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

How do you program a robot? How are gummy bears made? And how does a DNA analysis help to track down a perpetrator? Find out – in our eight well-equipped laboratories and our test kitchen. There you’ll find everything you need to find the answers. Under expert guidance, school classes and kindergarten and preschool groups can immerse themselves in the world of science and engage in research themselves in over 60 different courses. The courses cover many subjects that are part of the Baden-Wuerttemberg school curriculum. There is much here for adults to discover, too – for example in our test kitchen they can experience the mysteries of molecular gastronomy.

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 and preschool groups, school classes, and groups find out for themselves how things work.

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.

Discover more

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.

SciDay

Science for all – simply explained
SciDay is a series of scientific lectures for anyone 14 and older. The changing themes are varied and range from astronomy to biology, chemistry, and physics, up to computer science. For these we regularly invite experts from renowned universities and research institutions. Audience members can experience a university lecture live for themselves. If there are questions after the roughly hour-long lectures, at the end audience members can exchange ideas with the speakers about current research projects, choice of a field of study, and life as a scientist.

Creative competition
for young STEM talents

Developing ideas, doing research in a team, and competing against others: experimenta makes many STEM competitions possible for children and teens. The range extends from Lego robots programmed by the students themselves to research projects in the laboratory.

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National competition by Jugend forscht
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The annual national competition by Jugend Forscht is a large and important stage for young STEM talents. There, the winners of the Jugend Forscht state competitions meet. For participants the competition is an outstanding chance to present their ideas to a wider public and a specialist jury. They can also quickly forge contacts with kindred spirits.
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First Lego League
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The First Lego League (FLL) is an annual research and robot competition for teams held around the world. Children and teens plan, program, and test a fully automated Lego robot that must master tricky missions in the Robot Game. The teams also research solutions to a real-life problem. The FLL regional competition Heilbronn is held every winter at experimenta. It is run in two age groups: 6 to 10 years and 9 to 16 years. Both competitions offer exciting glimpses into the world of robotics, science, and the familiar colored blocks.
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State competition Jugend Forscht
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We promote scientific curiosity! Together with the natec Landesverband , experimenta is partner institution for the state competition Jugend Forscht Baden-Württemberg. It offers young scientists an ideal platform to present their ideas and receive professional feedback. The competition takes place annually, the participants are the winners from the prior regional rounds. Those who prevail in the state competition qualify for the national competition.
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Solar-vehicle-building competition
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At the annual solar-vehicle-building competition, teens playfully immerse themselves in the world of technology. They are given a free propulsion set from experimenta (to be ordered by email beginning in January). The set contains a solar cell, an electric motor, a pinion, and a gear. On the day of the competition the teams meet at a racetrack with their hand-built solar vehicles. The team with the fastest construction wins. There is also a creativity prize for the most unusual vehicle. Participation is open to teens from grades 5 to 10.