Chemistry on WheelsIdea by Wolfram Koch | added on Nov 30, 2009 06:52PM Suggestion
A rolling chemistry laboratory toured Germany in 2003. It was one of many events organized during that year, and carried out by many committed men and women in chemistry. Let's plan to do as well in 2011!
On 17 January 2003, the Chemistry Truck started its tour through Germany with an appearance at the International Green Week in Berlin. One week later, it was officially named “Justus” by the Federal Minister for Education and Research Edelgard Bulmahn. The inspiration for this name was the famous scientist Justus Liebig, whose 200th birthday was celebrated that year.
The Chemistry Truck was one of the highlights of the Year of Chemistry 2003. On its journey through Germany, the rolling chemistry laboratory provided an ideal platform to promote and improve the dialogue between science and the public. In 2003, the truck stopped at 60 towns and spent 107 days at various chemistry-related fairs and exhibitions, as well as schools and universities.
With its 60-square metres of floor space, the truck provided sufficient room for activities planned around chemistry. The truck’s heart was its chemistry laboratory where chemistry demonstrations could be seen live on stage. At the same time, experiments could be carried out by members of the public under the supervision of scientists. To make this possible, the truck could be opened on either side with two flights of stairs for participants. The interior stage of “Justus” had all the equipment necessary for a band to perform or for presentations and experiments. The space could also be rearranged for panel discussions.
With the aim of promoting an open dialogue between science, industry, and the public, the Year of Chemistry 2003 was organized by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Society of German Chemists (GDCh), and supported by chemical associations and scientific organizations.
|Topic:||hands-on activities, demonstrations, theater, drawing competition||Audience:||primary schools, general public, secondary schools, students|