IST for Kids

Science Education at IST Austria

IST for Kids

We want to grow the fascination for science in society and inspire children to become the researchers of tomorrow. To this end, IST Austria hosts a range of outreach events and summer camps, and continually develops Science Education activities and resources for children of all ages and educators.

On this site:

Virus Alert in Stayhompton

„Virus alert in Stayhompton“ is an educational board game for players from 12 years of age developed in collaboration with IST Austria scientists. It is freely available as a download in English and German and via mail (German only) here.

Pop-up Science

Discover our online DIY science program for kids aged 7-12 years! Find ideas for DIY experiments, interviews with researchers and more on the Pop-up Science page (mostly German).

Don’t miss out on the three episodes of Supergscheit!, the crazy experiments show (English subtitles available).

Open Campus

Every year in spring, IST Austria celebrates ist birthday with Open Campus, a big family science party. During the 2020 pandemic, Open Campus moved online. We hope to be back on site for Open Campus 2021, with guided tours through our labs and a diverse program. Fun with science in a relaxed atmosphere guaranteed! Check out the Open Campus Website.

Science Camps for Kids and Teens


Discover the world of science and art! Take your first steps as a researcher at the Sommercampus, every year in August. For this one-week course, you choose between biology, physics, computer science, or art.  At the end of the week, you present your findings in an exhibition and receive your diploma. This event is in German and is for children aged 6-12 years. The Sommercampus 2020 camp (August 24-28) is already booked out! Registration for next year’s edition will open in spring 2021.

Talentesommer – Science Camp for Teenagers

The 2020 edition of Talentesommer is all about designing your own research („Entwirf dein Forschungslabor!“) In this camp for teenagers aged 12-16 you develop your own research project in teams, you learn to program robots and use 3D printers to print your own research lab! In addition, meet scientists from IST Austria and see how modern research works in reality. This camp from August 31- September 4 is already booked out. More information here.

For Schools and Educators

Science Education Day

The Institute’s Science Education Day is an annual event for teachers, scientists and all those interested in communicating science. After a successful 2019 edition on inquiry-based learning, the Science Education Day is currently on hold due to the pandemic.

IST Austria School competition

„We make the future“ („Wir schaffen Zukunft”) is the motto of this year’s IST Austria school competition. The future is uncertain – also researchers can never know for sure what their research will find or how it will change the future. Still, dreams and hopes to contribute to a better future make researchers tick. Find out more about the school competition and the winning projects here (German).

Zoom a Scientist

Meet IST Austria scientists online.

Check out this program for school classes on the “Zoom a Scientist” page.

School visits

Visit us or do a research project with your class at IST Austria! For information, please get in touch with us at

Educational Resources

Distance-Learning Course: Selected topics in Evolutionary Biology (STEB) (English)

Teaching material: Evolutionary activities (English)


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