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Danish Natural Science Marathon

“Much natural science teaching in Denmark still involves blackboard teaching and cookbook experiments. The Natural Science Marathon wants to change this by being a unique creative module targeting students and teachers in grades 5 and 6.”

 

Nanna Seidelin, Director, House of Natural Sciences

Creative teaching module

The Natural Science Marathon is a nationwide creative 10-week teaching module targeting students and teachers in grades 5 and 6 within the subject of natural sciences and technology in which the students strive to find solutions to 10 open tasks. Every year the projects cover a wide range of topics within the natural sciences: biology, physics, chemistry, geography and technology. Students get the chance to be innovative, to use their scientific knowledge and to collaborate.

School classes meet in the final competition in individual municipalities in Denmark to find the best solutions, to demonstrate their inventions and to be inspired by other solutions for the same task.

The purpose of the Natural Science Marathon is to develop students’ inventive and innovative competencies and to increase their interest and enthusiasm for science and technology. The event also inspires science and technology teachers to work with innovative projects in their teaching.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded DKK 6.55 million (€0.88 million) over 3 years to the House of Natural Sciences to help to develop the Danish Natural Science Marathon.

The grant from the Foundation will be used to develop the concept, including making the competition better known to attract even more participants in the coming years. The funding will also be used to develop new innovative projects.

Birgitte Nauntofte, CEO, Novo Nordisk Foundation, says:

“Innovation in the natural sciences and technology is important for Denmark’s future prosperity. By sponsoring the Danish Natural Science Marathon, the Novo Nordisk Foundation wants to play a part in encouraging children’s inventiveness, inspiration and knowledge related to the natural sciences and technology and to stimulate them to choose a career within these fields in the long term.”

The Natural Science Marathon has existed since 2004.

 

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