Following a theme of "Plastics in Everyday Life", Vienna's first hands-on laboratory is dedicated to a current sustainability topic. We not only encounter plastic in numerous packaging and building materials, but also in our smartphones, our clothes and our cars.
At this station, visitors will get involved in the search for hidden plastics in everyday life, as well as learning about the differences between bioplastics and conventional plastics and the topic of recycling. The aim is to create awareness of the distribution and diversity of plastics and to encourage the careful use of plastics.
Program your own computer game! In the Code Studio, children and teenagers learn how to make figures jump, run and turn. And after that, there's not much left to do until you have your very own computer game!
Lots of people already have an idea for an app, but don’t implement it. At this station, visitors learn about the first steps in app development and can bring their app idea to life without any programming knowledge. Sketches are made with pen and paper, and then digitised using a tablet.
The goal of the Viennese company HappyMed is to take away the fear of medical treatment from patients. A pair of video glasses offers distraction and tranquillity – this is intended to reduce the use of painkillers in the long term.
Many of us have already experienced nightmarish situations in hospital or when visiting a doctor – this ward offers visitors the opportunity to enter into a hospital scenario, complete with hospital bed, where they can test out the video glasses.
Mealworms in risotto? Crickets in salad? Eating insects as food is still rare in Europe as an alternative to chicken, pork or beef, but for around two billion people on earth they are simply everyday food.
The Viennese start-up Livin Farms offers consumers the chance to have an intelligent mealworm farm at home called "The Hive". The incubator should be able to grow between 200 and 500 grams of extremely protein-rich food supplements per week, which have a neutral or slight nutty flavour. At this station, visitors can see the food of the future up-close and personal, and get to know how a mealworm farm works.
Sharing street space fairly
How much green space is there in Vienna? And how much space do streets and squares take up? How many Viennese women taker public transport, and how many cycle? Using adhesive tapes, scissors and pens, visitors to this station will be able to appreciate what elements take up the space in their city and how much space they use – visitors will also get to design their ideal street.
Time zones, geometric bodies, the Habsburgs – these are all classic themes for Austrian school lessons. The Viennese start-up Vroodles has taken what is usually found within the covers of textbooks or overhead projectors and has packaged it all up into 3D worlds. Using VR glasses, you can float around the globe, rotate around geometric bodies, and even see Maria Theresa and her successors up close.