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Outreach Maker activities for rural and urban use

Outreach is an especially vital aspect of science communication in Northern Europe as its low population density means there are many who live in remote areas. This has also come to be true for socioeconomicly segregated areas, especially in the city suburbs. Key to outreach in this type of environment are mobile groups that are able to travel (sometimes large distances) to those who otherwise may not be able to access services and activities traditonally provided by science centres.

This is the session to come to if your science centre is interested in starting an outreach programme or doing mobile maker and tinker activities. We will also share our experience of working with socio-economic segrageted audiences.


Science Center Manager

Session speakers

Alfred works on the outreach program Maker Tour at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He is part of a group who works with teacher training and meeting classes in their classroom and at the museum. They focus on bringing programming activities to the schools and also to train the teachers in programming and maker activities. The participating schools are all part of a special outreach project to narrow the gap of socio-economic segregation.
Manager Science Circus/Head of outreach
Magne is the manager of Jærmuseet Science Circus ,an outreach unit that mainly travels to schools in the Norwegian region of Rogaland. Science Circus have the last 22 years done outreach in most of Norway, with occasional visits to Iceland, The Faroe Islands, Poland, and Sweden. A school visit from Science Circus includes: a Science Show, a small exhibition, and workshops where the pupils get to build something. Magne will show you the simple LED-light workshop that is an introduction for pupils into the world of soldering and electronics.
Developer and teacher
With drama and historic characters as one tool, Navet meets classes in all different stages and teachers in in-service training to inspire, teach and support when it comes to programming and digital tools. The interest has been big, especially since the Swedish curriculum has been revised with programming as a part in several subjects. Navet gives the classes the opportunity to meet both at the science center and at the schools, since it is not always easy for the schools to travel to the science center.
show with our best friend Knokklel- Knut the skelleton!
Head Teacher technology, scienceshow and astronomy
Sciencecenter South, Norway
Tor Inge is the head of astronomy, scienceshows and makerspace at sciencecenter Sørlandet. He has worked in schools for about 15 years. At the sciencecenter, he travels about 15 000 km echa year and brings out equipment and knowledge to the schools. He will bring some mechatronics, Lego and homemade cranes teaching the students about mathematics, technology, building and programming.
Photo of Sander Kask's face
Project Manager
Sander is working in the external funding department at Science Centre AHHAA, Estonia. AHHAA is renowned for its wide selection of scientific, yet easy to understand short hands-on workshops. These workshops can, in most cases, be organized on the road as well as in-house. Sander has been developing workshops that involve digital technologies and coding, for example as part of the SciSkills 2.0 project, where AHHAA, Teknikens Hus in Sweden and the University of Iceland work together to develop a coding training program for teachers. In this session Sander will showcase some coding examples and let you make cardboard virtual reality goggles.
Project Manager
Martin has been running programming workshops for University of Iceland outreach programmes such as The University Train and Youth University. Currently he is developing lesson plans for teachers to integrate programming into their current lessons, and working on Raspberry Pi GPIO based mechatronic workshops and teaching projects.