IST for Kids

Science Education at IST Austria

IST for Kids & Science Education

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 on September 19, 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 7-12 years. Information on the 2021 edition of the Sommercampus will go online soon! The currently planned date for Sommercampus 2021 is August 16-20.

Science Camp for Teenagers

Please check back soon for info on this year’s teenager summer science camp or have a look at last year’s video!

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. The 2021 edition of the Science Education Day will take place on March 24 online (in German). All infos and registration available here.

IST Austria School competition

Creating the future“ („Zukunft gestalten”) is the motto of this year’s IST Austria school competition. Please find more information here (German only).

Zoom a Scientist

Meet IST Austria scientists online.

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

School visits

We can’t wait to welcome school classes back on our campus. If you are interested in doing a science project with your school class with us, don’t hesitate to get in touch already now. We work with school classes of all ages and school types, also during the pandemic! Looking forward to hearing from you at

Educational Resources

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

Teaching material: Evolutionary activities (English)


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