Techmania Science Center, Pilsen

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Techmania Science Center is one of the first science centers in the Czech Republic and an important institution of informal education. The project was established in 2005 by the Škoda Transportation joint-stock company and the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. The intention has been to build up a modern, interactive center (often known as a science center) in the industrial estate of the Škoda company.

The mission of Techmania is to help the public, especially young people, to get more familiar with science, technology and with the development of human knowledge in general. Another goal is to point out the unanswered questions for which the next generation, the young visitors of the science center, will find answers.

The science center opened its gates to the public on November 4, 2008. Since then over 300 000 visitors have experienced science and engineering in an interactive environment of learning in the science center, which is based on explanations of particular physical or mathematical principles by means of game-like activities. The interactivity involves visitors making the exhibits move, so the natural principle will be demonstrated by the particular process. In these cases, learning is based on personal experience.

Between 2008 and 2013 the center offered following main exhibitions:

The Edutorium, which composes of 60 physics-based exhibits and there are categories for optics, mechanic, electricity, magnetism, acoustics. This part of Techmania is mostly used by school teachers to explain physical phenomenon (over 30% of Techmania's visitors is made up by (high) school groups).

There's the Rub! is a collection of Brain-teasers and scientific toys

The exhibition ŠKODA tells the story of the Škoda company and shows, for example, world unique locomotives, a trolleybus or a steam engine from the year 1909, which is used to demonstrate steam power.Between September 2010 and March 2012 the controversial artwork Entropa was displayed at Techmania.
The science center was closed down on September 2, 2013 because of its total renovation. The first 3D planetarium in the Czech Republic is going to be opened as a part of the “new” Techmania on November 4, 2013. The main hall of the science center will be re-opened in March 2014 showing new interactive exhibitions dealing for example with renewable sources of energy, physics, human body, water world etc.

An integral part of Techmania's activities are the “scientific shows” which demonstrate, for example, static electricity (Van de Graaff generator), Bernoulli's principle, Non-Newtonian fluid and many other phenomena as well as lectures on special topics.
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  • I've been many times and it is great. There is a lot to do and it is pretty big considering it is the old Skoda (car) factory. Even if you aren't into science, its fun to try out all of the...  more »
  • Amazing place with many interesting science tricks. This center includes planetarium, which is amazing too. We had just one day but I recommend to plan more shorter visit. It is difficult to keep...  more »
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  • Great day out, it suprising how much is there and you can easily spend a whole day there. Its not overly commercialised and the canteen is good for lunch. Kids loved it - 6 & 9
  • Had a great day here, with children 7 & 5 (in 2017). We will definitely visit again this year, although a day is not enough. Get there early to see all of the activities
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