From October 12th to 16th, one of the EDU-ARCTIC project's partners - the Observatory of the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin (UVSQ) in the Department of Yvelines, France - hosted open door days and a science fair as part of France's annual "Fête de la science" events.
From Wednesday 12 October to Friday 14 October, different sections of the UVSQ opened its doors to more than 750 high school students from the Department of Yvelines near Paris, as well as a senior class of students from the Finnish town of Mikkeli. Students had the opportunity to see some of the equipment at he university in action and ask questions to the scientists conducting research there.
On Saturday October 15th, the garden of the observatory's premises was opened to about 60 children between the ages of 6 and 12 took part in a wide variety of hands-on experiments and observations in which they:
- measured air quality
- used baloons to make scientific measurements
- conducted pedagogical experiments on the sun's rays and maritime fluxes
- learned about greenhouse gasses
- watched a documentary on the capuchin monkey
On Sunday Obtober 16th, the university premises were open to the general public. About 360 people visited the premises to learn about the university's research activities.
It was an excellent opportunity to introduce young people to all the fun you can have in pursuing a career in the sciences!