Gifted primary school students have the chance to get to know the world of natural sciences by partaking in projects related to astronomy, physics, biology, chemistry and other sciences.

The fifth Bistra Researchers educational camp, in which fifth and sixth grade students from all over Croatia will partake, will be held from July 20 to 27 at the Višnjan Science and Education Center in Istria.

Under the professional guidance of astronomer Korado Korlević and experts from the Višnjan Science and Education Center, young Bistra researchers, archaeologists, potholers and biologists, of whom there will be slightly more this year than the usual thirty-odd due to increased interest, will get to know the world of science and technology in a new and interesting manner, through play and the guided research of natural occurrences.

“Apart from promoting a creative approach to problem-solving and the learning of basic scientific thinking skills, the camp offers the experiential learning of basic scientific terms and working methods, which has been acknowledged by many renowned scientists and, what’s even more important, students from all over Croatia and the world. I am happy that Bistra has been acknowledging the value of our camp for a number of years”, said Korado Korlević, the head of the Višnjan Science and Education Center.

“We use every opportunity to contribute to the development of young people through science, creativity and responsible leadership, so I am particularly pleased that we continue to support the promotion of the popularisation of natural sciences and the training of gifted children in Croatia by supporting the Bistra Researchers camp. Supporting the educational camp in Višnjan was the logical result of Bistra’s activities in this field”, pointed out Boška Trbojević, the head of Coca‑Cola HBC Croatia’s Public Affairs and Communication Department.

Young scientists achieve important results every year and call attention to new insights in the world of science with their work. Thus over the past years camp participants have discovered a new pre-historic location in Klabušac close to Višnjan, detected the location of St. Francis chapel from the 9th century and created a replica of a pre-historic furnace for the making of ceramic pots. They also researched the purity of water at various locations, achieved important results in mosquito research, analysed the biological contamination of a number of pits and caves in the vicinity of Višnjan and made a solar balloon with a message.