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CHALLENGE - SEARCHING FOR FOSSILIZED LIFE   |    Train like an astronaut… at home   |    CHALLENGE – NATURE FROM THE WINDOW   |    A MINUTE OF SCIENCE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY   |    PAXI TAKES US ON A SPACE TRIP    |    OUR FAVOURITE EXHIBITS    |    MUSEUMS AND SCIENCE CENTERS OF THE WORLD

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INTERACTIVE VIRTUAL VISIT

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Playing a harp without strings, seeing a square-wheeled car or opening a treasure chest ... Yes! It is all possible, even from a distance! There is only one requirement to visit the Pavilion of Knowledge: to be curious! Accept the different challenges through an interactive virtual visit to this science and technology centre and let yourself be guided by knowledge.





CHALLENGE - SEARCHING FOR FOSSILIZED LIFE

For families and teachers

Have you ever looked at your window sills or to your kitchen countertops? We bet it is full of life…. fossilized. Take a photo and send it to us. We will get to know the other guests in your house… we are, of course, talking about fossils!



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Yes, that's right, fossils are everywhere!

Cities, like our houses, are built of geological materials (stone, sand, gravel, clay, asphalt, etc.) and, with these materials, many fossils are brought into the urban environment waiting for a closer look so they can be seen and properly appreciated. Fossils (from the Latin fossile < fossu, dug, taken from the ground digging) are any and all identifiable traces, corporeal or of organic activity, of organisms from the past, preserved in geological contexts, meaning, in rocks. In our homes, fossils can be found on kitchen countertops, on window sills and on door sills and door jambs, on the rocks that decorate fireplaces, on the building's staircases, etc.


TRAIN LIKE AN ASTRONAUT… AT HOME

For families

Exercise your body and train as if you are preparing yourself for a space mission. Share your photos and videos on our social networks.




CHALLENGE – NATURE FROM THE WINDOW

For families and teachers

Have you ever noticed the nature around us? It only takes a close look through the window to discover countless species of plants and animals, from the most discreet to the flashiest, not to mention those that inhabit our window sills and balconies.
Observe, photograph and share with us the nature from your window.



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Just a closer look through the window is enough to realize the biodiversity surrounding us. Even in a city, where nature is so often replaced by cement and tar, it is possible to find many species of plants and animals, and get to know a natural world so often ignored. Looking around us, it is hard to believe that there are more than 6 million terrestrial species on the planet, not counting those that are yet to be discovered. In urban areas, the reality is quite different... Biodiversity is decreasing, for various reasons that include the destruction of habitats, soil sealing and pollution. But each of us can make a contribution to the conservation of biodiversity. How to start? Open your eyes wide, and let yourself be fascinated by the wonderful world around you. Join us on this exploration!


A MINUTE OF SCIENCE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY
RÁDIO ZIG ZAG

For families and teachers

Even at home, stay tuned to Zig Zag Radio. Here we speak science in easy words for the kids.



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THE HOUSE IS A LABORATORY

Para famílias e professores

From the kitchen to the bathroom, even walking through the garage and balcony, no room is left behind: after all science is everywhere! Try the different family activities and enjoy!


Kitchen

Bathroom

Garage

Bedroom

Living room / office

Balcony / window / terrace / backyard


PAXI TAKES US ON A SPACE TRIP

For families and teachers

Take a ride from Paxi and board on an adventure through space with the ESERO Portugal program.



OUR FAVOURITE EXHIBITS

For families and general public

Some of the most remarkable experiences in our museum and the scientific phenomena they reveal.



Air current

How to keep the ball up in the air? The ball is suspended in the air, with no visible means of support. Believe it or not, the ball behaves like an airplane wing. The air, when moving quickly, hits the ball, and has the same effect as an airplane wing moving in the air. The wing has an angular shape that causes air to move more quickly over the top than under the bottom, resulting in less pressure on the top than on the bottom, thus allowing suspension.



Viva at the Tcharan exhibition

Viva is the friendly host of our museum and she also loves to participate in this Circus of Experiences! In a space where the excitement of the park is combined with the adventure of the circus, it is possible to discover multiple reflections in a maze of mirrors, move a ferris wheel or jump around on a musical floor. On the stage of the central tent, Viva is the star and the adrenaline is transformed into knowledge… TCHARAN!



Giant table

Get up on the chair and get down in age. How do you feel in this perspective? At an unusual conference table, we find that our perception depends not only on the stimulus, but also on past experiences. We are thus taken to childhood, when everything seemed so big and tall. Ideas put on the table, will we come to any conclusions or will we let our brain deceive for us?



Square wheeled car

A bumpy road and a car with squared wheels? Mathematics confirms that it is possible! The road is made of contoured cycloids and the four wheels of the car are square. A cycloid is the path taken by a single point on a circle, without sliding, along a straight line. Each vertex of the square fits each end of the cycloids. In this way the car moves forward without its occupants feeling the expected bumps!



Laser Harp

Where are the strings on this harp? Is it possible to make music without them? This harp only has laser beams, which replace the strings. When we run our fingers over the beam, we interrupt its path and an electronic response is generated that selects a musical note. When we remove the fingers, the beam is reset and the respective sound is produced. All notes are productions of harp sounds that have been stored electronically.



MUSEUMS AND SCIENCE CENTERS OF THE WORLD

For families and general public

Have you noticed how at a time of social isolation museums and science centers around the world take science and knowledge beyond their walls? Check out some suggestions here.