Värkkää ja törkkää

Lapsia värkkäämässä teknisiä vempaimia.

TUE 3.12. AT 4–7 PM

How can I make a smartphone talk or an invention move? What does the world look like from the perspective of a snake, and what does X-ray vision reveal about the innards of a beetle?

With the help of researchers and science educators, you can personally experiment and find out at the Think Corner tinkering workshops! The event is targeted at people of all ages, and the stations are open during its entire three-hour duration.

The event is part of the Smart as HEL series investigating the intersections of accelerating digitalisation and human skills.

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Exploration stations

Vowel laboratory
Modern smartphones and computers understand spoken commands and are able to speak themselves, but how is that possible? The vowel laboratory of Samuli Siltanen, professor of industrial mathematics, investigates how humans produce speech and how it is imitated with the help of mathematics. At the vowel laboratory, you get the chance to talk with the help of a buzzing device and take a look at models of the vocal tract produced by a 3D printer.
Tinkering with mobile inventions
Welcome to the world of mobile inventions! How can you make an invention or a machine move? This station is overseen by the project planning officers of the Innokas network as well as early childhood education teachers Asta Ansolahti and Laura Salo. Innokas, a network coordinated by the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Helsinki, guides schools towards creative and innovative activities with the help of technology.
3D X-ray vision
Use X-ray vision to see inside a beetle! Tomography, which means imaging by sections, makes it possible to see inside objects without breaking them. At this station, you will take a closer look at colourful tropical beetles by using a 3D model computed from X-ray images. The station is overseen by Alexander Meaney, a doctoral student in mathematics at the University of Helsinki.
A thermal imaging camera makes the invisible visible
Does the world look different to a snake? Can the invisible be made visible, and can you leave hidden messages just by using your hands? Come and see what you can uncover with thermal imaging cameras! The station is overseen by Peitsa Veteli from the Helsinki Institute of Physics (HIP), who is studying at University of Helsinki to become a physics teacher.
Spider station
Take a peek into a microscope or watch scientists at work! At the spider station, spider species collected from around the world are analysed, investigating their identifying characteristics. The station is overseen by researchers from the Finnish Museum of Natural History Luomus as well as bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral students from the University of Helsinki.

Try out nature simulations
How do we know when an animal or plant species is in danger of extinction? At the station overseen by Filipe Chichorro, a doctoral student at the Finnish Museum of Natural History Luomus, you get to try out the nature simulations employed by researchers. A computer model is used to test the survival of species, or which characteristics make a species successful or their numbers decline.

Invisible made visible
What is radiation? What is electricity? Come see and try out for yourself how the invisible can be made visible. Build an electric piano and disco lights. The station is run by the researchers and engineers from the Helsinki Institute of Physics (HIP).

Roll the dice of chance
Why is being different a perk in a changing environment? Why does one species go extinct and another thrive? In this game, you are introduced to an imaginary species of beetles living on Madagascar and get to see how they survive tumultuous changes in their environment.

Superconducting magnetic levitation train
In a superconducting state, materials conduct electricity without any resistance and completely expulse magnetic fields. This is the principle that enables magnetic levitation trains to travel at high speeds at the temperature of liquid nitrogen. Is this the future of train travel? The station is run by researches from the X-Ray Laboratory of University of Helsinki Department of Physics.
Explore University of Helsinki virtually
Fly over the observatory, meet the cows of the Viikki research farm, wander the halls of the National Library of Finland, stop by at a biobank in Meilahti or visit the particle accelerator laboratory in Kumpula. Using VR headsets, you can explore University of Helsinki’s different campuses and units.