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Science Holidays Program.

Build rocket cars, discover collapsible smartphones, gaze into space, find treasure around the JKU campus, or try a bit of soccer training... Once again, the JKU Science Holidays summer program offers an exciting, hands-on program for kids & teens.

Spend part of your summer holidays discovering the world of science at the Johannes Kepler University Linz! The Johannes Kepler University's summer enrichment program gives kids & teens an opportunity to explore science in an imaginative way by offering a unique selection of workshops filled with fun, games, and lots of friends!

 

The registration deadline was April 30. We are currently allocating spots in the program and will inform the children and their parents/guardians as to whether or not he/she has a spot in the program.

 

What is the JKU Science Holidays Summer Program?

The JKU Science Holidays is a week-long, full-day summer childcare program under the motto "Holidays in the World of Science". Program organizers have put together an exciting, age-appropriate program of workshops, seminars and excursions, ranging from areas in natural sciences, engineering, law, medicine, business, to social issues and biology, inviting kids & teens between the ages of 6 and 14 to explore, discover and get active.

Spots in the program are limited (a total of 660 in all, or 165 spots per week) and will be allocated by lottery. All of those taking part will be divided into small, age-appropriate groups (max. 15 per group). Two trained educators will supervise the group throughout the week and make sure they get to their workshops.

There is a participation fee of € 50 to take part in the program. This fee covers any entrance fees as well as lunch (Monday to Thursday). You are not subject to any additional costs.

Key Facts

Program Management & Contact

Bernadette Weinreich, JKU University Communications

scienceholidays@jku.at

Info Point

Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenbergerstraße 69
4040 Linz

Kepler Hall

Time Frame

Week 1: July 11 - 15, 2022
Week 2: July 18 - 22, 2022
Week 3: July 25 - 29, 2022
Week 4: August 1 - 5, 2022

Program Time

Monday to Thursday, 8.00 AM - 4.00 PM
Fri, 8.00 AM - Noon

Age Groups

Ages 6-7
Ages 8-9
Ages 10-11
Ages 12-14

Costs / Fees

€ 50/child/week (incl. lunch Mon. to Thurs. and entry fees)

2 sample schedules from last summer's program:

[Translate to Englisch:] Stundenplan
[Translate to Englisch:] Stundenplan_C.2.1

How does the registration process work?

  1. Sign up for the coming summer now until April 30, 2022.

    Please note:

    • You must complete a registration form for each child.
    • During program allocation, only siblings will be considered.
  2. You will be notified by May 15, 2022, as to whether or not your child/children has/have received a spot in the JKU Science Holidays program.

  3. The participation fee of € 50 must be paid within 7 days of receiving an invoice (invoice will be sent via e-mail).

    Please note: Your child will have a confirmed spot in the program only when the participation fee has been paid.

  4. You will receive a schedule one week before your child is scheduled to start the program. Please pay special attention to any information provided in regard to any planned excursions or field trips.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a participation fee?

There is a participation fee of € 50 per child. The fee covers all admissions as well as lunch (Monday to Thursday). You will not be subject to additional fees.

Who will be taking care of and supervising my child(ren)?

Trained educators and designated JKU workshop leaders will supervise and care for your child(ren) during program hours. You are, however, responsible for getting to campus for the workshops.

Can my child go home alone?

Yes, children may go home alone provided the parent or guardian has given consent. Please sign a consent form, opens a file.

Please bring the document with you on the first day and give it to the group leader.

Can I sign up more than one child? Can I sign my child up for more than one week?

No, as there is a limited number of participants. Participation in the program is limited to ONE week between July 11 to August 5, 2022.

Will meals and snacks be available?

As part of the JKU Science Holidays summer program, participating kids and teens will get lunch at the JKU cafeteria, fruit, drinks, and cereal bars to snack on in between.

Will my child stay overnight at the JKU as part of Science Holidays summer program?

No, children return home every day after the program or are picked up by a parent/guardian.

How many children in all can take part in the JKU Science Holidays program?

A total of 660 children will have the opportunity to actively take part in this summer enrichment program between July 11 and August 5, 2022. This means that 165 kids & teens will spend time enjoying the campus each week! The kids & teens will be divided into groups of 15 max.

Where is the Info Point?

The Info Point is located on the ground floor of the Kepler Hall.

Which workshops will my child attend?

You will receive a "schedule" approximately one week before your child is scheduled to start the program. The program will include a variety of hands-on workshops, excursions, field trips, as well as fun & games!

Will my child have a better chance of getting into the program if I register him/her more than once?

No, the registration list will be reviewed before spots are allocated. This gives each and every child an equal chance in the drawing to get a spot in the program.

Where can I park when I drop off/pick up my child?

If possible, please take public transportation to get the JKU. The Info Point at the Kepler Hall is only a 5 minute walk from the tram stop "Universität" (tram lines 1 or 2). In addition, the bus stops for the express bus lines 311 and 77 are located close to Kepler Hall.

If using public transportation to get to the JKU is not an option, you can park in our main parking lot for 30 minutes free of charge in order to drop off / pick-up your child(ren). This parking lot is located directly next to Kepler Hall.

PLEASE NOTE: Parking in the underground parking garage or in the parking lot directly next to the Science Park buildings is NOT free!

Update regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic

The organizational process for the Science Holidays program remains unchanged. Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, we are re-assessing the situation on a regular basis as to whether or not the Science Holidays program can continue to take place. If the program must be cancelled due to changes in the mandates regarding Covid-19, information will be available here immediately.

Cooperation Partners

The "Science Holidays" program during July and August 2022 at the JKU campus was an initiative by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research with the generous support of the state of Upper Austria and the OEAD.

 

Cooperation Partner
[Translate to Englisch:] LOGO Bmbwf

Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research

Cooperation Partner
[Translate to Englisch:] Logo OEAD

Agency for Education and Internationalization

Cooperation Partner
[Translate to Englisch:] Logo Land Oberösterreich

Upper Austrian Government

We would like to thank the following sponsors:

[Translate to Englisch:] linz AG Logo