At the Helsinki Observatory, visitors from schoolchildren to pensioners can learn about the wonderful worlds of natural sciences in the workshops led by researchers during Researchers’ Night. In addition to the workshops, visitors can, in the permanent exhibition, delve into the secrets of the Observatory building and of the universe itself.
Workshop 1: Impact craters and moon talk
It’s been 50 years since the first moonwalk. Even as we speak, there are many ongoing space missions to the moon. It is highly possible that in the new future humans will be searching glacial ice from the moon’s impact craters. This workshop gives you a chance to create your own craters and research these collisions with high speed video camera. The moon itself is considered to be a fundamental factor in the origin of scientific thinking.
Organiser: Department of Physics, University of Helsinki
Workshop 2: Step into the world of cross-section radiographs
Cross-section radiographs allows doctors to see beneath the patient's internal structure precision to under 3 mm. It will reveal bone fractures as well as cerebral haemorrhages. This Nobel prize awarded technique, known as Computed tomography (CT), is based on x-rays and mathematics. How does it work? After this presentation you will know the secrets of radiography and cross-section radiography. Come and test for yourself!
Organiser: Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Helsinki
Workshop 3, only for school groups: Drone demo
Drones, often described as a fun activity or one more way to take landscape pictures or action filled films, are a frequent topic in the news. However they are capable of much more. By programming the drone to fly a specific route planned by the accuracy of one centimeter, material can be collected and used to create three-dimensional environments. Those environments are at best when viewed in virtual reality.
Organiser: Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki
Please note: This workshop is open only in the morning. In the evening, the workshop on particles in the universe will be organised in the same venue.
Workshop 3, only in the evening: Particles in the universe
In particle physics we research the smallest configurations of the universe. How are we able to detect particles the size of millionths of a millimeter? What is happening in CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research and how are these small particles linked in the process of solving universe’s biggest questions? The workshop will demonstrate how magnetic force works and display some of the technologies that enables to detect particle radiation with bare eye. You can also ask researchers about their work in experimental and theoretical particle physics.
Please note: This workshop is open only in the evening. In the morning, the workshop on drones will be organised in the same space for school groups.
Organiser: HIP, Helsinki Institute of Physics
Workshop 4: Electromagnetic radiation
In this workshop you will familiarize youself with the genesis of light and infrared radiation along with learning about finding life in outer space, climate change and spectrums – you may turn out to be radiant as well!
School groups: How to sign up?
Workshops are open for comprehensive school and upper secondary school groups from 9 am to 10.20 am, 10.30 am to 11.50 am and 1 pm to 2.20 pm. Maximum group size is 26 students. We recommend the workshops from fifth grade up. Sign up via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshops are free of charge. Please note: The programme is in Finnish.
Between 5 pm and 8 pm, the workshops are open to all public. The programme is in Finnish but the researchers speak also English. No entrance fee.
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