Magic spells have a long and rich history. They illustrate the idea of making things happen by using nothing more than words. How we do things with words in our everyday lives – without spells or magic wands – is the focus of the Children’s University lecture held by Heiko Hausendorf, professor of German language and literature.
Has there ever been a shark as big as a bus? Yes, there has, as paleontologist Christian Klug will demonstrate. He has dug out shark skeletons in the desert and can provide insights on these fascinating finds.
Law professor and Vice President Christian Schwarzenegger will explore the question of whether even 10-year-olds can end up in prison. What happens when children break the law in Switzerland? From what age will they be punished? In Colorado in the US, for example, children as young as 10 can already be treated and prosecuted as adults.
And a question that all of us have probably asked ourselves will be answered by pilot Beat Brändle, who flies for Swiss: How can such heavy machines as airplanes take off and stay up in the air?
The lecture series on these four topics takes place on Wednesday afternoons. In addition, there are eight workshops to choose from. The workshops take a deeper look at specific topics, which include how the kidneys work, how optical illusions fool us, the chemistry of light and color, and how electricity is generated.
The events are free and aimed at children from third to sixth grade. Participation is open to all irrespective of school performance.