Welcome to Kiel Science Factory
Wondering. Experimenting. Trying.
Where learning is fun!
About the student laboratory
Kiel Science Factory (Kieler Forschungswerkstatt) is a joint institution of Kiel University (CAU) and the Leibniz-Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN). In the thematic laboratories, pupils, teachers and student teachers deal with scientific questions from the marine and nano-sciences. They learn more about the social aspects of energy, gain access to current topics from human medicine and biological research or learn why soil is more than just dirt. The humanities offer programs in the field of language, historical-political and theological topics.
Promoting young people’s interest in science
The work of Kiel Science Factory is based on four pillars. Its broad range of courses is intended to promote young people’s interest in science in general and the MINT subjects in particular. In addition, top-level support, teacher training and further education as well as the communication of scientific content to society are provided.
Teacher training and public outreach
By beeing actively involved in the laboratory programmes, students of teaching professions, for example, get to know the practical work with school groups at an early stage. In addition, further training courses for teachers are offered to carry questions and results of Kiel University’s priority research areas into the schools. With participation in events such as Kieler Woche or the European Researchers Night, as well as Citzen Science projects such as the annual Coastal Cleanup Day, the Kieler Forschungswerkstatt appeals to the general public.
The thematic laboratories
The click!:lab (klick!:labor) adresses the question where we come into contact with nanotechnology in everyday life. To do so, pupils are exploring the nanoworld with an atomic force microscope, for example. They also investigate chemical switches, produce silver nanoparticles or learn more about the opportunities and risks of using nanoparticles in everyday products.
Energy-related questions and perspectives are dealt with in the energy:lab (energie: labor). At experimental and model-based stations the boys and girls work out basic aspects of the energy concept. In addition, they learn about the importance of these aspects within the various scientific disciplines as well as in society.
In the geo:lab (geo:labor), students from grade 5 to 13 are working on current issues relating to soil, crop plants, climate zones and the site adaptation of plants. They also look at the changes in habitats caused by humans, for example during expedition learning at the Baltic Sea. In the afternoons and holidays students can work on their own scientific projects.
School classes in the life:lab (life:labor) have access to current topics from human medicine and biological research. They experience, for example, what influence epigenetics has on life. The laboratory visit also enables the young people to get to know and to experience working methods of the disciplines.
The ocean:lab (ozean:labor) adresses topics such as the pollution of the seas and oceans by plastic waste or noise and the effects of climate change. Students gain insights into marine sciences and the working methods of researchers. Citizen science projects as well as for example exciting afternoon and holiday activities within the EU-funded project Marine Mammals complete the offer.
In the religion:lab (reli:labor), middle and high school students get to know current and innovative approaches from different areas of theology. These are discussed on the basis of existential topics such as trust or freedom. On the day of their visit, the young people come into contact with religious traditions. However, the offers are openly designed in terms of ideology.
School classes of levels 5 to 13 explore linguistic forms and their functions as well as the social use of language(s) in the language:workshop (sprach:werk). The offer of the humanities laboratory covers numerous topics and questions. For example, the boys and girls deal with language change, the function of word classes or spelling and with medieval manuscripts.
The time:workshop (zeit:werk) promotes the discussion of historical-political topics. Intermediate school classes enhance their competences in the field of historical fact-checking in an exciting way. At the same time, the boys and girls will gain thematic insights into the historical sciences and the working methods of humanities scholars.