29. Aug. 2022
Some spend the entire summer by the water, others take their time to experience the science centre environment first hand. At the beginning of August, twenty selected high school students from the entire Czech Republic and Slovakia had exactly such an opportunity. Under the supervision of doctoral students from CEITEC BUT, they were able to focus on a total of five topics and use instruments and equipment in the most modern equipped laboratories in three days.
The summer school within the framework of the CEITEC Student Talent programme was held at CEITEC BUT for the second time this year. The goal of this three-day event is to spread awareness about scientific work and research among high school students. They thus have the opportunity to penetrate the secrets of science and research, try out the work of a scientist and experience the international environment of a research institute.
A total of eight mentors from among PhD students of the Advanced Materials and Nanosciences doctoral programme took care of the Summer School 2022 scientific programme. Thanks to them, the school was able to offer a total of five topics to those interested, which related to research areas such as the production of smart nanodevices for the treatment of serious diseases, the production or preparation of nanostructures, a combination of microscopic methods or the monitoring of biopolymers in regenerative medicine.
"We do many interesting things at CEITEC BUT, and I believe that a visit to our laboratories, or direct experience with scientific work, can help young people to decide on their choice of further education or employment. I was pleasantly surprised by the interest the students had, their activity and questions. It's a pleasure to work with such people," says PhD student Katarína Rovenská, who was a mentor this year and last year.
The participants were also given the opportunity to evaluate the programme as part of the evaluation questionnaires. They praised the programme: "For me, the summer school was an experience of a lifetime. It allowed me to gain new experiences and try new things. Our mentors were very nice and always happy to answer our endless questions. I was in awe when I saw an electron microscope for the first time," said student Adam, who at CEITEC was involved in the preparation of nanostructures using FDM and SLA 3D printing.
At the same time, however, many students lamented that they would have appreciated the multi-day programme. So, maybe again next year? :)