Sensory Laboratory for School Pupils

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The fascination of research – exciting experiments and fun discoveries

Humans perceive their own bodies and the world around them with their senses. We conduct some revealing and amazing experiments to demonstrate this in our laboratory for school pupils, giving them an opportunity to spend some time outside school independently investigating and conducting their own experiments under expert guidance. Exciting tests are a fun way of illustrating key findings in physics, physiology and psychology and sparking pupils’ fascination in the natural sciences and technology.

The programme we offer in our Laboratory for School Pupils caters for 9th grade classes and above and their teachers at grammar schools, secondary modern schools and secondary vocational/technical colleges. You can arrange a visit for any school day. After completing the standard programme or special session in the lab, there is also the option of taking a tour of the campus and library. If you would be interested in this, simply get in touch – either via our online contact form or directly.

The most basic experiment you conduct for yourself is better than the most wonderful that you just watch. 

(attributed to Michael Faraday)

What do we offer?

Standard programme

Standard programme

The experiments on the standard programme investigate vision and hearing. Six different set-ups show students how optical illusions confuse our senses, examine the colour pixels on their smartphones under the microscope, and create fascinating colour effects using additive light mixture. They can test the limits of their hearing and measure their own auditory threshold curve.

We recommend the short version (2.5 hours in total) for pupils in the 9th or 10th grade and the longer version (3.5 hours) for 11th and 12th graders. Please divide your pupils into six groups of roughly equal size in advance. The class should be accompanied by at least one teacher, who will be expected to remain present during the experiments and keep charge of the pupils.

  • Duration: Short = 2.5 hours; Long = 3–3.5 hours (plus guided tour of campus, approx. 30 mins extra)
  • Max. participants: 36 pupils
  • 9th grade and above (7th or 8th by special request)
  • Cost: free
Topics

Topics

In addition to the standard programme, we can arrange sessions on a range of special topics, e.g. acoustics with experiments on sound travel and interference, measuring noise, sound insulation, musical instruments or ultrasound. We are continuously adding new options.

  • The duration and content covered in sessions can be arranged individually with Professor Eimüller.
Guided tour of campus

Guided tour of campus

You are welcome to add a tour of campus after the standard programme or special session, offering pupils a glimpse of what it’s like to study in Kempten – including a look inside a lecture theatre, the canteen, the library and research laboratories. Depending what else is happening that day, you could watch the big wind tunnel in action in the streaming lab or sample the sound of church bells in an anechoic chamber. You can also request a more in-depth visit of the library including an introduction to researching literature​​​​​​.

  • Guided tour of campus approx. 45–60 mins.
  • Tour of the library + guide to researching literature: Basic approx. 20 mins, detailed approx. 90 mins.
School visits

School visits

You can also invite Professor Eimüller to your school to present a solar observation or special talk for pupils. The range of topics includes:

1. “Our changing perception of the world”

Starting in ancient times, this talk explores how our perception of the world has been transformed by new findings in astronomy and cosmology – an exciting voyage of discovery tracing the work of Copernicus and Kepler through to Einstein, Hubble and Hawking. We will “experience” the Big Bang and then travel through galaxies and black holes before reaching state-of-the-art cosmology with its curious dark energies and questions about extraterrestrial life. This talk is particularly suitable for 10th grade students who will be taught about perceptions of the world in physics. 

  • The talk plus Q&A lasts 2 teaching periods.

 

2. “Bionics – how technology learns from nature”

This talk lifts the lid on the field of bionics, revealing how we might realise human dreams of sticking like a bur, crawling on the ceiling like a fly, repelling dirt like a lotus blossom, swimming like a shark and flying like a bird.

  • The talk plus Q&A lasts 2 teaching periods / short version 60 mins.

 

3. “The Sun – our star”

How about an extraordinary opportunity to observe the sun using a special H-Alpha solar telescope in your schoolyard? Pupils will be able to safely look at protuberances, sun spots and solar flares in real time. The demonstration is accompanied by a talk about our central star lasting 30 to 60 minutes: duration to suit.

  • Dates and different talks can be arranged individually with Professor Eimüller.
Input to the laboratory for school pupils

Input to the laboratory for school pupils

Practical seminars can be run for devising and constructing new experiments to expand the laboratory for school pupils. We also offer practical sessions for teachers.

Loans of measuring equipment

Loans of measuring equipment

How much is the carbon dioxide level increasing in the classroom? Shouldn’t we really have opened a window by now? Pupils can use our Ergonomics Measuring Kit to get to the bottom of questions like these. We have joined forces with the Technical University of Munich to enable you to borrow all sorts of measuring devices as teaching aids. We can also provide scientific texts and special study packs on the subjects of climate, light, noise, air quality and anthropometry for students to consult in conjunction with using the equipment. For further details, please see the TU Munich website  or get in touch.

Directions

Directions

We are only 200 metres from the campus of Kempten University of Applied Sciences:

Sensory Laboratory for School Pupils | Fischerösch 4 | 87435 Kempten | Germany

Our laboratory is just ten minutes’ walk or so via Wiesstrasse from Kempten’s main railway station.