The Science Factory
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|The Science Factory|
The Science Factory in 2010
|Established||22 May 2008|
|Location||Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway|
The Science Factory (Norwegian: Vitenfabrikken) is a science museum located in Sandnes, Norway. It opened 22 of May 2008, and is a major tourist attraction in Sandnes. It is the biggest department of Jærmuseet.
The Science Factory is a science museum with a lot of exciting exhibitions about mathematic, astronomy, chemistry, physics, art, and technology. The regional history about industry and the history of Sandnes are also showcased in the museum. In June 2013 a new exhibition called 100% energy was opened. As a part of the exhibition, the Science Factory has got their own TeslaCoil. In the weekends and summer there are tremendous energy shows, chemistry shows and educational workshops. In the middle of the Science Factory the planetarium looms over the cafe "Brainfood".
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Abel's scetchbook is an interactive exhibition that shows the relationship between art, technology and science.
The name is inspired by the famous mathematician Niels Henrik Abel, who was born not far from Sandnes. The exhibitions is based on the art and industry in the region of Rogaland. The topics included are:
- The brain
- Cultural influence
- Materials (clay, wood, fiber and metal)
- The Science Factory has a Foucault pendulum weighing 60kg and is 11,17 meters.
In the middle of the building the Umoe planetarium looms above the café. It is a large dome-shaped projection screen where you can see the stars, planets and galaxies. In addition to the guided tours of the starry sky, several educational movies about different topics are shown. There are films in Norwegian and in English. There are 57 seats, and was when it opened (2008) as one out of five planetariums in the world using a combined Skymaster ZKP 4 and Spacegate system from Carl Zeiss.
An exhibition about water. You will among other things get the chance to learn something about how researchers work for example with benthic. The exhibition was made with cooperation with IVAR, the company that provides water supply in the region.
- History of Sandnes showcases the industry and cultural history of Sandnes with main focus on the pottery and brickworks industry.
- Krossen Havremølle: is an exhibition that shows the oat processing and how important that has been to the region. The Science Factory also have an exhibition based on some of the works of Leonardo da Vinci.
- The Observation Terrace is located on the fourth floor where there are two telescopes.
Reviews and awards
In 2012 National Geographic wrote this about the Science Factory: "The Science Factory: My favorite place by far, the Science Factory is in nearby Sandnes and serves as a high-tech playpen for kids of all ages. Stargaze in the planetarium..."
The museum received "Museum of the Year 2009" award in Norway, and also the European "Micheletti Award 2009".
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