University for Children (Brussels)
In 2017, we started supporting the science programmes of the "University for Children" at ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles).
800 children (aged 6-12) go to university on Saturday mornings and 86 university professors are mobilized in 127 different workshops with the objective of breaking the barriers and getting children from all walks of life to know what university is.
The idea is "breaking barriers" mainly by opening university doors to children whose parents never dared but also by bringing together University professors and primary school teachers who together develop the appropriate workshops for those students aged 6 to 12 years.
Solvay more particularly sponsors the Science classes. Themes and subjects are designed to address the questions of children:
- How does my eye see? by a Professor in Physics
- Why is the sky blue? by a Professor in astro-Physics
- Why do volcanoes spit fire? By a Geologist
- Why does chocolate melt in your mouth? by a Professor in Chemistry
- What is DNA? how doas that work? By a Professor in biology
- All the students will graduate in May, a celebration attended by family and friends.