QUESTION, EXPERIMENT & UNDERSTAND is our motto, TOUCH DESIRABLE instead of TOUCH FORBIDDEN is our principle.
There are over 130 stations at which visitors can experiment on their own. At these stations simple and more in-depth experiments can be performed; however, above all experiments should be fun and thought provoking and should stimulate curiosity.
It makes no sense - especially for groups - to be guided through the exhibition. Visitors are encouraged to become involved and make their own investigations at their leisure. For this reason, we do not usually offer guided tours. However, you can of course ask one of our Mintors (guides) for help or an explanation at any time.
There isn’t any recommended way through the exhibition. The experiments relate to each other, often in neighbouring groups, but do not build on each other. The stations are grouped into nine topic areas:
- LIGHT & SHADOW (eyes, mirrors, lenses and optical equipment, ...)
- FAST & SLOW (movements, speed, expedition,impulses, ...)
- STRONG & WEAK (strength, work, torsional moment, am, roll, pulley, ...)
- BACK & FORTH (thread pendulum, spring vibration, resonance, travelling and standing waves. ...)
- ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT (energy conversion, solar technology, heat, motors, generators, ...)
- WIND & WEATHER (current, buoyancy and drift, aerodynamic resistance, wind turbine, flying, ...)
- THINKING & TOSS (puzzles, riddles, suggestions, proving, ...)
- ABSTRACT & CONCRETE (soap-bubbles, gambling, bridges, hyperboles, catenaries, cycloids, ...)
- ADVENTURER INFORMATICS (binary magic, monkey puzzles, sorting, searching, coding, ...)
At each station, you will find instructions to help visitors at the experimental stations.
"What can you do?" "What should be done?" And "Why is this so?" These are the three questions to be answered at the stations. These instructions and simple explanations, but also numerous further leading references, images, graphics, tips, and tricks can be found in the catalogue.
A tip for the leaders of school groups
If you don’t have any specific work plans for your learning group, why don’t you try the following?
Let the children or young people choose two or three experimental stations, which then become the subject of a small written report. Specific questions could be:
- Why have you chosen this experimental station?
- Describe the station (sketch) and explain what to do.
- What could you learn at this station?
- Can you explain the experimental result?
The sequence of a visit to the Science Centre
We ask the escorts to collect the entrance fees for the whole group in advance.
You can pay by cash or by debit or credit card at the cash desk. Upon request, a receipt with address can be issued.
Your group will be welcomed by a guide of the Science Centre and a brief introduction will be given. As a rule, the self-experimentation is demonstrated on an experimental station.
For groups with younger children (kindergarten and elementary school), it is recommended that carers go with their group from area to area in the house. Older students and young people may explore the EXPERIMINTA alone or even better in small groups. They can start anywhere and and continue as they wish.
For questions and further explanations, our Mintors (guides) can be consulted at any time.
The experimental stations offer "natural science and mathematics to touch". But please make sure that your children and teenagers are careful with the stations. In this regard the presence of the escorts throughout the group visit is therefore important.