LEARNING. IDEAS. FASCINATION. EXPERIMENTS.
WHO WE ARE
LIFE is a Danish non-profit educational initiative within the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). LIFE is supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.
Our mission is to strengthen children and adolescents’ knowledge about and fascination for natural science through enquiry-based science education. We seek to do this by developing and offering free teaching courses to primary and lower secondary schools and upper secondary schools across all of Denmark.
In all the LIFE teaching courses, pupils work with current societal challenges in ways that support the UN Sustainable Development Goals, while the courses comply with the schools’ existing learning objectives.
When developing teaching courses, LIFE works closely together with schools, businesses and research institutions in order to create real-life cases that are interesting for pupils as well as teachers.
LIFE teaching courses
All LIFE teaching courses consist of a ‘LIFE Kit’ with physical training materials as well as digital training materials available on the digital platform ‘MY:LIFE’.
When a school class has completed a teaching course, the course can be supplemented by a visit from our mobile laboratory, LIFE Mobile Lab, which schools can book from the autumn of 2020. Alternatively, classes will be able to visit LIFE Campus, our new educational centre north of Copenhagen, Denmark, when it opens in the autumn of 2021.
LIFE Mobile Lab and LIFE Campus will both have state-of-the-art laboratories, equivalent to the facilities ‘real-life’ researchers work with in companies. Teachers from LIFE will lead the laboratory work in collaboration with the school teachers.
LIFE is an acronym for Learning, Ideas, Fascination and Experiments.
”At LIFE we want to create inspiring, authentic and hands-on science education in cooperation with schools. We believe that curiosity, experimenting and the desire for creating and exploring ideas should be key elements in the long-term effort to promote children’s and adolescents’ interest in the STEM disciplines as well as their scientific learning.”
CHRISTINE ANTORINI, CEO, LIFE
LIFE’s ambition is to contribute to:
Attaining a higher level of scientific learning among Danish children, adolescents and the population in general;
Promoting the motivation among children and adolescents to engage themselves in natural science, including taking an interest in its importance and application;
Promoting an interest in choosing an education within the natural sciences, both at upper-secondary school and higher education levels.
What is included in a LIFE teaching course?
All LIFE teaching courses include a LIFE Kit containing physical training materials, such as VR glasses, enzymes, potting soil and Rhizobia bacteria.
As part of a LIFE teaching course, the school class will also work with the digital platform MY:LIFE, where training materials such as videos, interactive tasks and guides for the teacher are available.