Wissens°raum - die Werkstatt für Neugierige

1,000 Euro Prize 2014

Country: Austria

Region: Vienna

Sector: Civil Society / Social Economy

Fields of action: Non-formal education

Project owner: Verein ScienceCenter-Netzwerk

Responsible person: Heidrun Schulze

Website: Weblink

What is it about?

The knowledge°room is available in ground floor premises: with square soap bubbles, solid fluids, growing crystals, and similar things. Science comes to visit people for two to three months, invites them to interact. So-called explainers provide support in German, Turkish, Polish, English, Spanish, Russian/Georgian or Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. Children and youths most of all, to a more cautious extent also grown-ups, take possession of this space with its experimenting equipment that has sprung up in their neighbourhood. So far there have been knowledge°rooms in Hernals, Leopoldstadt, Fünfhaus – other Viennese districts will follow.

Appreciation of the Jury

Interactive, attractive, low-threshold, locally embedded, moving on, outside conventional knowledge transfer structures, socially innovative, invigorating on a small-scale. For "remoteness from knowledge" to play no role. For vacant not to turn to derelict. For girls, boys, women, men, grown-ups, youths and children. Some come back again and again and obtain a certificate or they become the explainers' assistants. They experiment with technology and science, alone or with others, are simply curious, learn self-confidence; can tell others what they have made; or what they later want to do with it, maybe.