Scifest

  •  Finland, City of Joensuu
  •   2007
Short Description

The festival “Scifest” aims to provide innovative solutions for education and the workforce challenges of the future. The main element of the festival is workshops, where kids can experiment and try things out for themselves. Alongside classical science activities, the festival offers science cafés, public speakers and a national RoboCupJunior tournament, and much else.

Objectives

The festival aims to provide innovative solutions for education and the workforce challenges of the future.

Sustainability

The first Scifest festival was implemented in 2007. The event is popular year after year.

Methodology

The main element of the festival is workshops, where kids can experiment and try things out for themselves. Alongside classical science activities, the festival offers science cafés, public speakers and a national RoboCupJunior tournament, and much else.

Funding

Abloy Ltd.; Alfred Kordelin Foundation; City of Joensuu; Finnish Cultural Foundation; Finnish Cultural Foundation – North Karelia Regional Fund; Fortum Ltd.; (Former) Joensuu University Foundation; Karjalaisen Kulttuurin Edistämissäätiö; Maa- ja vesitekniikan tuki r.y.; Ministry of Education and Culture; Pohjois-Karjalan Sähkö Ltd.; Regional Council of North Karelia; Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation; University of Eastern Finland (former University of Joensuu).

Outcomes

Pupils, students, parents and teachers get exciting experiences of learning about STEAM and culture.

Justification

Each time I have found the atmosphere of the event unbelievable. It is so inspiring to see how children, young people and adults are exciting when science, technology and research come close to them and are easily available.

Didactical Concept

At least experimental approaches and problem-based learning and socio-scientific issues.

Practice Orientation

Workshops have several activities where children, teachers and parents are challenged to use their ingenuity and hand-skills to experiment or solve problems.

Involvement

The popularity of Scifest shows that people have a thirst of knowledge related to science, and they want to be part of the science world. Furthermore, Scifest verifies that science festivals are important supporters of the formal science education and disseminator of the scientific knowledge to the public both at the regional and international level.

Mutual Learning

The contributors and the visitors can have different expertise which they can mutually share during the planning and implementing the festival.

Intergenerationality

People of all ages are welcome to the festival.

Institutional Learning

For schools, the event offers special teachers’ workshops. For businesses and universities, the festival offers a scene for recruitment and advertising. For NGOs it offers a first-class chance for raising awareness of their operations.

Evaluation

Joensuu Science Society asks feedback at the gate of the festival and sends a survey after the festival to the contributors and visitors.

Time frame
  • Annual activity
Categories
  • Interactive Workshops
Lead Organisations
  • Non-governmental Organisation
Level of Schools
  • Preschool
  • Primary School
  • Lower Secondary School
  • Upper Secondary School
  • Special School
External Partners
  • Company
  • NGO
  • Public Authority
  • Museum
  • Parents Organisation
Type of Schools
  • Every school is welcome to visit and arrange their workshops free of charge.
URL
Number of Schools involved
  • 100
Number of Schoolheads involved
  • 100
Number of Teachers involved
  • 300
Number of Students involved
  • 30000
Number of Parents involved
  • 30000
Number of External Partners involved
  • 250
Inclusivity

SciFest is an international festival by its very nature. People from different background are welcome to participate in the activities, and the contributors use English language as well. The accessibility of the event is improved each year by practical actions, e.g. paying attention to the needs of people with reduced mobility.

Ethical Aspects

The history of the festival includes several ethical topics such as water consumption, challenges with energy usage and diversity of the world. http://www.scifest.fi/history_en.php

Interdisciplinarity

The festival brings together businesses, university research groups, schools, organizations and many other parties from different fields of science, technology and the environment.

Transdisciplinarity

The practical knowledge from different disciplines may come with partners who help to organize the festival.

Cooperation

The festival is a huge event, and it could not be arranged without close cooperation between citizens, institutions and organizations.

Qualitative assessment Inclusiveness

Although the starting point of the festival is global, the focus of most activities is many cases in regional issues and science topics related to the local people’s life. In 2019, the event was organized the first time in local garden with positive feedback.

Democracy

The festival is an open forum to discuss and share ideas related to science, technology, arts, culture and education.

Supervision

The University of Eastern Finland is the main coacher and supervisor.

Digital Citizenship

Some workshops have activities where visitors may come familiar with the latest digital tools and methods such as virtual-reality glasses and digital modelling of scientific phenomena.

Cooperation Quality

Scifest is a great example of how regional organizations and citizens can have a huge power to work together for science, innovation and education.

Role of External Partners

The external partners contribute to the festival in many ways: setting up workshops, providing public lectures, or sometimes by creating theatrical performances.