Summer Vacation at the Ars Electronica Center

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(Linz, 7.7.2021) Getting your favourite toy to sound, discovering fascinating microorganisms under the microscope, programming dancing robots or discovering how machines learn. The Ars Electronica Center has plenty of exciting workshops in store for kids and teens during the summer holidays, which can even be attended free of charge from August 24 to September 10 thanks to the support of the Upper Austrian Chamber of Labour. For reservations, please call 0732.7272.0 or The current Corona protection measures apply.

Ding Dong / 27.7.2021: 09:30 a.m. / 24.8., 31.8. & 7.9.2021: 9:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Ding Dong: Whether glass, sheet metal, polystyrene or wood – every material has its own sound. Experimenting with different sound sources is also the focus of the “Ding Dong” workshop. Here, 8- to 11-year-olds elicit sounds from different objects – from toy cars to roller skates to paint boxes. Simply take your favourite toy with you, record the sounds and create your own songs in the Open Sound Studio. Participation on 27.7.2021 costs 7 euros per child. All other dates can be booked free of charge.

From Hardware to Soft Tissue / 28.7.2021: 9:30 a.m. / 27.8., 3.9. & 10.9.2021: 9:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
This workshop is about the examination of so-called soft robotics, robotic components that consist of soft, adaptable materials instead of solid components. Applications for these soft robotics include prostheses or body extensions. Kids from 9 to 11 are invited to let their imagination run wild, invent body extensions and build them right away. How about a pair of wings? Or antennae as sensors? Participation on 28.7.2021 costs 10 euros per child. All other dates can be booked free of charge.

Summer Camp / 4.8., 5.8., 6.8.2021 / 9:30 a.m. each day
Program robots, try out 3D printers or explore materials. At the Summer Camp, visitors aged 6 to 10 can playfully explore the Ars Electronica Center. Starting in the Center’s own children’s research lab, participants will learn about the various thematic worlds of Ars Electronica and consider how they can best help shape the world of tomorrow. The cost is 37 euros per child, 35 euros with the 4youCard and 32 euros with the Upper Austrian Family Card.

PiPaPo cells / 11.8.2021: 09:30 / 26.8., 2.9., 9.9.2021: 09:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Cells are the smallest units of living organisms. Our body alone consists of more than 10,000 billion cells – and each of them fulfils a specific function. Children from 6 to 9 years learn about the structure of these biological chambers of wonders and also about all-rounder cells from which even heart and nerve cells can be grown. In the BioLab, cells will be examined in detail under the microscope and then the participants will build their very own super cells. The cost of the workshop on 11.8.2021 is 7 euros per child. All other dates can be booked free of charge.

Superbrain & Thinker’s Brain / 12.8.2021: 09:30 a.m. / 27.8., 3.9., 10.9.: 09:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
It weighs around 1.2 kilograms, is electrically charged, constantly collects information and also gives lots of commands: the brain. Superbrain & Thinking Brain is all about the structure and functions of the human control centre. For children from 6 – 10 years. Participation on 12.8.2021 is 7 euros per child. All other dates can be booked free of charge.
Circus Robotikus / 17.8.2021: 09:30 / 25.8., 1.9., 8.9.2021: 09:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Raise the curtain on the Machine Learning Studio’s Circus Robotikus. Here, self-driving cars zoom through the area and robots with face recognition show off their dancing skills. And – here comes the best part – the machines are even able to learn. In this workshop, the 8-11 year old participants will build, programme and train fascinating robots. Participation on 17.8.2021 costs 7 euros per child. All other dates can be booked free of charge.

Lots going on in the moss / 18.8.2021: 09:30 a.m. / 25.8., 1.9., 8.9.2021: 09:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Mosses play an important role in the ecosystem in many ways: they store several times their own weight in water when it rains, they can grow on barren soil or bare rocks, and they form the habitat for countless small animals such as mites, springtails, spiders, snail larvae, beetles or even the most fascinating survival artists on earth – tardigrades. Many of these tiny creatures cannot be seen with the naked eye, but under the microscope the moss suddenly begins to live. Costs: Participation on 18.8.2021 costs 7 euros. All other dates can be booked free of charge.

Machine 9 x smart / 24.8., 31.8., 7.9.2021: 09:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Can machines actually “think” or “learn” just like us humans? The answer is quite clearly: “Yes!” We are talking about artificial intelligence, or AI for short. In this workshop, young participants aged 6-10 will learn about different forms of AI and also find out how well or badly machines compare to human intelligence. Participation is free of charge.

Flat world views / 26.8., 2.9., 9.9.2021: 09:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
The question of the nature of the world and the vault of the heavens has probably preoccupied people for tens of thousands of years. From the Babylonian world view with the earth as a disc to the most modern 3D visualisations of our planet, advances in knowledge have influenced and changed world views. In the workshop “Flat World Pictures”, pupils from the age of 9 will design their own world pictures – and they are only flat because the cyanotype technique is used in their design. Participation is free of charge.

AUTOnom / 26.8., 2.9. & 9.9.2021: 1:30 p.m.
Self-driving cars can manoeuvre from A to B without human control. But to be approved for road use, they must be able to react smoothly to a range of challenging situations in a fraction of a second. And this is where artificial intelligence comes in to help cars become smarter. In the Machine Learning Studio, participants aged 12 to 14 will gain insight into the control mechanisms of robotic devices and also learn how computers can see and machines can learn. Participation is free of charge.

Brave new world of work / 26.8., 2.9., 9.9.2021: 09:00 a.m.
Modern technologies have long since found their way into many areas of life. But what impact do they have on today’s jobs? This special guided tour reveals the exciting professions that are hidden behind the Ars Electronica Center’s exhibits and the jobs that are required to run the museum. During a look behind the scenes, participants aged 12 to 14 will learn about a number of current job profiles, and a subsequent workshop will then take them to the Machine Learning Studio, where self-driving cars will be trained and how robots perceive their surroundings will be demonstrated. Participation is free of charge.

Ars Electronica Home Delivery
“Ars Electronica Home Delivery” is a weekly program that includes Guided Tours of Ars Electronica exhibitions, excursions to Ars Electronica Labs, visits to the Machine Learning Studio, concerts with real-time visualizations, Deep Space LIVE sessions, workshops with engineers and talks with artists and scientists from around the world, as well as offerings for schools, universities and companies. “Ars Electronica Home Delivery” aims to make the artistic-scientific examination of the future accessible to as broad an audience as possible.

Ferienprogramm: AUTOnom / Foto: Magdalena Sick-Leitner / Printversion

Ferienprogramm: Machine 9 x klug / Foto: Ars Electronica – Robert Bauernhansl / Printversion

Ferienprogramm: Im Moos viel los / Foto: / Printversion

Ferienprogramm: PiPaPo-Zellen / Foto: Magdalena Sick-Leitner / Printversion