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Fun With Science

Opened in September 2010, the Science Centre Delft was established to serve the public and it showcases projects by students and faculty at TU Delft. They aim to make learning about science fun and interesting.

During the May school holidays, the Science Centre will be offering some special workshops to the public.  The first workshop is about Solar Health and participants will be able to make their own “insect” that moves on solar energy. The project involves using a solar cell and engine vibration to make the insect walk in sunlight.

Liesbeth van Hees, Senior Education employee at the Science Centre, organizes the workshops along with Ilse Kroesen, a TU Delft Industrial Design graduate. They focus on topics connected to TU Delft fields. “The goal,” van Hees says, “is try to ‘do’ first and then have a little bit of fun mixed in.” She adds “We try to give the opportunity to make something that people can take home with them.”

The education department organizes workshops for school groups, school holidays and even private birthday parties. Workshops are run by TU Delft students and Dutch or English speakers are welcome to attend.

This workshop will run from April 27 to May 5. There are 3 sessions per day being offered beginning at 11:30, 13:30 and 15:00. All ages are welcome to participate in the workshop, but space is limited to 15 people each session. Advance registration is not offered, so you will need to sign up at the desk the day of the event on a first come, first served basis. The cost of the workshop is only €3 per person, but you must also pay the museum entrance fee. TU Delft students and staff gain free entrance with ID, as do holders of the Museumkaart, Delftpas and Rotterdampas.

There are two other workshops being offered during the school holidays. From April 27-29, children will have the opportunity to build a “Throne of Willem-Alexander”. Using popsicle sticks and other materials, participants will construct a chair to resemble a throne. In addition, from April 29 to May 5 the Science Centre will be offering a very popular workshop about Styrofoam cutting. Participants will learn how to cut different shapes out of Styrofoam, turning a 2D piece into 3D.

For more information on these workshops and the TU Delft Science Centre visit www.sciencecentre.tudelft.nl.

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