Question, investigate, find the answer yourself

Eight laboratories. A test kitchen. Endless possibilities. Hands-on science. Do it yourself. Try it out. Discover the joy of investigation.

QUESTION, INVESTIGATE, FIND THE ANSWER YOURSELF

Eight laboratories. A test kitchen. Endless possibilities. Hands-on science. Do it yourself. Try it out. Discover the joy of investigation.

QUESTION, INVESTIGATE, FIND THE ANSWER YOURSELF

Eight laboratories. A test kitchen. Endless possibilities. Hands-on science. Do it yourself. Try it out. Discover the joy of investigation.

Learning

Why does a ball always fall to the ground? What are gummy bears made of? And how do you track down the culprit with DNA analysis? Find out – in our eight laboratories and our experimental kitchen.

School classes and kindergarten groups can immerse themselves in the world of science and do their own research in over 60 different courses under expert guidance. The courses cover many topics of the Baden-Württemberg education plans.

How does it work? Explore it yourself in our courses.

The best learning is through doing something yourself. That’s why exciting experiments are central in our eight laboratories and our test kitchen. In over 2,500 square meters, kindergarten groups and school classes will find everything they need.

Kindergarten

Offers for 4-6 years

What is magnetic? How does a plant drink water? The courses for kindergarten and preschool children focus on the children’s everyday lives. There they can playfully explore how the world functions.

Primary school

Offers for class 1-4

Children want to get to know the world. In our courses for grades 1 to 4 they can get to the bottom of things. There they can make salt crystals, for example, or research the sense of taste.

Secondary level I

Offers for class 5-10

From virus detection to the study of global warming: for the secondary school level I, we offer several different laboratory courses. In all of them the focus is on experiencing, understanding, and researching.

Secondary level II

Course level offers

Courses for the secondary school level II address more advanced subjects in the natural sciences. For example, young people research how to produce aspirin or how a CT functions.

Visitor service

We are happy to help you personally with your planning and questions.

Would you like help planning your visit? Do you have questions about our offerings or neeed help booking your tickets? Contact us – by phone or email. Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We are happy to help!

Insight into the course labs

Student Research Center

In the sfz Student Research Centre there are eight well-equipped laboratories. There students can realize their own ideas – even long-term projects.

They are supported by experimenta’s course leaders, delegated educators, and student teachers.

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Offerings for educators

We want to support educators in their work.

That is why we have put together separate offerings for them that range from getting to know experimenta on their own to a day at experimenta together with their colleagues.

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Creative competitions
for talented young STEM students

Who can build the fastest vehicle? Whose research project in chemistry or biology is the most impressive? experimenta hosts various competitions in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). Children and teens can experiment here with like-minded STEM enthusiasts and put their ideas into practice.

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Jugend forscht
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We support and encourage scientific curiosity! experimenta together with the natec Landesverband of Baden-Württemberg for youth education in natural science and technology is one of the institutions that sponsors the state’s Jugend forscht science competition. This competition gives talented young science enthusiasts in Baden-Württemberg an ideal platform on which to present their research projects to a jury of experts. The winners of the regional contest qualify for the competition’s state finals which takes place annually in March. The winner of the state level goes on to the federal contest. In 2024, the national finals will take place at experimenta from May 30 to June 2.

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First Lego League
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The First Lego League (FLL) is a global research and robotics competition for teams. Children and young people design, build and program a fully automatic Lego robot that must master brainteasing missions within a robot game. The teams also develop solutions to a real-world problem. Fundamental values such as inventiveness or teamwork are also rated. The FLL Regional Competition Heilbronn takes place in January at experimenta. There are two categories: FLL Explore for children ages 6 to 10 and the FLL Challenge for youth between the ages of 9 and 16. Both competitions provide exciting insights into the world of robotics, science, and the colorful bricks.

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Solar vehicle building competition
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During the annual solar vehicle building competition, youth immerse themselves in the world of technology in a playful way. experimenta supplies a drive set to be used in the building of the vehicle (free-of-charge, email orders accepted starting in January). The set includes a solar cell, an electric motor, a pinion, and a gear. It is then that creativity and inventive talent are called for. On the day of the competition, the teams meet  at a racetrack with the solar vehicles they have designed and built themselves. The team with the fastest vehicle wins. There is also a creativity prize for the most unusual design as well as a technology prize for the best design. Participation is open to children in grades 5 to 10.