Extracurricular Offers

The IPN provides a wide range of additional programs for students interested in science. For those programs directed towards children and teenagers in German schools, the additional information is only available in German.

Student Competitions

The IPN hosts six competitions designed for students of different age groups. More detailed information on the competitions can be found on the ScienceOlympiad pages.

Kiel Science Outreach Lab (Kieler Forschungswerkstatt)

The IPN operates a student laboratory, the Kiel Science Outreach Lab (Kieler Forschungswerkstatt), in cooperation with Kiel University.

Schleswig-Holstein Student Science Center

Our student research centers (SFZ®) aim to offer children and teenagers interested in science and mathematics extensive STEM development opportunities. The services offered by the regional centers go far beyond the programs of student laboratories, science museums or science centers that already exist in Schleswig-Holstein: The services offered by the regional centers go far beyond the programs of student laboratories, science museums or science centers that already exist in Schleswig-Holstein. At the student research center, students can pursue their own research questions over a longer period of time and in their free time. This gives them an intense and authentic experience in independent research-based learning. There are now student research centers at a total of eight locations in Schleswig-Holstein, operated by 13 schools and the Kiel Science Outreach Lab. Further information can be found on the network's website.

STEM Academy

The STEM Academy in the Schleswig-Holstein network of student research centers provides students with the broadest and most intensive support possible in the STEM field. Interested and talented children and teenagers can take advantage of additional activities offered by the student research centers and other partner institutions throughout Schleswig-Holstein, such as the annual talent camps held during the fall vacations at the Kiel Science Outreach Lab. In addition, they can network and exchange ideas with researchers, but also with each other. The STEM Academy is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Schleswig-Holstein (MBWK) and the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN).


The regional Science@Seas network aims to expand and consolidate existing STEM opportunities and structures in the Schleswig-Holstein region under a common umbrella brand. Central to this are offers for students such as training in research, creative craft development, or the YES!MINT competition. STEM Culture festivals are also organized annually in various regions of Schleswig-Holstein. In collaboration with the Technische Akademie Nord e.V., the ZBW - Leibniz Information Center for Economics, the European University of Flensburg as well as the Research Forum Schleswig-Holstein and companies active there, STEM's importance and opportunities will receive a higher profile in the public eye as well as in the perceptions of students. Further information can be found on the Science Surfers website.

Science Day as part of the Festival of Science

The IPN regularly participates in the annual Science Days. For this event, the institute puts together a colorful program of hands-on experiments, activities, simulations, lectures, games, show experiments and panel discussions. Prague, Vienna, Madrid, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Kiel: The Festival of Science in Kiel is not only Schleswig-Holstein's largest science event, but also part of the Europe-wide European Researchers' Night. On the last Friday in September, scientists all over Europe invite you to learn, research and discover. Maybe in your city, as well?


The IPN participates in the recurring Rent-a-Scientist campaign, which is part of the Festival of Science, under the slogan: "Science in Schools". Researchers in the Kiel region, coming from different fields of research, create an interesting lesson for school classes and introduce the research field to the students in an understandable and enjoyable manner.