The Klokhuis Science Prize rewards scientific research that is important for children and is awarded by children who cast a vote on the website of Het Klokhuis, a popular Dutch TV programme for primary school children and young teenagers. This year, four students from the University of Groningen submitted their studies to compete for the 4th edition of the award.
According to the University of Groningen website, the scientists presented their projects conducted in the fields of archaeology, ecology, behavioural sciences and psychology.
Marjolein Admiraal wants children to familiarise with a prehistoric menu of people in Alaska; she knows how to examine food leftovers on the 2,000-year-old pots and already spotted remains of fish, whales, walruses and seals. Annelies van Ginkel can tell youngsters who love nature how deer and wolves can influence trees in the forest. Elianne Zijlstra visits children in asylum seekers’ centres and asks about their experiences in the Netherlands. Rachel de Jong can help those with a phobia to overcome it with a step-by-step approach. For Instance, she can show how to face a fear of spiders by getting closer to Peter the spider.
Het Klokhuis will select 10 national nominations for the final competition this Friday, September 27. Last year, a total of 7,108 children voted to choose a winning research. The prize-winning project will be explored on television, in a 15 minute episode of Het Klokhuis. Previously, youngsters wanted to learn more about growing vegetables on Mars, how a 3D camera can show why children get cancer and wheelchair trainings for children.