Children’s science workshop at NOI Techpark

Freezing flowers at minus 200°C, lighting a bulb using sawdust or building a robot – these are just some of the fascinating experiments that children and their parents can turn their hands to at miniNOI, the science workshop launching at NOI Techpark on 22 September. The project was presented to the public at a press conference held at NOI Techpark on 20 September.

Designed particularly with six- to twelve-year-olds in mind, the initiative is aiming to make innovation and science more accessible to children by presenting complex topics in a clear and simple way.

“miniNOI is an investment in the future of South Tyrol,” explains Ulrich Stofner, Director of Business Location Südtirol (BLS) and Head of the Department for Innovation and Research. “By helping children and their parents to discover the world of science, miniNOI will give the youngest generation an insight at an early age into what it would be like to work in the fields of innovation and research.” Stofner is very grateful to the research partners at NOI Techpark for their support in making the project possible: From September to February, Eurac Research, the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Fraunhofer Italia, KlimaHaus-Agentur (ClimateHouse Agency) and the Laimburg Research Centre are opening their doors and labs to visitors and making their researchers and staff available to assist with the project.

“Far from being a foreign concept, science plays an important role in children’s everyday lives and experiences. What’s more, children have the most important quality of a researcher in abundance: curiosity,” says Elisa Weiss, Project Manager of miniNOI. “Anyone who has had the chance to come into contact with science and research as a child is much more likely to have an open-minded approach to these fields as an adult and might even be interested in forging a career in them,” she adds.

To ensure that both children and their parents find miniNOI equally as fun and entertaining, the project developers consulted science communication experts from Pleiadi, who had already designed similar programs to miniNOI for the Expo in Milan and other major events. The miniNOI initiative is the perfect complement to existing formats such as the Long Night of Research organised by Eurac Research, the University of Bozen-Bolzano and IDM Südtirol.

miniNOI gives families the opportunity to conduct experiments together, to tinker around with science and to look over researchers’ shoulders as they work in their labs.

Children and their parents can find out more about miniNOI at www.noi.bz.it/mininoi. The person to contact for the project is Elisa Weiss, T +39 0471 094 259, elisa.weiss@idm-suedtirol.com.

miniNOI starts on 22 September 2018 and is held every Saturday with the exception of 3 November and the Christmas period.

 

Children’s science workshop at NOI Techpark