The TU Delft Science Centre opens its doors to the public today in the former home of the Faculty of Mines, Mining Engineering and Petroleum Engineering. The new Science Centre will be a meeting point between science and society, allowing visitors to look into the “kitchen” of the university and be in the same room, with the same equipment and concepts, as scientists and students.
TU Delft says the Science Centre will allow for genuine interaction between the public and science and technology. In the Sportstudio, for example, visitors can work with the Rowperfect, an ergonomically advanced rowing machine invented by former student Cas Rekers. Meanwhile, in the construction area visitors can design their own buildings in the test area that will also be used by the Faculty of Architecture.
In addition, the Science Centre has a Gamelab, featuring games such as “Levee Patroller”, a simulator that is used to train the guard that monitor Holland’s sea dykes. Another game, “Pong”, is part of research into hand recognition by computers being conducted at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer. Visitors can play games and provide feedback to researchers developing the games.
The aim of the Science Centre is to project another image of science and technology to a wide audience, to improve and eliminate prejudices.
From September 2, the Science Centre, which is located at 120 Mijnbouwstraat in Delft, is open to the public: Tuesday to Friday, 10:00–17:00; Saturday and Sunday, 11:00–17:00
For more information about the Science Centre visit http://www.sciencecentre.tudelft.nl