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School Labs Network

Here is an overview of the school labs at the Helmholtz Centres.

Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Potsdam

Schuelerlabor AWI_Foto Markus Abeling 100x66

Come along to the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research and explore the oceans’ mysteries and the secrets of sea ice. Visit the school lab SEASIDE which stands for Science and Education @ the AWI: SIngle Day Experiments and spend a day or more experimenting at the research centre.

Brief portrait and contact details (German)


Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron Hamburg (DESY), Zeuthen/Brandenburg

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At DESY’s school labs modern physics come alive. The institutes of the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY are located in Hamburg and Zeuthen near Berlin. Experimental vacuum laboratories are available to school classes at both sites. Hamburg also offers the additional topic of radiology.

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www.physik-begreifen.desy.de (German)

German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg

Lab students – this is the name given to the young people taking part in the Life-Science Lab programmes at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg. Special programmes are open to particularly talented and interested school pupils. They have one aim in common: to find solutions to some of the major challenges of our times.

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German Aerospace Center, Berlin, Braunschweig, Dortmund, Göttingen, Hamburg, Köln, Neustrelitz, Oberpfaffenhofen, Lampoldshausen/Stuttgart

Experiment "Gravitationsbiologie" DLR_School_Lab Köln-Porz 100x66

Understanding the mysteries of flight, getting satellites into orbit or comets into the laboratory, or using so-called paramecia, or slipper aminalcules, as mini-astronauts, bringing robots to life, working with radioactive instruments or looking right into the heart of a gas turbine. These aren’t scenes from a new science fiction film, but just some of the fascinating topics that await you in the DLR_School_Labs at the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt.

Brief portrait and contact details (German)

www.schoollab.dlr.de (German)

Research Centre Jülich

Qualitativer Ozonnachweis. Copyright: Forschungszentrum Jülich, JuLab

Curiosity does have its rewards at the Ju Lab, the school lab at the Forschungszentrum Jülich. At Europe’s biggest interdisciplinary research institute you will be able to investigate many exciting topics, which are organised according to the themes that researchers in Jülich work on day to day.

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GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Darmstadt

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15 billion years after the Big Bang and the creation of the universe you find out about the smallest particles of matter in the school lab at the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung (GSI). Over millions of years the universe has been expanding constantly, cooling as it goes. In the process, the building blocks of atoms were created, then atoms, elements and finally, plants, animals and humans.

Brief portrait and contact details (German)

www.gsi.de/schuelerlabor (German)

Fishing for plankton during summer school. Image: GEOMAR

At GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, topics of marine biology, chemistry, physics and geology offer themselves for exploration in projects by pupils. Anything but a „dry“ exercise...!

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Helmholtz Centre Berlin for Materials and Energy (HZB)

Sunny days at the Helmholtz Centre Berlin for Materials and Energy! Enjoy a trip into the world of physics research and learn all about solar energy research and structural research.

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www.helmholtz-berlin.de/schuelerlabor (German)

Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

DNA Isolierung BioS-Labor HZI 100x66

Nature is so diverse. Each hair, each flake of skin, the tiniest human cell is like a chip containing clear proof of its origin. A visit to the school lab at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig builds a bridge between theory and practical use. Exciting experiments add depth to what you’ve learned in biology lessons at school.

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www.bios-braunschweig.de (German)

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig

As we breathe, ten to twenty thousand litres of air pass through our lungs daily. We take in a cocktail of vital gases, but also dangerous fumes, too. At the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ you can find out about how pollutants can be detected and how they can be degraded, too.

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Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research

Experimentieren im Schülerlabor "Quantensprung" des GKSS-Forschungszentrums Geesthacht. Bild: GKSS-Forschungszentrums Geesthacht

What will happen when fossil energy sources have been used up? What regenerative energy sources can be used and how? What’s in water? School pupils from the 9th and 10th grade upward and students from vocational colleges can answer these questions for themselves in the “Quantensprung” school lab at the GKSS Research Centre in Geesthacht. 

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Helmholtz-Centre Potsdam, German Research Centre for Geosciences - GFZ

Schülerlabor GFZ. Copyright: Friedrich, GFZ Potsdam

What does a geoscientist actually do? At the Helmholtz-Centre Potsdam, the German Research Centre for Geosciences – GFZ for short – our staff have come up with some marvellous ways to let tomorrow’s young scientists get an idea of the work they do. Whether on a work placement, a short visit, or a whole day at the GeoLab school lab with your class, you’re welcome to come along and find out more about System Earth.

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http://www.gfz-potsdam.de/scientific-services/geolab/schuelerlabor/ (German)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Getting the children of today interested in science produces potential scientists for tomorrow. At the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology they realised this early on. No monotony here, but three separate school labs offering completely different topics. The three labs focusing on nuclear safety research, environment, and gene technology welcome pupils to spend a day investigating and experimenting.

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http://www.fortbildung.kit.edu/schuelerlabor.php (German)

Max Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch

Den Bauplan der Zelle verstehen: Zellbiologische Versuche im Gläsernen Labor. Copyright: Gläsernes Labor/MDC

“Blood is a juice of very special kind”, as Goethe’s Mephisto says to Faust. At the Max Delbrueck Center’s “Gläsernes Labor” in Berlin-Buch you and your classmates can discover just how exciting practical biology lessons can be. At the two life science learning labs you can identify your own blood group or do hands-on experiments in genetics and cell biology.

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Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Garching, Greifswald

How exciting to see what researchers know about the smallest particles of matter and what they’re investigating. Of course they’re proud of their findings and want to present them to the public, so it’s important that they let journalists in on their secrets.

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Dr Andreas Fischer

Press Officer Science Communication

Helmholtz Association

Phone: +49 30 206329-38
andreas.fischer (at) helmholtz.de