Edutainment | Science Lab – Kids exploring the world
Workshop for Kids and Teens with Ulrike Albrecht und Team
Why does a compass always point north? Why does the sound of thunder come after you see the lightning? Why do icebergs float? Why do things fall to the ground, and why do raindrops get stuck on branches,..... why.... why…why?
Children have an insatiable thirst for knowledge and want to discover and understand the world with all their senses. The ScienceLab educational institution at Schloss Elmau offers a research program for preschoolers and elementary school-age children to explore interesting phenomena in nature, technology and the environment, and to show the what’s behind the amazingness.
In our ScienceLab experimentation courses, the children can ask questions and speculate about the prepared topics at any time, and test their own hypotheses with exciting experiments. The curious young researchers are supported by well-educated course instructors, and guided to find their answers independently with targeted questions. This lets the children immediately incorporate the experience into their own real-life world and benefit from the fact that they figured it out themselves. Besides the joy that the kids experience in the process, they simultaneously take on board the tools for an analytical approach to questions as they journey through life, as well as the insight that “research is fun!”
During the Research Weeks, e.g., the following topics will be on the agenda:
Exciting Electricity The Blue Planet Humans and Their Senses Magnetism Invisible Things in Our World
We look forward to a lot of curious researchers!
27 – 31 Juli 2020 3 – 7 August 2020 10 – 14 August 2020 17 – 21 August 2020 24 – 28 August 2020 31 August – 4 September 2020 7 – 11 September 2020 26 – 30 October 2020
The course takes place twica a day from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. or 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. from ages 6 – 11
Please note that you must register your child with the Hospitality Desk one last time and in person, and give Schloss Elmau written permission to look after your child, before the start of the program. For the first unit of the program, the child must be personally handed over to the Kids caregivers by a parent or guardian.
Schloss Elmau is located in a natural preserve and makes every effort to reduce its CO2 foot print to a minimum. For this reason, we heat Schloss Elmau by burning wood waste from the surrounding forests in our 1 MW wood chip power plant. As a backup and to cover peak demand we use our own combined heat and power cogeneration plant (CHP) which is fired by gas and generates 50% of our electricity. Our own hydroelectric power station, which has been in operation for more than 100 years, contributes another 15%.
In addition we have reduced electric power consumption by using LED lamps developed in-house and using software to limit peak demand. We dim halogen ceiling spots – which are still necessary for aesthetic reasons – to just 2% of their possible output. Plastic straws have long been replaced with bamboo straws and plastic bottles with glass bottles. To reduce CO2 emissions by transports, we only use and offer drinking water from our own high quality and mineral rich mountain source.
All our meat and dairy products are produced by farmers in our region. Food waste is disposed of in a biogas plant nearby. Waste glass and waste paper are recycled. Insulation of both hotels, which were build in 2007 and 2015 with local construction companies, exceed the European Energy Conservation (ENEV) Criteria by more than 20%. By 2021 all our cars will be powered by electricity.
Recent awards & accoldades
Guide Michelin (2020) two stars in a row for our Gourmet Restaurant Luce d'Oro Handelsblatt CH 2020, Best Spa in the Alps, Conde Nast US & UK 2020, Gold List, Spa Guide Bilanz CH 2019, # 2 in the Ranking of the World´s Best Spas Travel & Leisure USA 2019, # 1 Best Destination Spa in the World Wellnessheaven D 2019, # 1 Best Wellness Hotel in Europe