Every day we experience countless wonders of science and nature. We use technical innovations, brought to us by physics, chemistry and other scientific disciplines, day by day. But do we know how these things and the world around us really works? Agora Science Centre explains the wonders of our everyday life in a way how everyone can enjoy and understand.
What does Agora offer?
The centre is a new attraction in the life of the region; it offers exciting adventures and lifelong experience to all age-groups. Play and entertainment are combined with learning in Agora; children and adults may get acquainted with special instruments, scientific curiosities and may be part of unique and spectacular experiments. In the laboratories of the three-storey modern building the visitors can gain insight to the miracles of physics, chemistry, biomedics, hydrobiology, botany and robotics, but also can examine the phenomena of the sky in the observatory.
Visitors may try more than forty scientific games and instruments in the interactive space; they can meet Heki, the dog of Professor Öveges, solve the secrets of several illusions, try their reflexes or find their way out in the seemingly endless Mirror-labyrinth.
We offer interesting lectures, film screenings and other colourful programmes in Agora; one may always learn something new at us. The centre is a huge colourful classroom; we give space for school groups’ special classes and experiments to turn learning into experience. The most curious young ones can unfold their talent in Agora Club.
Agora is a constantly renewing interactive, cultural and scientific centre where we not only aim to popularize natural sciences but also to establish a creative scientific community, as well as to give chance for innovative national and international companies to present their developments and results.
Agora Science Center’s main goal is to spark interest in science at an early age and to build a strong foundation for higher education. Our job is to utilize the practical side of science with a hands-on approach.
For us, it is vital to team up with like-minded institutions and companies and to establish a synergistic collaboration. We hereby thank the continuous support of our partners, namely the University of Debrecen, University of Debrecen Faculty of Science and Technology, and NI Hungary Kft.
About the project
SCIENCE INSPIRED project was created to showcase that science centres are a great space to start your own scientific journey, and teachers in collaboration with educators can be an exceptional inspiration for youth to try to actively acquire their knowledge
During the project 4 science centres are joining their forces. Those are: EXPERYMENT Science Center from Gdynia, Poland, VIDA! Science Centre from Brno, Czech Republic and NOESIS Science Centre and Technology Museum in Thessaloniki, Greece and Agóra. Project was set up to inspire both teachers and educators as well as teenagers to pursue their own scientific passion.
Research shows that students find science classes to be interesting and prospective, even though they seem to be the hardest and the most demanding. Teens lack in resources, that would allow them to acquire the knowledge easier. To help them, during Science Inspired project, new tools will be introduced to teachers and educators, in order to encourage young people to take up new challenges.
Aims of the project:
- Exchange of experience between teachers and educators from European science centres
- To encourage teachers to share their knowledge in their workplace
- Collaboration between science centres from Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Greece
- To inspire young people to create their own scientific content
During the project teachers and educators will:
- Take part in 4 study visits in partner science centres
- Create their own scientific videos, in which they will have an opportunity to explain the most interesting facts using interactive exhibits
- Get acquainted with modern teaching methods e.g. gamification, storytelling, escape rooms, ICT
- Establish the needs and (de)motivators of present teens and will try to find the answer to their needs using design thinking method
- Create innovative teaching methods based on new technologies and field games
- Test the tools that educators and teachers have created
- Take part in workshops during which they will learn how to create engaging scientific videos
- Take part in a contest for short scientific video
- Connect and discuss their contest entries with other teens from Hungary, Czech Republic, Greece and Poland
This project has received funding from the European Union under the Erasmus+ programme
Duration of the project: 1.12.2018-30.01.2021