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Experyment Science Centre features an interactive exhibition that provides space for creative experimentation. This is where the fascination with science is born. Everyone is welcome to visit and embark on a journey to discover and explore the world. Our science shows, workshops and events engage, teach and entertain. Ask us questions, the more the better. We enjoy science!

history
Experyment Science Centre in Gdynia was proposed by  the municipal authorities of Gdynia as part of the “creActiveNET” project financed by the INTERREG program, the Provincial Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Gdańsk, and the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management. It is one of the first science centres in Poland, and the first one in the region, to implement an innovative concept of promoting science through interactive exhibitions and educational activities.

The facility opened on 1st June 2007 in the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park. Initially, it was part of the Gdynia Innovation Centre, a budgetary unit of the Municipality of Gdynia. In March 2012, by the resolution of the Gdynia City Council, the Centre became a separate unit with the status of a local government’s cultural institution.

On 26th July 2010, the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park in Gdynia started an expansion project, including the construction of a new building for the Experyment Science Centre: a modern exhibition space combined with a conference centre.

The weekend of 7th–8th September 2013 saw Experyment’s grand opening of in the new setting. After two and a half years of development, the exhibition space increased sevenfold and gained laboratory rooms. In the first weekend, 5 000 people visited the new exhibition! In the following years, the Centre has presented numerous temporary exhibitions, expanded the permanent one and developed many new formats for educational, cultural and scientific activities.

idea/concept/mission
Experyment Science Centre in Gdynia is a showcase for the modern city, and the two grow hand in hand. Its tasks and working methods evolve so it can keep carrying on its mission and accommodating to the ever-changing needs of various social groups. The Centre constantly redefines WHY it exists, HOW it operates and WHAT it offers, in order to rise to the challenge set upon its establishment.

WHY?
We create a friendly environment for expanding knowledge and provide opportunity to grow to individuals and the entire community. We want to inspire everyone to create a good future together, with science and sustainability in mind.

HOW?
Promoting scienceWe promote knowledge from various fields of science, ecourage a scientific career, and educate in an attractive and accessible way.
Inspiring to accept challenges and explore the worldWe encourage you to ask questions, experiment freely and search for non-standard solutions. In our opinion, learning is more about the process then the outcome.
Active educationWe promote and employ modern teaching methods involving new technologies and tools. We invite teachers, educational communities and students to discuss the future of school and education.
Communicating scienceWe facilitate a dialogue between the society and the world of science, we help get across the latest findings: their effects and relevance to our future, we confront facts with opinions, and endorse critical thinking.
Supporting educationWe build positive associations and emotions in the process of learning. We spread passion, enthusiasm and curiosity. We provoke questions. All this to create a level playing field for everyone.
Sparking curiosity about the worldEverything starts with interest: regardless of age and at every level. We encourage lifelong learning with a vast array of methods.
CooperationWe create a national and European platform for knowledge exchange through our membership in various associations and active participation in development projects and cultural activities.

WHAT?
Interactive exhibitionsThere are five thematic sections. Each interactive stand invites you to play and learn through experience. On top of that, we offer lesson plans, visitor’s paths, guided tours, aided exploration of our exhibits, and science shows.
Educational workshops for pre-schoolers, students and organised groupsWe run creative scenarios using various tools, including elements of gamification, quizzes and apps that students readily recognise. Our workshops are an opportunity to carry out numerous experiments on your own without the pressure to obtain a specific result.
Family programmesAKADEMIA EXPERYMENTU (EXPERYMENT ACADEMY – lectures for kids), WARSZTATY RODZINNE (FAMILY WORKSHOPS – popular science for families), EXPERYMENCIAKI (EXPERYMENTEES – general development classes for children aged 1–3) – We encourage teamwork and intergenerational cooperation by creating a friendly space for learning and playing.
Scientific eventsWe organize special events: NOC NAUKOWCÓW (part of the EUROPEAN RESEARCHERS’ NIGHT) for families, NAUKOWELOVE for adults, PRZEPIS NA DOBRĄ FORMĘ (RECIPE FOR STAYING SHARP) for seniors and ScienceCom for youth and students.
Programmes for teachersWe run various initiatives dedicated to teachers: WARTO SIĘ SZKOLIĆ (workshops), EXPERT EXPERYMENTU (EXPERYMENT EXPERT), AMBASADOR EXPERYMENTU (EXPERYMENT AMBASSADOR) as well as an annual conference titled EDUKACJA W AKCJI (EDUCATION IN ACTION).
Programmes for adults and seniorsSCIENCE CAFÉ, CIEKAWI ŚWIATA (CURIOUS ABOUT THE WORLD) – We run internal and external lectures and workshops for adults and members of the University of the Third Age and senior clubs.
Reaching outWe organise workshops, science shows and picnics in Poland and abroad (Romania, Moldova, Sweden, Denmark).
Scientific and cultural activitiesWe carry out our mission at local flagship events, such as Gdynia Design Days, Polish Film Festival, Open’er Festival and LOTOS Gdynia Aerobaltic.
Collaboration with our colleagues and the scientific communityEXPERYMENT is a member of ECSITE European Network of Science Centres and Museums and participates in the nationwide action SPiN DAY. We also actively co-operate with universities, research institutes, public benefit organisations and cultural institutions. Together with other Gdynia institutions, we belong to the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities.

law
Experyment Science Centre in Gdynia is a local government cultural institution. The organizer of the CNE is the Commune of the City of Gdynia.

The Experyment Science Centre in Gdynia statute [198 KB]

 

 

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