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Scientific conference for children from 9 to 12 years old at the Cité de l’Espace

The Children’s Scientific Conference, created in 2009 by the Cité de l’Espace, aims to introduce students, aged 9 to 12, to the different aspects of the research profession, to promote space culture and to encourage possible scientific careers.

In this thirteenth edition, 24 classes of Episode 3 (CM1, CM2, and 6) worked in pairs from school and college for eight months, on a unique school project, on a science topic related to space and astronomy. Imagine your school on Mars. The Cité de l’Espace presents a hybrid event, with the first live conference, on Friday 10 June 2022, for schools in southwest France and a second conference in digital version, on Friday 17 June, 2022 for geographically distant schools.

Participating classes received a case with many experiments to be done in class. Thus, since last November, more than 600 students across France have conducted investigative work in class to gain the scientific knowledge needed to understand the Martian environment and especially its limitations. The goal is to overcome them and provide innovative solutions in order to imagine their college on the red planet.

Friday 10 June, ten classes will meet at the Cité de l’espace, students will present the results of their research themselves, microphone in hand. After being divided into several groups, they will discover a lesser known aspect of a researcher’s profession, which is presenting results, and they will learn to explain and persuade orally, then answer questions. They will model their college established on Mars, and the charter of shared life in this Martian college. During this day, they will also participate in various workshops on Mars and visit the permanent space “The Martian Terrain” at the Cité de l’Espace.

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The following week, on Friday 17 June 2022, the Children’s Science Conference will be organized in digital format for geographically distant classes.

Beatrice Flamang

Children’s Scientific Conference

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