The Young Scientist Academy was launched in the academic year of 2012/2013 and is open to preschoolers as well as – from 2018 – children with Down syndrome and their parents and teachers.
It aims to teach more about medical professions, make children aware about why they should take care of their health and develop hygienic habits, create good conditions for spontaneous and organised physical activity of children, teach self and health responsibility, build confidence and positive self-images, develop the habit of speaking in a mild voice, prevent violence, and eliminate verbal and physical aggression among preschoolers. It also offers the option of training parents/teachers in scope of behavioural problems of their children and showing them educational videos.
The activity of the Young Scientist Academy helps children, parents, and teachers learn about the history of medicine, the work of nurses (including basic ruled of personal hygiene, giving injections, taking temperature, measuring pressure), obstetrics nurses (including what they do when a new life comes into the world), paramedics (including general behaviour in hazardous situations, unassisted administration of first aid, how to call an ambulance), radiologists (including the human body), physiotherapists (including the need for physical activity, exercise through fun), nutritionists (including development of proper nutritional habits), and speech therapists (including breathing exercises). It also helps understand the needs and standards of oral hygiene and raises self-image and confidence.