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Universeum, Gothenburg, Sweden
Proactive climate education - climate theatre and teaching inspiration, for grade 6 – upper secondary school teachers
Role in the ACCENT project: Organisation of activities, contribution of resources, Local Citizens’ Debates
In the heart of Gothenburg, next to the Swedish Exhibition Centre and Liseberg Amusement Park, lies Scandinavia’s largest Science Center. Since opening in 2001, the Center, which offers unique experiences and activities such as challenging, experimental exhibitions in exciting, vibrant environments, has had over 4 million visitors, half of whom are young people.
Walking through the departments, over three kilometres, visitors can follow the Water’s Way – from the Swedish mountains, via streams, lakes and the great oceans, through the South American jungle down to the lagoon at the bottom of the rainforest, with everything from Swedish non-migratory birds, fish and snakes to exotic caimans, sharks, parrots and Goeldi's monkeys. The Deadly Beauties Exhibition also offers the opportunity to study some of the world's most venomous animals: the Inland Taipan and the green mamba are some of the reptiles resting safely behind the glass in over twenty displays. The Universeum provides the opportunity to explore cells, elementary particles, rockets and solar systems, to experiment, scrutinise the body and try being a weatherman. By engaging all the senses, ones curiosity is aroused. Feel, see, hear and test! The objective is to conceptualise; show how humans, nature, society, technology and the environment interact.