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Universidad EAFIT
Carrera 49 # 7 sur -50 Medellín Antioquia Colombia
Carrera 12 # 96-23, oficina 304 Bogotá Cundinamarca Colombia
(57)(4) 2619500 contacto@eafit.edu.co

What does EAFIT Children's University do?

EAFIT Children’s University (ECU) is a science education program in Medellín Colombia which unfolds in three lines of action: inter-disciplinary science workshops and events; science communication contents, and science education research.

Since its foundation in 2005, ECU has engaged 6,240 children and young people, 530 schoolteachers, 480 undergraduate students, 371 schools and 210 researchers in long-term science-based formative processes, besides the more than 21,000 people in short-duration initiatives. Workshops conducted in-campus have been a living lab which have enabled ECU to apply its hands-on methodology off-campus: 

  • In IBSME projects developed for and with the local and national government and the private sector, including a model of city council with young people, inter-sectoral debate sessions to understand problems of national concern and school clubs for engagement with maths.
  • Designing and implementing in-territory community engagement strategies with researchers
  • Promoting  critical understanding of science in public events such as Medellin Book Festival, Medellin Science Fair and Early Childhood Festival Buen Comienzo. The science contents projects of ECU  comprise radio broadcasts, an annual printed publication, science stories booklets, manifestos by children, among others. 

In-campus science workshops

Children and young people engage in an up-to-10-year non formal education process which comprises three phases:

  1. Encuentros con la pregunta (Meeting questions): 8-10 year-old children participate in science workshops revolving around genuine questions asked by children. 

  2. Expediciones al conocimiento (Journeys to knowledge): 9-13 year-old children participate in science workshops revolving around questions that have inspired the work of researchers. 

  3. Retos y Proyectos de ciencia (Science projects and challenges): 14-18 year-old people face challenges and develop projects in diverse knowledge fields.