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STEM activities

On this page, you will find more information about science competitions and events supported by SCK CEN.

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Science competitions

Nuclear Game Challenge

The goal of this competition was, after the kick-off event and with the support of an SCK CEN or JRC mentor, to conceive and develop an educational game on nuclear science and applications that can be used afterwards in the classroom or beyond. 

This competition was organised in collaboration with the Joint Research Centre (JRC – research centres of the European Commission).

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Nuclear Role-Play Contest

With this Nuclear Role-Play Contest, SCK CEN is aiming to give you a broad view of nuclear science and its applications while putting your teamwork skills, creativity and critical thinking to the test.
The challenge in this contest was to devise a role-playing game about nuclear science and technology in a team setting, including a matching prop and supporting educational package.

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Flemish Physics Olympiad

With the SCK CEN Academy, we support the finalists in the Flemish Physics Olympiad every year and treat them to a scientific visit to our technical facilities in Mol.


Science Day

Discover the participation of SCK CEN in Science Day 2020, where you can learn all about our research in the fields of environment, safety, health and energy.


Nerdland Festival

Nerdland Festival, the successor to Sound of Science, is Belgium's largest outdoor science festival. Visit the website and find out what contribution SCK CEN is making to this spectacle, which took place from 3 to 5 June 2022. The 2023 edition is planned from 26 to 28 May 2023.

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Printemps des Sciences

Printemps des Sciences ('Spring of the Sciences') is a science event from the Brussels-Wallonia Federation that is taking place from 21 to 27 March 2022. Discover this year's programme on the website, with the support of SCK CEN.



SCK CEN employees set out to inspire first grade high school students for a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and career as part of Vlajo and essencia's STEMfluencers project.

During a two-hour long guest lecture, our colleagues will tell the students about their scientific studies and career and will offer insight into their everyday job here at SCK CEN. They will bring a tangible, authentic, and inspiring story to young students who are at the beginning of their high school careers, have a lot to discover, and therefore still have many study choices to make.

Additionally, SCK CEN colleagues can also present their STEM studies and career to third grade high school students for ‘STEM Ondernemers voor de klas’.

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