On Saturday, October 24, the FIS Science department participated in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region’s biennial community science open house event: Die Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften (The Long Night of Science). During this event, the research laboratories of various public and private institutions, including Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen Nürnberg (FAU), Max Planck Institute, Fraunhofer Institute and Siemens, are open and invite members of the public to come in and learn more about the scientific work being conducted in our region.
As in past years, the FIS opened its doors for the afternoon’s Kinderprogramm (children’s event) and afforded aspiring scientists the opportunity to try their hand at various chemistry, physics and biology experiments related to the theme “food”. A capable team of FIS high school students assisted our young visitors under the leadership of dedicated parent volunteer and Scientist Dr. Hanh Nguyen. Some of the activities enjoyed by the children included chemically testing snack foods for sugar, sucking hard-boiled eggs into narrow-necked Erlenmeyer flasks and observing the explosion of a red baking soda and vinegar volcano. Thanks to the support of our students and Dr. Nguyen the afternoon was a lively success. We invite members of the school community to join us for the next event in October 2019.