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A science café, Zabuki, that we launched for children in the Dutch town of Deventer in 2008 is hugely successful — attracting around 70 schoolchildren every month (http://www.zabuki.nl). We also organize an annual two-day science festival with the local teacher-training schools, to which some 800 children came last year. We urge other towns to launch similar initiatives to encourage more kids to engage with science and technology. Like science cafés for adults (Nature 399, 120; 1999), Zabuki is run by volunteers — usually parents. Trainee primary-school teachers also help regularly as part of their assignments. The children (aged 7–12) suggest themes that are developed in smaller workshops with the help of a local expert. Local companies volunteer materials and expertise.
Source: Anne M. Dijkstra, Henk Van Voorthuizen & Mark Van Zijtveld (2011): Café science for kids, Nature 475, 296 (21 July 2011) doi:10.1038/475296c