The MINT program (Mathematics, Computer Science, Science and Technology) has set itself the goal of providing all pupils with a first access to science regardless of their professional future. It should enable everyone to deal with scientific topics and gain new insights. For this reason, we are already working with children from the primary school age, but also with high school students, sometimes with their teachers directly. The program is being implemented by employees of the Chemistry Institute of the University of Fribourg and the Adolphe Merkle Institute. It is co-financed by the Swiss Academy of Arts and Sciences.
MINT is consist of several branches:
KidsUni is an association founded in early 2014 by two professors from the Department of Chemistry of the University of Fribourg and the Adolph Merkle Institute. The idea is to bring chemistry and the scientific method to children from 9-11 years old through interesting and quality workshops. Over the time, more professors have joined to the association. Today we can offer twice a year a series of four workshops:
- Light and color with Prof. Alke Fink and Prof. Marco Lattuada.
- Polymers with Dr. Stephen Schrettl
- Soaps with Prof. Fabio Zobi
- Batteries and energy with Prof. Jean-Pascal Bourgeois, Prof. Olivier Nicolet and Prof. Véronique Breguet Mercier from the Engineering School of Fribourg.
We are currently in the process of setting up other workshops for the other scientific fields for various ages.
For more info: https://events.unifr.ch/kidsuni/fr/
WINS (Women in Science and Technology) is a program that gives girls between the ages of 15 and 16 the opportunity to get into the department to slip into the skin of a scientist.
This internship is organized by the Faculty of Science and Medicine and the Department of Egality of the University of Fribourg.
The internship consists of two full days of experiments at two different departments of the Faculty of Science and Medicine (one per day).
For more information: http://www.unifr.ch/wins/fr/
Swiss Young Researcher
Swiss Young Researcher (Schweizer Jugend Forscht) is a foundation that is intended to arouse interest among young Swiss in the fields of innovation, science and technology. Their goal is to provide a platform for young people of secondary level I and II (high school, vocational training), where they can get an initial insight into the scientific work.
The foundation offers study weeks in various scientific fields, especially in our department every two years. The young people will have the opportunity to develop their project in our laboratories in a research group.
For more information: http://sjf.ch/?lang=fr
Schools/ High Schools
We offer support to the primary, secondary and high school teachers through many ways such as counseling or experts in final exams. We also offer possibility of visiting schools upon request or schools can visit our laboratories where students can do some experiments related to their teaching program. In that way, the students have better understanding.
Matura Arbeit/Travail de Maturité
We offer students who are interested in Chemistry the opportunity to be supported during their Matura papers. Whereas the number of seats is limited.
For further information please contact: Dr. Sofía Martín Caba
- Hôpital des Nounours: We strongly support medicine students in their workshops with kids for their sensivity against doctors. We offer them support in the fabrication of the "magic cream".
- HEIA-FR: Three professors of the HEIA-FR support kidsUni with a workshop in batteries.https://www.facebook.com/
Journal Migros: We support the family section of Migros journal with experiments for kids that can be done easily at home. https://www.migrosmagazine.ch/
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- Swiss Brain Team: Founded by a group of kids, we support this organization with workshops and experiments related to their interests
Future en tous genres/Zukunftstag: Once a year. kids from 10-11 years oldare able to visit the university to discover the professions in order to help them to choose their future profession
- Musée de Histoire Naturel de Fribourg: In the frame of bio-inspired materials exhibition that takes place at the Natural History Museum of Fribourg, we offer some workshops and scientific discussions.
- Goûtres scientifiques: Kids of 8-12 years old can participate in the activities organized by the goûters scientifiques, where they have the opportunity to discover the different departments at the University.
- Passport Vacances: During the summer holidays, Chemistry Department offers kids the possibility to visit our research laboratories and do some experiments by themselves. We offer this kind of workshops for Passeport Vacances Fribourg and Payerne. https://www.pvfr.ch/
- FriTime Schmitten: As we do with Passport Vacances, we offer kids from Schmitten the possibility to visit our laboratories and do some experiments by themselves http://www.schmitten.ch/de/vereine/ferienpassfritime/