MaxiLab

Put on the protective glasses and the lab coat and off you go right into the middle of the natural sciences!

Under the guidance of a teacher and with the help of pupils from the adjoining Freiherr-vom-Stein-Gymnasium (German secondary school) or the Elisabeth-Lüders-Berufskolleg (vocational college), pupils undertake experiments in chemistry or physics. In three to four small groups and without any time pressure, you will learn that the natural sciences become exciting through practical experiments. In this way, the hands-on and experimental laboratory maxilab lures the participants into an interesting and exciting world.

This is an impulse to take a fun approach to scientific questions beyond the normal school routine.

maxilab – A laboratory for school children in the Maxipark! Why? 

No interest in chemistry and physics? But natural sciences are fun! In the maxilab, we will arouse your curiosity about fascinating phenomena. Whether you go up in the air or create your own perfume – there are many ways to discover scientific contexts.

Every day in the media, we hear how important it is to inspire children at an early age and promote understanding. They report on intelligent materials and technical innovations but also on the general shortage of skilled workers.

That’s where we come in. Where, if not in the popular Glass Elephant of Maximilian Park, can children have fun experimenting and discovering the wonders of technology? This is how the foundation stone is laid at an early stage to whet the appetite – for chemistry or physics!

Natural sciences have a future!

It is impossible to imagine our everyday life without natural sciences and they can be found everywhere. They play a key role in our future. Whether we are looking at coloured building blocks or artificial hip joints, modern media, traffic planning or a tsunami early warning system, bionics or nanoscience’s – the aim is to develop a “feeling” for scientific topics.

Discovering fire water air I

Give it a try:

  • that air is not made of nothing
  • what does fire needs to burn
  • why pond skaters can walk on water

Learn:

  • Discover the properties of water, air, heat and the cold in experiments
  • Use tools and materials properly

Suitable for kindergarten

This program can also be booked “on tour” on Wednesdays for kindergartens in Hamm. We’ll bring the laboratory to your institution. For kindergartens in the local vacinity upon request. (€5.00 per child, minimum €50).

Kindergarten

max. 20 children

about 2 hours

the whole year

2,- € per child plus park entrance fee

Discovering fire water air II

Give it a try:

  • how are air cushion vehicles set in motion
  • steel that burns
  • how a candle can power a boat

Learn:

  • to collect and document forms of energy conversion
  • Examine the visible material changes of animate and inanimate nature and describe the results (states of aggregates, conversion of materials during combustion)
  • carry out experiments and evaluate results
  • Use tools and materials properly

1st to 4th school year

max. 30 children

about 2 hours

the whole year

minimum €50 plus park entrance fee

Lemon Researcher

Give it a try:

  • How are perfumes produced?
  • Learn how electric motors are driven
  • how liquids are coloured

Learn:

  • Compare materials and their properties and describe similarities and differences
  • collect and document forms of energy conversion
  • Examine and describe the importance of one’s own senses in everyday situations
  • carry out experiments and evaluate the results
  • Use tools and materials properly

2th to 5th school years

max. 30 children

about 2 hours

the whole year

minimum €50 plus park entrance fee

Energy researcher

Give it a try:

  • what is a parallel connection and what is a series connection
  • why light bulbs light up
  • how can we turn the sun into electricity (solar energy)
  • how can we turn wind into electricity (wind energy)

Learn:

  • to compare materials and their properties, describe similarities and differences
  • to collect and document forms of energy conversion
  • to create, describe, explain and observe models for a current circuit
  • carry out tests and evaluate results

2nd to 4th school year

max. 30 children

about 2 hours

the whole year

minimum €50 plus park entrance fee

Milk and quark researcher

Give it a try:

  • how is casein paint made from Quark?
  • how different types of milk are distinguished by their fat content
  • how milk can be turned into plastic

Learn:

  • to compare materials and their properties, describe similarities and differences
  • examine visible material changes of animate and inanimate nature and describe the results
  • carry out experiments and evaluate results
  • use tools and materials properly
  • examine and describe the importance of one’s own senses in everyday situations

3rd to 5th school year

max. 30 children

ca. 2 hours

the whole year

minimum €50 plus park entrance fee

Renewable energies

Give it a try:

  • how calorific value, flash point and viscosity are determined
  • how upwind power plants work
  • how electrolysis and fuel cells work
  • how biofuels are obtained

Learn:

  • to identify energetic material characteristics and determine them experimentally
  • make independent assessments of the test results
  • describe energy and material conversion from solar energy to electricity from the fuel cell
  • exploit possibilities for energy storage
  • handle laboratory equipment and materials in a professional manner

Duration: 4 hours, 9 am to 1 pm

No costs occur for the 8th and 9th school years. The event is financed by the zdi-Center Hamm.

8th to 9th school year

max. 30 children

about 4 hours

the whole year

minimum €50 plus park entrance fee

Environmental Alert

Give it a try:

  • Dye alert: How dyes are analysed and bound together for disposal
  • oil alarm: How to remove oil from water so that it is clean afterwards
  • Acid alert: Learn how acids can be made safe

Learn:

  • Applying chemical analyses and methods for environmental protection
  • Become a researcher by using experiments and develop solutions to the problem that are posed
  • Use experiments to deduce a recommendation and present it in a plenary session importance of chemical facts for everyday life and specialist technology
  • using laboratory equipment and materials in a professional way

Duration: 4 hours, 9 am to 1 pm

No costs occur for school children in classes 8 and 9. The event is financed by the zdi-Center Hamm.

8th to 9th school year

max. 30 children

about 2 hours

the whole year

minimum €50 plus park entrance fee

Further Training for teachers

As part of the Hammer Competence Team, we offer advanced training courses for colleagues or part-time colleagues from different types of schools. The focus is on trying out the experiments yourself.

about 2 hours

the whole year

Maxilab on tour!

Wednesdays, the Maxilab is “on tour” and the program FIRE – WATER – AIR – DISCOVERER I can be booked by kindergartens for 11.00 am or 2.00 pm. For organizational reasons, the “maxilab on tour” team of experts can only be booked by kindergartens in the city area of Hamm at the moment. All other groups can take advantage of the programme at the Maxipark and combine the excursion to the park with a visit to the playgrounds.

Please call +49(0)2381 / 98210 for available appointments.

from 8 years of age

max. 20 children

about 1,5 hours

the whole year

minimum €50 plus park entrance fee

Maxilab for families

We offer activities for parents with children or grandparents with grandchildren. Current dates can be found in our half-yearly programme or just call us: +49(0)2381/98210-32. The next date is planned for autumn 2017. Many exciting experiments are waiting for you!

 

from 8 years of age

max. 20 children

about 2 hours

minimum €50 plus park entrance fee

with the kind support of:

Sponsors and Supporters

Unternehmensverband Westfalen-Mitte e.V., Wirtschaftsförderung Hamm, FINKTEC GmbH, Hesse GmbH & Co. KG, Dr. Nüsken Chemie GmbH, Stadtwerke Hamm, Sparkasse Hamm, Griebsch & Rochol Druck GmbH, Westfälischer Anzeiger, PCI Augsburg GmbH, Heinrich Klostermann GmbH & Co. KG

Our scientific partners:

The teutolab of the University of Bielefeld was a committed pioneer and, at the beginning of 2000, it successfully established one of the first laboratories in Germany for school children. In cooperation with the teutolab, the maxilab was established as an additional educational activity in the Maxipark. During the first few years, over 6,000 school children have already taken part in maxilab activities.

The maxilab is also a partner of the joint initiative to promote young scientists and technicians in North Rhine-Westphalia, in short: zdi – Zukunft durch Innovation.NRW (future through innovation.NRW), and is part of an extensive range of regional activities.

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Maximilianpark Hamm GmbH
Markus Maul
Green Classroom
Alter Grenzweg 2
59071 Hamm

02381 98210-24maul@maximilianpark.de

Our office is open on Monday and Thursday at the following times:

from 14:00 to 17:00 

 

Maximilianpark Hamm GmbH
Vera Niehues
Secretariat
Alter Grenzweg 2
59071 Hamm

02381 98210-33info@maximilianpark.de