Press Release 121/2011

Railway, Chocolate Ice Cream, and Fireflies

9th KIT Children’s University Will Start on August 5
Mitmachen ist angesagt bei der KIT-Kinder-Uni (Foto: KIT)
Children at the KIT Children’s University. (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)

How does coincidence work and where are we to drive to refuel the car? How can we look into the interior of man and why do people like chocolate ice cream? These and many other topics will be covered by the 9th KIT Children’s University of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The series of presentations for little researchers aged 8 to 12 will take place from August 05 to 26, 2011. The program includes eight presentations and ten workshops. From July 18, tickets for the presentations can be booked in advance.

Presentations will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays: KIT scientists will take the children on expeditions. In their presentations with experiments, films, and quizzes, they will offer insight in natural sciences and engineering. The first two presentations on August 09 at the Audimax will focus on the car: Why is the car as it is today and where can today’s cars be refueled? This will be explained by two vehicle experts. The presentation on August 16 will deal with the question of how we can look into the interior of the body and how the computer helps the physician diagnose diseases. On August 18, the little students will focus on coincidence and experience some surprises! After the final presentation on August 25, during which the children will be told how ants construct a building and fireflies glow, the KIT Children’s University will celebrate a diploma party with doctoral caps, certificates, and exciting physical and chemical experiments.

Ten Workshops
The little students are asked to take part and be active: Bridge construction, mathematical magics, glass, fire, clouds, rainbows, or racing cars - the little researchers can conduct experiments on their own or report about the experiments on the radio as KIT Children’s University reporters.

Opening Exhibition
On August 05, an opening exhibition will take place at the Audimax. Here, a first overview of the program contents will be provided. The scientists will present the workshops and the workshop tickets may be collected.

Advance Sale and Registration
Tickets for the presentations and the diploma party are available at EUR 1 at the offices of the Badische Neueste Nachrichten (BNN) in Karlsruhe and the region and at the Thalia bookshops on Kaiserstraße and in the Ettlinger-Tor-Center. The workshops require registration via the online form at The tickets will then have to be collected during the opening exhibition on August 05. Advance tickets sale and workshop registration will start on July 18.

Further information and the complete program of the KIT Children’s University can be found at on the internet.

The program of the KIT Children’s University was compiled by the Public Relations and Marketing Service Unit (PKM). The main sponsor is EnBW AG.


Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,600 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 23,300 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

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