Participants of the ADAMED SmartUP camp complete two weeks of experiments at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences
A robotics class in the morning, then a break followed by laser cutting of elements from plexiglass, then lunch, 3D printing workshops and dinner — this is a sample daily schedule for the participants of the 3rd two-week ADAMED SmartUP camp. Participation in the science camp, which took place between 16 and 29 July, was both a prize and another stage in competing for scholarships.
The fact that there is more to science that books, tests and Olympiads was probably very well known to all the campers, but for most of them this was their first chance to delve so deeply into the scientific world. 50 most talented students of secondary schools from all over Poland, selected from nearly 7,000 entrants of the 3rd edition of the ADAMED SmartUP programme, were divided into the following groups: “Engineering and robotics”, “Chemistry and biochemistry”, “Medicine and medical sciences” and “Physics and new technologies”.
Teachers conducting the classes included specialists from the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. The classes were very diverse and placed emphasis on showing how knowledge can be applied in practice. There were workshops on suturing techniques or protein crystallisation as well as a plane building contest. The students also went on excursions to scientific institutions such as the Institute of Experimental Biology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the National Centre for Nuclear Research and the Heavy Ion Laboratory, or the Centre of Postgraduate Medical Education. As a novelty, this year’s camp featured classes on bacteria culturing or protein proteolysis. The campers also visited the Adamed Group Research and Development Centre in Pieńków.
This year marks the third edition of the innovative science camp. Our experience from the past three years shows that young people do feel a great need to develop their practical knowledge. For this reason we place particular emphasis on professionally equipped laboratories, experimental equipment and state-of-the-art research devices as well as the interdisciplinary nature of the camp to enable its participants to discover a passion for a field they haven’t known before — says Katarzyna Dubno, Member of the Management Board of the Adamed Group Foundation responsible for organising the programme.
The participants have experienced many memorable moments but now have to endure a few weeks of uncertainty. On 5th September, the organisers will announce the names of 10 winners who will receive the main prize — 10 months of educational counselling. As part of the prize, they will be offered mentors’ assistance in advancing their careers, e.g. support in applying to the universities of their dreams, be it in Poland or abroad.
Also in September this year, a new, 4th edition of ADAMED SmartUP will be launched. In the meantime, photos from this year’s edition are available on the ADAMED SmartUP fanpage.
The project has been co-financed by the European Union.