“Play is the highest form of research.”
A total of eleven stations open at the Kids’ Research Laboratory the opportunity to tinker, make music, draw, program and experiment. The principle on which this approach is based is the concept of “homo ludens”— investigating, discovering and comprehending via game playing.
There’s no prescribed path through the exhibits; instead, kids move about the space freely, guided by their own interests. Hands-on encounters with unusual devices and fascinating experimental installations are the young explorers’ gateways to discovery across Ars Electronica’s entire thematic spectrum: the interplay of the virtual and the real world, the enchantment of light and shadow, what goes on inside high-tech gadgets, construction & programming, and the human-machine relationship. Naturally, there’s lots of fun stuff to try out and play around with, but there’s also much to observe, to consider and to discuss. After all, that’s the whole point of a research lab—giving some thought to extraordinary phenomena, recognizing interrelationships, testing new possibilities and deriving insights that will be useful in the future. This also applies to the young researchers’ activities in the Ars Electronica Center.
|Kids’ Research Laboratory for kids aged 4 to 8|
|open on SAT/SUN/official holidays from 10 AM to 5:30 PM
during Easter holidays additionally: TUE–FRI 9 AM–4:30 PM
Please ask for group visits under 0732.7272.51 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“There’s a natural link between this fun way of dealing with high tech and children’s magical, creative, inspiration-driven worldview.”
Read more about the Kids’ Research Laboratory in an interview with Nicole Grüneis of the Ars Electronica Center’s Education and Cultural Communication department on our Ars Electronica Blog.