IST for Kids

Science Education at IST Austria

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.

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Open Campus

Every year in late spring, IST Austria celebrates its birthday with the Open Campus festival, offering a wide variety of fun activities for kids and curious visitors of all ages. On this day, our laboratories open their doors for guided tours open to everyone. The program is available on 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 year’s Sommercampus is already fully booked. Have a look at the program and check back in Spring 2020 to register for next year’s edition! This event is in German and is for children aged 6-12 years.

Talentesommer – Top Models in Science

Science needs models too! At this science camp for teenagers from 12 to 16 years, you spend one week (August 26-30, 2019) working with models. But this is not about fashion models or model aircrafts! This is about models that enable us to fly to Mars or to calculate the trajectory of a ball! Find out more and register here! This event is in German.

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 2019 edition focused on national and international perspectives of inquiry-based learning. For more information visit the Science Education Day website.

IST Austria School Competition

This year’s edition of the IST Austria School Competition follows the motto „We make the future“ and is open to school children from 6 to 19 years of age. The submission deadline is on April 30, 2019. The winners will be awarded their prizes at the Open Campus on May 26, 2019.

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 & Links

Resources & Links

Research Comic: Ein Sturm im Blumentopf

portrait of plant scientist Eva Benkova and physicist Björn Hof (in German)

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Research Comic: Die animierte Fruchtfliege

portrait of computer scientist Chris Wojtan and cell biologist Daria Siekhaus (in German)

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Research Comic: Ameise trifft Computer

portrait of ant researcher Sylvia Cremer and computer scientist Christoph Lampert (in German)

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Research Comic: Das Würfelspiel als Denksport

portrait of statistician Caroline Uhler and neuroscientist Jozsef Csicsvari (in German)

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Distance-Learning Course: Evolution auf der Spur

Evolution auf der Spur (Tracing Evolution) is a competition for high school students developed by IST Austria scientists. The current edition of this distance-learning course is running until April 2019 and is available in both German and English.

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Educational Poster: Tree of Life

Poster developed for a previous edition of the Sommercampus. Suitable for children from 5 years on.

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Teaching material: Evolutionary activities

This collection comprises ten activities developed for high school students to promote awareness of the basic concepts of evolution, and facilitate a better understanding of a wide range of topics in biology. The evolutionary activities can be used directly in classes, seminars, or at home. They cover a variety of topics and have various time requirements, from short reading activities to plant-growing projects spanning multiple weeks. Each activity consists of teaching notes and printable student sheets and materials, and can be incorporated into the classroom with little extra effort from the instructor.

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