Lessons in the museum

We offer a wide range of museum lessons, intended for kindergarten- and school-aged children. The lessons can supplement school curriculum in science, physics, chemistry, geography, and history.


5-6 YEARS OLD

The world of colours
During the lesson, children will discover the secrets of light and colours. They will learn how a rainbow originates and check what happens with light passing through a prism. They will assemble a rainbow and we will make sure that the order of colours will never pose a problem again. We will play with colour mixing. In the end, each participant will make a top with a colourful disk and perform an experiment.
Duration ca. 45 min.

The world of sounds
Workshop allowing the children to get acquainted with the concept of sound. They will learn what sound is, how it propagates and how we hear it. We will make various items vibrate and try to create Chladni figures. We will easily make instruments and play simple melodies, even not knowing notes.
Duration ca. 45 - 60 min.

The world of water
During the lesson we will try to learn why water is so unique and where we can find it. Children will pour water, mix it, taste it and learn its properties. They will learn about its physical states and its circulation in nature.
Duration ca. 45 min.

The world of shadows
During the lesson, children will get acquainted with the prankster shadow and its cousin, partial shade. They will check how shadows of various items change. We will play shadow riddles. Using shadow and partial shade, we will put a chicken inside an egg. In the grand finale, we will stage a performance in a shadow theatre.
Duration ca. 45-60 min.


The world of mirror reflections
In the land of mirrors things are not what they appear to be. During the lesson we will find out why we see image in a mirror. Performing experiments on our own, we will learn about symmetry. We will look at ourselves in a distorted mirror and build a mirror chamber.
Duration ca. 45 min.



7-9 YEARS OLD

A meeting with Bromba on measurement
We invite you for a journey inside Bromba's bag, where various interesting things for measurement await us. We will try to classify them in accordance with their use. We will answer the questions: how old the metre is and what existed before it, how many palms fit in a foot, and how to buy trousers in the right size.
Duration ca. 45-60 min.

A meeting with Bromba on weighing
This time we will investigate weighing with Bromba. Do we weigh the same always and everywhere? What does a scale really show? We will learn about various kinds of scales and their usage. And, of course, we will weigh a little "brother".
Duration ca. 45-60 min.

In a historic printing house
While visiting the exhibition, the participants will learn about the origins of printing and the achievements of Johannes Gutenberg, They will see how the first printed books were made and later will create their own book, containing the most important information from the lesson (hand-decorated initial, pages printed with a printing press).
Duration ca. 60 min.

Playing with a tornado in a bottle
The lesson includes a workshop and a lecture. We will tell where the whirlwinds, tornadoes, cyclones and whirlpools come from. We will learn why roofs are torn off during a storm and how the smoke in a chimney rotates.
Workshop duration 45 min.

Discovering the Solar System
The lesson includes a workshop and a lecture. During the lesson presentations and simple experiments are performed, allowing the participant to learn e.g. why we have day and night on Earth, how craters on the Moon were created, what the Earth's atmosphere is. It will be possible to build an innocuously exploding volcano on one's own.
Duration 45 min.

Follow the current through the shed
The workshops reveal the possibility of constructing a simple yet creative electric quiz. Together, we will discover the history of the former tramway and bus shed. Working in groups, we will think up questions based on the newly acquired knowledge. We will create a quiz and build an electric circuit checking the right answers.
Duration 45 min.


10-12 YEARS OLD

Why aeroplanes fly?
The lesson has the form of a display with a workshop. During the workshop, experiments will be conducted with an aeroplane wing profile to determine how the lift force is obtained.
In the second part of the workshop we will learn why hurricanes tear roofs off, why trees are pulled complete with roots and what it has to do with air pressure changes.
Duration 45 min.

Black or red tomatoes?
The lesson has the form of a workshop. How does our eye see? Do we all see in the same way? During the workshop we will see how colourful light changes appearance of items. We will also learn how shadow originates and whether it is always black.
Duration 45 min.

From a fire to a light tube
The lesson has the form of a workshop. Watching a presentation, we will learn how our great-grandmothers lightened their homes. Then the pupils, working in groups, will build electric circuits. Various kinds of light bulbs will be connected to the circuits. Using a temperature-sensitive liquid crystal foil, we will find out which light bulb enables energy saving.
Duration 45 min.

Magic in the kitchen?
During the workshop we will conduct experiments with various products we can find in a kitchen. We will learn how to make an egg fit in a bottle with a narrow neck. We will check the colour of red cabbage juice and find out what yeast like. In the end we will make an innocuous volcano, using home supplies.
Duration 45 min.



10-12 YEARS OLD

What is DNA?
Genes, through DNA, determine our eye colour, height, mathematical skills and many other traits.
During the lesson the participants will prepare a specimen on their own, from which, in accordance with instructions, they will isolate molecules of deoxyribonucleic acid – for short, DNA.
Duration 45 min.

Handmaking paper
The lesson includes a workshop and a lecture. During the workshop, students make paper on their own. They get acquainted with various writing techniques – e.g. writing with a quill, a Chinese bamboo stylus, and a nib in a penholder. They learn about writing media evolution over the centuries.
Duration 45-60 min.
 
A bit of optics: from a looking glass to a projector
During the workshop we will experiment with a looking glass, learn how image is created in the human eye, learn about projector construction and make slides from previously prepared materials.
Duration 45 min.

Soap bubbles – surface tension in operation
Lessons conducted from April to October. During the lessons the participants learn about the phenomenon of water surface tension, applications of its changes (cleaning agents), the phenomenon of capillarity. In the final part of the lesson the participants make giant soap bubbles.
Duration: 45 min.


 
13-15 YEARS OLD

Building a hovercraft
The lesson has the form of a workshop. During the lesson the participants will learn about the following concepts: pressure, friction, inertia. The students will build one-person hovercraft.
Duration 45 min.

Home cinema
During the workshops we will discuss some of the first ways to create impression of a moving picture. We will learn about thaumatrope, phenakistoscope, and zoetrope.
We will see the operation of flipbook, with a sequence of motionless pictures appearing to move.
Duration 45 min.

Light spectrum
Is light really white? We will check it, building on our own a simple model of spectroscope which can be taken home. During the workshop you will find out how the light spectra emitted by a light bulb, a light tube and the Sun look like. Watching the presentation and experimenting ourselves we will learn about the concepts of light diffraction and interference.



16-18 YEAR OLD

Everyday physics - microwave oven
During the lesson we will learn what the scientists use a microwave oven for. Watching a short presentation, we will learn about the history and design of microwave oven. Using raisins and chocolate we will perform an experiment that will allow us to calculate the speed of light. We will check the effect of microwaves on items and substances.
Duration 45 min.

Everyday phycics - landline phone
Experimenting together, we learn about the construction and operating principle of an analogue landline telephone. We will learn how microphone and speaker are built, what sound is and how it can be sent. Using the acquired knowledge, we will build a simple telephone and test its operation.
Duration 45 min.