- The opening -
The Science Center finally opened its doors on November 14, 2009. The date marks the beginning of a special success story under the motto "entdecken erleben erkennen" [discover experience understand]. On the 7,500 m² (~81,000 ft²) of exhibition space, theme worlds, "talent factories", special exhibitions and the "akademie junger forscher" [young scientists’ academy] were a way of discovering and better understanding the natural sciences and technology through experimentation. The theme worlds covered four areas with a total of 150 interactive exhibitions: Energy & the Environment (Power Station), Technology & Innovation (Workshop), Man & Communication (Network), Man & Recreation (Structured Play). In the "talent factories" from the "Car Factory" to the "Film Factory" and "Word Factory", visitors were able to delve deeper into their interests and to discover their talents. In the "akademie junger forscher", five labs and ateliers specially equipped for the respective age groups gave students of all ages opportunities to conduct experiments under competent instruction.