I think, therefore I am!
This sentence was uttered by Descartus - a great philosopher, mathematician and scientist, who lived in the 17th century. And you, what do you think of most often? Something incredible? That's great! In Epi-Centre of Science in Białystok, you can definitely let your creativity and imagination run wild. You’ll also need a bit of attention to carefully observe the surroundings and perform the tasks that are part of the “Discovering and knowledge” exhibition. Don't worry, Sensory and Kate Question will help you in everything! You’ll learn about colour and shape phenomena, and the world of mathematics will be explained to you by means of geometrical figures and numbers.
Playing with building blocks is learning…?
Sure! Even more so if you play with magnetic blocks that create spatial figures. Sounds amazing, right? If, like Sensory, you like mazes, you must try to go through the centre! The game of moving the ball with a magnet through the maze is great fun and develops eye-hand coordination.
Happy people do not count the time…
However, they can learn old ways of measuring time! The watch my dad wears was not always available. Earlier, an hourglass was one of the time-measuring devices. And if you like to count (not just time), then a large colourful abacus and many other logical toys await you at the exhibition, so you won't get bored!
So, what about a race to the Epi-Centre of Science. Sensory will count the time!
Still hungry for knowledge? Learn about your body!
How many fingers are there on one hand? And on both? Ok, these are easy questions, but Majka Pytajka has more difficult ones!
“What is digestion? Why do teeth ache? On which side of the body is the liver?”
Easy, easy, one at a time! By visiting all the stands of the "Know Your Body" exhibition zone, you'll get answers to these and other questions about the secrets and functioning of the human body.
Nothing human is alien to me!
Zmysłek and Majka Pytajka invite you into a space that looks like a doctor's office. However, this is not a normal surgery – there are jigsaw puzzles with a model of the human body! There is also Mr. Skeleton, showing the components of the skeletal system. Skull, spine, pelvis – everything must be in the right place! We hope that you care for your teeth and there is no decay in them as in our huuuge tooth on display. You can cure it and learn the basics of oral hygiene. You’ll definitely be grateful!
And what is that? There on the screen? Sad and sick Zmysłek! Go on and x-ray him and then diagnose - like a real doctor! - and heal so that he can accompany us further. There are still many attractions ahead of us!
Technologies that connect
Let’s begin with a question: Do you know what a telephone and radio have in common? They are inventions used for communication between people. When you talk to your parents you communicate with them. The whole world is based on communication! That is why it is worth learning the history and operation of devices that have made information delivery easier. Where can you do that? Of course, at the Epi-Centre of Science in Białystok! Like a vortex, the "Technology" zone will draw you into the fascinating world of science. Have you ever seen a phone resembling a maze made of pipes? There is one here!
„Hello, Hello, Majka. Can you hear me?”
„Hi, Zmysłek! It really works!”
Sure it works! You too can talk on this amazing phone. And by doing so you'll learn that sound is transmitted through the air in the tunnel.
Even the Zmysłek is impressed, but still …
It's not magic, it's science!
Everyone likes listening to music, right? This is possible for example on the radio. Thanks to it, we also learn about the world. This is really a very important invention! How does it happen that you hear the presenter in the speaker while she is in the studio? You’ll be able to learn about the effects of electromagnetic and radio waves at the Epi-Centre of Science! You'll also see what the old phones looked like. We assure you that they would not fit in your trouser pocket.
Long long time ago…
Do you know that stone structures in Malta, considered by many to be the oldest in the world, were built over three thousand years BC?
„Is it a long time ago?”
It’s very long, Majka Pytajka! A lot has changed since then. Thanks to science and inventions, building (for example houses) has become much easier. At the Epi-Centre of Science you’ll learn the laws of physics and mechanics that had a huge impact on the world of construction. And it will be all by playing! Majka Pytajka and Zmysłek will show you around, right?
Working together pays off
Do you like building towers from blocks? Yes? That’s great! At the Epi-Centre you can build whatever comes to your mind. And do it using a crane - a special boom controlled by you. Let’s keep going! A large sandbox with magic sand will develop your manual and creative skills, teach you patience and accuracy. Giant blocks are waiting for you at the next stands!
„Seriously, they're huge!”
Sensory confirms. You’ll be able to feel strong like Hercules!
„Don't worry, they're big but very light, I checked it myself.”
Thanks for the information, Majka Pytajka! As you can see, our guides work together flawlessly. Take your siblings and friends; you’ll see that you can do more together!
The best ideas come to mind in the shower
Do you know the most famous bath in the history of science? Who took it and what resulted from it? Yes, it's about Archimedes and his famous "Eureka!" shouted out after entering the bathtub! This way, the brilliant mathematician discovered one of the most famous laws of nature – and this is not the end of the discoveries facilitated by water.
Epi-Centre of Science invites you to the amazing world of knowledge based on inventions created with the use of water. After entering the themed zone, you’ll have a journey full of interactive experiments focused on the famous discoveries of Archimedes, Pascal and more. You’ll learn the fascinating laws of mathematics and physics that have long been intermingling and complementing each other.
Knowledge flows... with the Power of Water!
The modern Science Centre in Białystok will lead you through spaces dominated by shades of blue - where various types of pipe constructions build a unique atmosphere. Look at this big tap. Do you know where the water that flows from this tap comes from? At the entrance to the zone you can see a puddle, but take it easy – you’ll not wet your shoes in it.
What's up Doc?
We know that the youngest are naturally curious about what surrounds them. That is why we help to discover the scientific interests of children. Who knows, maybe in a few years some of you’ll become a doctor of chemistry or physics? Even now, wearing white aprons and safety glasses, you can feel like real scientists! All this is possible at the Little Explorer's Laboratory at the Epi-Centre of Science!
Little explorers, great knowledge!
The world of LABBAR is colourful, interesting and surprising. Here you’ll learn what the pH indicator is and you’ll discover that red cabbage juice can be ... blue!
Exactly, but let's not reveal the details now. Your fingers will make the pepper particles on the water part like the Red Sea before the biblical Moses. Yes, you do have that power! It is all thanks to the occurrence of surface tension in liquids and its variability. You’ll create an invisible force by yourself that will lift pieces of paper. You'll see how you can inflate a balloon without using your mouth. Just... water and vinegar! In our laboratory, physical and chemical phenomena will become understandable and exciting. The big world is waiting for Little Explorers!
Stone, paper, scissors…
Not really! At the Science Centre Białystok you'll learn about the properties of materials, including bronze, iron and glass. As you know, the human body has its own temperature that can be measured. Thanks to the exhibition you’ll see that individual materials also accumulate heat. At the same temperature, some items appear hot and others appear cold. You'll see for yourself which material will cool down first. For now, we can't reveal anything, all in good time.
Supernatural powers? No problem!
The "Properties of materials" zone will introduce you to the world of physics and chemistry. You’ll compare the elastic and thermal properties of objects. You’ll conduct scientific experiments on your own, like real scientists. You’ll feel like superheroes, starting a virtual fire, studying its temperature. A superhero was also Maria Curie-Skłodowska, who discovered two radioactive elements - radium and polonium. You can use the meter to check how quickly the radiation dose increases for given materials. However, we assure you that the dose of fun from staying at the Science Centre will increase very quickly!
If you ask a lot of questions every day and still want to know more - this zone is perfect for you! It’ll tell you about the foundations on which engineering is based, i.e. force, movement, power and pressure. Thanks to past discoveries and inventions, a lot of devices have been created that base their operation on mechanics, e.g. a car. At the Epi-Centre you’ll test a former steam engine and its modern relative. The famous constructions of the steam age will no longer have any secrets for you!
Ordinary - extraordinary
The Stirling heat engine was patented in 1816 and the principles of its operation are still used today. At the Science Centre you have the opportunity to observe how heat energy from hot steam is converted into mechanical energy.
Do you like carousels? It just so happens that we have one here. This is not an ordinary carousel; thanks to it you’ll know and understand Coriolis force. You’ll also learn the principles of operation and check how the Heron’s engine (or aeolipile) works. Using the example of a levitating ball – similar to a flying carpet – you’ll examine how pressure changes affect objects. You’ll be able to control its altitude with an air stream. Nothing is impossible at the Epi-Centre of Science. There is only that which needs to be discovered and understood!
The electrifying world of science
Welcome to the land of electricity! The exhibition "Follow the current" is an area connecting the era of steam and electricity with the present. It was the old inventions that enabled the creation of devices without which you cannot imagine life now! Former "electronic brains" occupied huge spaces; today, thanks to the development of technology, smartphones or tablets fit into trouser pockets.
One of the stands has been turned into a place of "duel" of two brilliant inventors who influenced the development of electricity: Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. They both have a lot to show! Film camera, projector, and radio – these are just some of their inventions. Which scientist would you consider a greater genius?
When visiting the subsequent stands of the Science Centre in Białystok, be sure to stop by the Van de Graaff generator. Using the manual and electric drive, you’ll get a few centimetres electric spark! The machine can also generate extremely spectacular and colourful electrostatic field lines.
A bicycle is part of the next experiment. Thanks to it and the strength of your muscles you can generate electricity. Automotive fans will enjoy a real treat - electric and combustion car simulators! Observe how both types of vehicle react to the accelerator pedal. Fancy a race along the „Rising Białystok” track?
Welcome to the world of communication! Here you’ll learn and understand the operation of telecommunications networks - from the old to the most modern ones. You’ll check how it’s possible that messages and images from the other end of the world reach you in a second! To explain this, you need to go back to the roots - electric telegraph, which revolutionized the world. At the Science Centre you have the opportunity to test it!
At the Białystok Science Centre you’ll feel like secret agents sending a message using the Morse code.
Transparent computer cases will allow you to look into their mechanisms. You’ll discover how optical fibres, i.e. light conductive optical cables, work. The microscopes available at the exhibition will allow you to look very closely at the optical fibres they are made of. Today, the use of optical fibres is widespread, thanks to which the Internet, landline and mobile telephony developed. This would not be possible without the knowledge, experience and experiments of scientists.
If this has aroused your curiosity, visit us!