A lot of fun, if you like science. It can also be pretty usefull, if
you plan to study science at the university.
On the road ...
Teamwork: taking samples ...
At this stage you should not worry weather you know enough science to
do it. Nobody does except the project leader. Science is so
specialized nowadays that often you have to start from zero. But what
is important: do you know how to learn? If you can do it in the
school, you can certainly do it here. In any case, project leader is
there to answer all your questions.
Join the dark side!
And when it comes to communication - you will have to practice that as
well. You will have several chances to present your work and results.
In the end, why English? Because today it is practically
official language of science. Most of the scientific literature
is written in English, and most of the communication at
conferences or summer schools happens in English. If you
choose to study chemistry, biology or physics you will
have to use textbooks written in English very early. So
this is a good way to start. Don't worry if your English
is not the best, if you can communicate - it is enough.
Nightlife at S3: catching insects ...
You usually learn basic concepts of science in school - about acids in
chemistry, about electricity in physics or about genes in biology.
This is certainly important for your education, but you are missing a
critical part - the scientific method.
How do we ask questions about the phenomena in nature? How do we
answer them? And how can you be sure about what you've found?
The Summer School of Science is the place to learn all about it. Since we
believe that the best way to learn is by example and practice - we'll
put you in the position of the scientist. You will work on a very
specific topic with a project leader and
few other participants.
Drain the brain of others ...
The Summer School of Science is a unique place because you can meet other
high school students with interests in science. You will also meet
lots of people who work in applied or fundamental sciences. Some of
them are your project leaders, others are lecturers. Working with some
of them you will learn another thing about science - it is about
people. You have to be able to work in the team, present and share
your ideas, but in the same time listen and respect the others.
Final presentation ...