Klosterlechfeld: From the marble track to the compass needle: children discover the world of physics

After two weeks of use, the “mini-phenomenon” says goodbye to Von Imhof Elementary School. Children enthusiastically present the basics of technology to their loved ones.

Basic physical concepts in mechanics, acoustics, optics or knowledge about magnetic fields in primary school? If it’s age appropriate, no problem. The school family of Von Imhof Elementary School could see it with their own eyes.

For two weeks, the discovery exhibition “Minipänomenta” transformed the school building into a research laboratory suitable for children. The last day of the exhibition was celebrated as part of the school festival, children could show their relatives about 50 experimental stations and together with them discover numerous basics of physics. The idea of ​​”Minipänomenty” refers to the work of prof. dr. Lutz Fiesser back. He is considered the founder of the first German research center Phenomenon in Flensburg.

A fun discovery in Klosterlechfeld

“When I walk over it, the arrows rotate or point in one direction,” says seven-year-old Philipp, confidently showing the operation of the magnet on about 100 of his mother’s compass needles. “This is exactly what we want to achieve. Playful exploration without specification makes the learning process much easier, “explained Eva Hinterhuber, project manager of mini-phenomena in Bavaria, which is supported by the” Technology – Future in Bavaria 4.0 in the Bavarian Business Education Institute “. Motto” Amaze together – research for yourself – understand for yourself ” describes the approach and presentation of the experiments, she said.

Nine-year-old Mailow rang through meter-long hoses.

Photo: Uwe Bolten

Requirements such as free access, no station signage, and a teaching staff standing in the background would be important for the joy of discovery. The traveling exhibition celebrated its 15th anniversary with an event in Klosterlechfeld. This is proof of acceptance of this form of learning and a way to get kids excited about technology, explained Hinterhuber.

Favorite tilted plane experiment

After the obligatory speeches and a round of talks that the gathered children did not like, it was finally time to experiment again. Theo, 9, and Gabriel, 10, showed the school family their favorite experiment with the tilted plane that serves as the basis for the ball track. “We wanted to see the ball roll the slowest. Then we changed paths, ”described this approach by young researchers. The result was rewarded by a large audience with strong applause.

Selina, 10, shows her mother a weight loss experiment in water.

Photo: Uwe Bolten

Then the children stayed with their relatives at the stations throughout the school building. Telephones were made over the pipelines, sounds were made through glasses, balls seemed to roll uphill, weight loss in water was weighed, pendulum movements on the strings were compared, or sounds were made from tubes of different lengths. Director Ulrike Nett announced how long it took to bring the Minipänomenta to Klosterlechfeld. “We applied for this project in 2014, and we received the contract in 2019. Due to the limitations caused by the pandemic, the project had to be postponed twice, ”she recalled. Another intermediate goal was a two-day training for the teaching staff in Nuremberg, and the teacher briefing on the Sunday before opening marked the end of the preparations.

The passion for discovery should live on

It shouldn’t remain a one-time event. “We are looking for parents who would help us recreate some of the experiments so that we can continue to live our passion for discovery in Von Imhof Elementary School,” said the principal.

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