You can experience the Lab even in times of Corona restrictions!
Even if you cannot visit us live at the moment: The BIOTOPIA Lab Team is there for you and provides you with exciting content, ideas and tips that you can try out and realise at home.
The BIOTOPIA team is working with great ambition on digital and analog formats, experiments and DIY concepts to bring you "hands-on science" to your home until the opening. "BIOTOPIA Lab @ Home" wants to arouse interest in scientific contexts and give you a small foretaste of the activities in the BIOTOPIA Lab - from the bottle garden or your own mushroom cultivation to the isolation of DNA from vegetables and fruits. We also plan to give you a look behind the scenes of the lab with experts who will hopefully make you look forward to your visit soon!
With three exciting experiments, you can create a fireworks of colors in your kitchen. All you need is a UV lamp. All the other ingredients are either already at home or you can easily get them. Impress your friends and family with these experiments and find out which animals and objects are naturally fluorescent!
Do you love the way the seeds of maple trees, lime trees & co. screw through the air? Here you can find out how they do it and you can easily build a paper helicopter based on nature's design. Do you think it will fly with only one wing? Check it out yourself!
An entire ecosystem in a jar - interesting, pretty and easy to maintain! The eternal garden is super easy to build, gives pleasure, looks beautiful and best of all: it doesn't need to be watered for years! Even with simple things, which almost everyone has at home, you can create a completely functioning ecosystem!
Life rages in the soil and there are lots of creatures crawling and creeping around. In this experiment you can take a closer look into a secret world and observe the growth of a root that is normally hidden under the surface of the earth. You can record your observations with a flipbook or on video.
DNA is the basis of life on earth: every living being has DNA. Police officers use DNA traces to solve crimes. But it's not that easy to understand what DNA actually is. Usually we cannot see it. Here we show you how you can isolate DNA from a banana at home and make it visible, and you will learn even more about this topic.
Have you ever looked at the ingredients of your favorite nut nougat cream? Many of them travel halfway around the world to give us our chocolate experience. Palm oil, for example, is now found in every second supermarket product. Unfortunately, however, its production is often associated with environmental destruction and exploitation. Good that our homemade chocolate cream does not need palm oil!
We want to go out and explore the world of fungi with you. Where do they occur? Which colours and shapes do they have? What can we learn from our observation? We will sharpen our senses for nature.
We show you how to start your own mushroom cultivation in a jar. Observe your fungus and the development of the mycelium. If you do it right, you can harvest your mushrooms later and cook something delicious.
Ordinary chestnuts can be used to produce a great detergent.
Games, activities and experiments to discover the forest ecosystem.
Here you can make observations and investigations from home. [Descriptions in German]
Kombucha is a refreshing drink obtained with the help of fermentation processes.
Experience fall with these exciting experiments!
Why do leaves change color in fall? What colors are in the leaves? [In German]
The educational department of the Deutsches Museum shows experiments. [In German]
This video shows how scientists seperate mixtures.