The  Flanders  Technology  International  Foundation,  founded  in  1988,  by  the  Government  of Flanders was in the business of organizing every two years an international trade fair for new technologies.  The  very  successful  trade  fair  was  visited  by  business  people  as  well  as  the general public.

Given its expertise in setting up major organization and the mastering of projects and events the F.T.I Foundation, upon request of the government, gradually broadened its activities to its mission: “bringing science closer to man”.

The F.T.I Foundation   started, with the aid of the government and private sponsors, with the development and marketing of the following products and events:
• Experion,  a  science  truck  that  visits  different  cities  in  Flanders.  The  truck  stays  at  the venue  for  about  3  weeks.  Students  of  the  first  year  of  secondary  schools  of  the neighboring  cities  are  invited  for  a  session  of 1h30min.  The  students  are  part  of  a  secret organization that has to solve the mystery of an unidentified object. In small teams of 2 to 3  persons  and  through  interaction  with  computers  and  exhibits  they  have  to  find  a solution.
• Interactive books: 2 titles, already more than 30.000 copies distributed.
• Activity kits: already 4 editions and more than 7.500 pieces distributed to basic schools.
• Science theatre for primary schools – third consecutive schoolyear touring.
• TV-production “Curieuzeneuze” - 24 episodes - is a 3 minutes story of a youngster in search  of  an  answer  to  trivial  questions  such  as  “Can  computers  speak?”,  “Where  does electricity  come  from?”,  “Why  do  we  sleep?”…  This  production  was  accompanied  by  a very successful competition for 10 to 12 year old students. A sequel of the TV-production is now being produced and will be broadcasted in the Spring of   2001.
• Science Week: since 1994 every other year more than 25.000 students of 17 and 18 years old  participate  in  projects,  workshops,…for  a  whole  day  or  a  half  day  in  science institutions and universities in Flanders. Unique is that the offer of   the 600 projects and workshops  are  put  in  to  a  data  base  via  the  internet  by  the  participating  universities  and organizations and that the teachers can consult these offers via the internet and can book on line what activity they want to attend with their students.
• Science event “science festival”: since 1994 every year. About 15.000 to 25.000 visitors of the general public on one venue depending on the concept of a one or two days event.

The  ideas  for  these  products  and  events  are  mostly  generated  in  house  and  the  concepts  and the  realization  of  the  projects  is  always  very  closely  monitored  by  the  staff  of  the  F.T.I Foundation.

On  February  26  2000  the  Technopolis  science  center  opened  its  doors.  It  was  the  F.T.I Foundation that managed the concept and the realization of Technopolis and is now in charge of the daily management.

All of the products mentioned are now marketed under the name of Technopolis. In that way there  is  a  maximum  of  synergy  between  the  “outreach”  products  and  events  and  the  science center. We at Technopolis see science and technology as a product that has to be marketed to a different target groups and use all possible instruments to reach this goal. Technopolis now can  benefit  from  the  experience  of  the  F.T.I  Foundation  in  marketing  of  science  and technology popularization products and events.




 

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The Technopolis experience
From science fairs and events to a science center.

Steven Vols   F.T.I Foundation

Erik Jacquemijn  

The  Flanders  Technology  International  Foundation,  founded  in  1988,  by  the  Government  of Flanders was in the business of organizing every two years an international trade fair for new technologies.  The  very  successful  trade  fair  was  visited  by  business  people  as  well  as  the general public.

Given its expertise in setting up major organization and the mastering of projects and events the F.T.I Foundation, upon request of the government, gradually broadened its activities to its mission: “bringing science closer to man”.

The F.T.I Foundation   started, with the aid of the government and private sponsors, with the development and marketing of the following products and events:
• Experion,  a  science  truck  that  visits  different  cities  in  Flanders.  The  truck  stays  at  the venue  for  about  3  weeks.  Students  of  the  first  year  of  secondary  schools  of  the neighboring  cities  are  invited  for  a  session  of 1h30min.  The  students  are  part  of  a  secret organization that has to solve the mystery of an unidentified object. In small teams of 2 to 3  persons  and  through  interaction  with  computers  and  exhibits  they  have  to  find  a solution.
• Interactive books: 2 titles, already more than 30.000 copies distributed.
• Activity kits: already 4 editions and more than 7.500 pieces distributed to basic schools.
• Science theatre for primary schools – third consecutive schoolyear touring.
• TV-production “Curieuzeneuze” - 24 episodes - is a 3 minutes story of a youngster in search  of  an  answer  to  trivial  questions  such  as  “Can  computers  speak?”,  “Where  does electricity  come  from?”,  “Why  do  we  sleep?”…  This  production  was  accompanied  by  a very successful competition for 10 to 12 year old students. A sequel of the TV-production is now being produced and will be broadcasted in the Spring of   2001.
• Science Week: since 1994 every other year more than 25.000 students of 17 and 18 years old  participate  in  projects,  workshops,…for  a  whole  day  or  a  half  day  in  science institutions and universities in Flanders. Unique is that the offer of   the 600 projects and workshops  are  put  in  to  a  data  base  via  the  internet  by  the  participating  universities  and organizations and that the teachers can consult these offers via the internet and can book on line what activity they want to attend with their students.
• Science event “science festival”: since 1994 every year. About 15.000 to 25.000 visitors of the general public on one venue depending on the concept of a one or two days event.

The  ideas  for  these  products  and  events  are  mostly  generated  in  house  and  the  concepts  and the  realization  of  the  projects  is  always  very  closely  monitored  by  the  staff  of  the  F.T.I Foundation.

On  February  26  2000  the  Technopolis  science  center  opened  its  doors.  It  was  the  F.T.I Foundation that managed the concept and the realization of Technopolis and is now in charge of the daily management.

All of the products mentioned are now marketed under the name of Technopolis. In that way there  is  a  maximum  of  synergy  between  the  “outreach”  products  and  events  and  the  science center. We at Technopolis see science and technology as a product that has to be marketed to a different target groups and use all possible instruments to reach this goal. Technopolis now can  benefit  from  the  experience  of  the  F.T.I  Foundation  in  marketing  of  science  and technology popularization products and events.




 

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