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Swiss Science Center Technorama – An interactive playground for the senses “To see visitors gape in astonishment and repeat an experiment, their curiosity piqued, as something unexpected has happened, the result has surprised or fascinated them and they want to share it with others – that is the best thing about my job,” says Dr. Barbara Neff, exhibition manager at Technorama. TEXT: JULIKA HUETHER I PHOTOS: BEAT MAERKI, SWISS SCIENCE CENTER TECHNORAMA
Swiss Science Center Technorama in Zurich is one of the biggest and most renowned science centres in the world. It offers 250,000 visitors a year hands-on experience at 500 different experiments representing natural phenomena, which can be discovered autonomously. Chemistry, biology and physics laboratories exploring topics such as ‘The Dark Side of Light’ and ‘Genetic Fingerprint – CSI’ help understand more complex issues. The interactive nature of Technorama means that visitors gain experience-based knowledge rather than just factual knowledge, the best prerequisite to understand-
ing science, engineering, and nature itself. “Last week two elderly gentlemen, unbeknown to each other, were pouring over the ‘turntable’, trying to let objects circle for as long as possible. Laughingly, they ignored their grandchildren, who were telling them that Technorama was closing,” recalls Neff. But having fun is not exclusive to visitors. “When new exhibits are being developed, often with the help of an artist, we all test them together, from workshop staff and scientists to the director, and let ourselves be mesmerised by the results,” says Neff. The upcoming exhibition on air, this
Top: Air Levistor, photo by Beat Märki, 2016. Courtesy Swiss Science Center Technorama © ’ Bottom: Air Magic Carpet, photo by Beat Märki, 2016. Courtesy Swiss Science Center Technorama ©
invisible yet all-present phenomenon, will add 45 new exhibits and various experiments from Easter 2016, and many more exciting additions are yet to come. www.technorama.ch
Air – is not just nothing The breathtaking temporary exhibition in Technorama Winterthur
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