice, soda or a mixture of them. They also found out how the Dead Sea works and why it is possible to swim in it and that it is very easy to make a "artificial slime" right at home in the kitchen.

During the camp, the graduates also visited the Aurelium Science Center, where they replaced theory with experience, and where they could test how it works in practice. Archimedes' screw, how to light a bulb just by touching the hands of uneven metals, how to visualize the heat and how the electric motor works, which is the lever and hydraulics, and learned many other laws.

Children also visited some institutes of the SAS during the spring camp, where they learned under the professional guidance of the staff of the IMMM SAS what materials the individual euro coins consist of, as it is possible to see the microworld not only metals but also plants and animals used in chemical material research. it is microhardness and how the surface for metallographic observation of materials can be perfectly polished. At the Institute of Experimental Pharmacology and Toxicology of the SAS, they met Freddie and Mercury rats, learned how much sugar was found in  commercially available beverages, saw what a cell looked like, and most appealing was the appearance of liquid nitrogen with ice. At the Institute of Polymers of SAS, the children learned what polymers are and what they actually mean for us. They have learned to prove the presence of starch in foods, e.g. in cooked rice, corn starch or in pudding, they have prepared polymer capsules that could serve to deliver the drug to the human body and also become familiar with "heat-sensitive" polymers that are transparent in winter and soften in the heat.

Participants - young promising scientists have also practiced how to manage a crisis situation that is literally a bare life. They experienced a training evacuation of the building. They handled the situation brilliantly and commended the commander fully deserved.

The whole spring camp had a ceremony, where the graduates presented directly to the director of the Institute of Materials and Machine Mechanics of the SAS their inventions and plans for the future, they received a certificate of completion of the camp.

We firmly believe that children have gained valuable knowledge from us, which they will use later in school or in their professional lives.

Nosko, Šišková, Zahoranová


We prepare science spring camp:

From 25 February to 1 March 2019 we organize a spring day camp for children aged 7 to 12 years. Candidates for the camp, please send the completed and signed application form, general terms and conditions and its attachments to the email address of the civic association All4Science, o.z.: all4science1@gmail.com 

For download: APPLICATION for spring camp (only in Slovak language)

For download: GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS (only in Slovak language)

Pre záväzné prihlásenie dieťaťa na jarný denný tábor je potrebné vyplniť nielen prihlášku, ale aj podpísať všeobecné zmluvné podmienky, vyplniť prílohy k všeobecným zmluvným podmienkam a všetko zaslať na adresu občianského združenia All4Science, o.z.


Find a scientists in yourself 2018

"Find a scientist in yourself" is a project that was attended by pupils from Pavol Marcely's primary school from the 5th to the 8th year and the Institutions of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS). At the SAS, pupils could try what it is like to be a scientist.

Summer club in INSPIRO

During the summer holidays, children in the daily camp in Inspiro - Leisure Park in Ivanka pri Dunaji could try experiments from the workshop of All4Science, o.z.


 

SCIENCE IS FUN

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