Exhibition/experimental workshop "Physics Toys"

Informal learning was practised in the 19th centurary in the form of museums with objecs studied by reading on posters. In the 1950ies science centers were introduced in USA, were hands-on and experience were important comcepts. Around 2000 I took a third step with "minds-on" using neurodidactic methods. A ten-fold learning efficiency was often achieved. However, although a good knowledge is nessecary for progress it is not enough. If we cannot use the knowledge it it worthless. Research has shown that at our university there is no correlation (0.07) between examination marks and progress in professional life. We have to be more creative, i.e. get new ideas and being able to solve problems. This can be achieved by special training, because the brain is plastic. Such training should be very important for industry to promote innovations, for politicians to take better decisions etc.

Using the ideas mentioned above I started in1997 a new kind exhibition/workshop with more than 300 unique science toys at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Neurodidactics and creativity training are important parts in this activity. It is shortly described at www.fysikaliskaleksaker.se.  We receive about 100-200 groups of 10-30 persons every year at the age of 6-99 years. Some target groups are the public, school children, students, teachers, pedagogues, scientists, and industry. Visits are extremely popular and signed up one year in advance despite daily activities.  I have also a dozen of other types of activities using this facility e.g. re-education of (pre-schools) teachers and project works for high school pupils (100 hours/group). This is part of my project "House of Learning" (see www.larandetshus.se). The activity has been very well received with many prizes and awards, also internationally.