Science Education Hub Radboud University
The Science Education Hub Radboud University (WKRU) was founded in 2009 as the first science education hub in the Netherlands. The WKRU (Wetenschapsknooppunt Radboud Universiteit in Dutch) is an expert in inquiry-based learning and science education. Its mission is to encourage an inquisitive and explorative attitude in both primary school students and (upcoming) teachers. In order to accomplish this, the WKRU organises various activities that establish a link between primary schools, pre-service teacher education and researchers of the Radboud University.
We develop education materials for inquiry-based learning with and for teachers. Since 2011, the WKRU annually publishes a new Dutch book in the book series ‘Scientific breakthroughs in the classroom!’. The books cover and translate many of the top research projects conducted at the Radboud University and the Radboudumc into activities for in the classroom. They involve research in the natural and social sciences, as well as the humanities. A number of chapters from the book series have been translated into English.
The WKRU organises a range of activities for schools, teachers and researchers to encourage the inquisitive attitude and research skills of primary school students at an early age. We host workshops and courses for both teachers and researchers and annually award the Radboud Science Awards. This price is awarded to the three most important and interesting research projects of the Radboud University and the Radboudumc. Winning research teams will spend a year translating their research into educational activities in close collaboration with primary school teachers.
Information for researchers
The Science Education Hub supports researchers at the Radboud University in all career-stages to make their research accessible to primary school student and teachers. By translating research to this audience, children are provided with the opportunity to learn about science and research. As a researcher you learn how to communicate your research to a broader audience and gain new and unexpected insights by looking at your project through children's eyes.
We offer a variety of options to bring you in contact with primary education and valorise your research to this audience. Get in touch with us to discuss what the Science Education Hub can do for you.