Background: Technical Museum of Slovenia is the central museum for science and technology in the country. It’s main objective is to collect, preserve and present nation’s technical heritage. Being one of the most popular museums in the country it is also known for it’s educational program.

Objective: In recent years the museum has introduced some new science popularization events in cooperation with schools and universities. The aim was to bring in some recent developments and start the dialogue between active researchers and the audience.

Methods: Days of Physics is an annual event intended to promote science and technology.

Organizers:Technical Museum of Slovenia, Association of Mathematicians, Physicists and Astronomers of Slovenia

Regular participants:Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana, Faculty for Mathematics and Physics, University ofLjubljana, Faculty for Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Maribor, Jozef StefanInstitute, Ljubljana

•Main features:Attractive experiments demonstrate the basic laws of physics, Demonstrators are present to offerexplanation to the visitors, The audience can experience most experiments hands‐on.

The Chain Experiment was introduced in 2005 as a part of the Year of Physics program. It is a project to promote technical culture and imagination in school children and individuals alike.

Organizers:Technical Museum of Slovenia, Association of Mathematicians, Physicists and Astronomers of Slovenia

Regular participants:Primary schools, Secondary schools, Individual groups of youngsters, Faculty of Education, Universityof Ljubljana

•Main features:Each participant designs and builds a single link. The elements are joined to produce one chain. Thelinks must all start and end in the same way so that they can be joined in arbitrary order. Only the firstlink is started by hand, all next must be triggered by the previous one.

Days of Electric Engineering are an annual event started in 2002 to promote studies of electric engineering.

Organizers:Technical Museum of Slovenia, Faculty for Electric Engineering Ljubljana

Main features:Several experiments demonstrate the research and development at the Faculty. The experiments show some of the challenges the future engineer might face during his career.Results: The events have turned out to be rather successful with sometimes more than 2000 visitors ina week. A noticeable increase of secondary school population is evident and appreciated.Conclusion: The organization of such events is very complicated especially at the beginning and ishighly dependent on the preparedness of the university staff. To launch such project some informalconnections are almost a must. In next years we are considering some new topics and the extension ofexisting actions to international level.

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Days of science in technical museum of Slovenia

Orest Jarh   Technical Museum of Slovenia

Sergej FaletieÌ€   Josip JureÌ€ieÌ€ Secondary School

Jure Bajc   Faculty of Education

Irena DrevenÅ¡ek Olenik   Faculty for Mathematics and Physics

Background: Technical Museum of Slovenia is the central museum for science and technology in the country. It’s main objective is to collect, preserve and present nation’s technical heritage. Being one of the most popular museums in the country it is also known for it’s educational program.

Objective: In recent years the museum has introduced some new science popularization events in cooperation with schools and universities. The aim was to bring in some recent developments and start the dialogue between active researchers and the audience.

Methods: Days of Physics is an annual event intended to promote science and technology.

Organizers:Technical Museum of Slovenia, Association of Mathematicians, Physicists and Astronomers of Slovenia

Regular participants:Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana, Faculty for Mathematics and Physics, University ofLjubljana, Faculty for Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Maribor, Jozef StefanInstitute, Ljubljana

•Main features:Attractive experiments demonstrate the basic laws of physics, Demonstrators are present to offerexplanation to the visitors, The audience can experience most experiments hands‐on.

The Chain Experiment was introduced in 2005 as a part of the Year of Physics program. It is a project to promote technical culture and imagination in school children and individuals alike.

Organizers:Technical Museum of Slovenia, Association of Mathematicians, Physicists and Astronomers of Slovenia

Regular participants:Primary schools, Secondary schools, Individual groups of youngsters, Faculty of Education, Universityof Ljubljana

•Main features:Each participant designs and builds a single link. The elements are joined to produce one chain. Thelinks must all start and end in the same way so that they can be joined in arbitrary order. Only the firstlink is started by hand, all next must be triggered by the previous one.

Days of Electric Engineering are an annual event started in 2002 to promote studies of electric engineering.

Organizers:Technical Museum of Slovenia, Faculty for Electric Engineering Ljubljana

Main features:Several experiments demonstrate the research and development at the Faculty. The experiments show some of the challenges the future engineer might face during his career.Results: The events have turned out to be rather successful with sometimes more than 2000 visitors ina week. A noticeable increase of secondary school population is evident and appreciated.Conclusion: The organization of such events is very complicated especially at the beginning and ishighly dependent on the preparedness of the university staff. To launch such project some informalconnections are almost a must. In next years we are considering some new topics and the extension ofexisting actions to international level.

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