How to learn science in a fun and easy way

Interactive science park Aurelium opened in Bratislava.

(Source: Dano Veselský, TASR)

A glossary of words as well as exercise related to this article are also published online.

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

This quote from Albert Einstein became the motto of the adventure centre of science Aurelium, which opened in Bratislava in 2016.

The main idea of the centre is the popularisation of science so that everyone will learn something new and gain new experience and knowledge. The centre is a combination of school, museum and entertainment park, as stated on their website.

The name Aurelium origins from the first name of Aurel Stodola, a Slovak physician, technician and inventor of steam and gas turbines. He was a professor of Albert Einstein.

Exhibits in the centre are divided into seven categories: human, renewable resources and ecology; electricity, magnetism and communication technologies; chemistry and matter; mathematics and basic physical phenomena; mechanics, thermic and engineering; robotics and automation; light technique, oscillation, light and optics.

Every exposition offers several exhibits; in all Aurelium has about 50 different pieces to demonstrate various aspects of scientific knowledge. Most of them are interactive. Moreover, helpers are present to explain the principle of the experiment, if necessary. Part of the centre is also a 3D cinema. Admission is free.

Even though scientific adventure centres are popular in the Czech Republic, in Slovakia Aurelium belongs among the first ones. A similar centre is in Košice, Creative Steel Park.

The Spectator College is a programme designed to support the study and teaching of English in Slovakia, as well as to inspire interest in important public issues among young people. The project was created by The Slovak Spectator in cooperation with their exclusive partner – the Leaf Academy.

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