Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2010
This description of Hanne Finstad's work was prepared when Hanne Finstad was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010.
Despite considerable economic resources, Norway ranks below France and Germany in science education. As one of the first masters students to work in gene technology in Norway, Hanne Finstad realized that you learn science by doing. Every scientist—like every social entrepreneur—had a moment that sparked his or her passion. Through Forskerfabrikken (Scientist Factory) Hanne is creating opportunities for as many kids to have as many moments of inspiration in science. Beginning in Norway, lagging behind Western Europe and Scandinavian neighbors of Sweden and Denmark, Hanne is building a civil society movement to change the way science is taught and perceived.
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