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A bridge between fantasy and science

The Space Club of the KIDS & CO Association spellbound children, young people and adults alike for twelve years – from 25th September 1998 to 31st December 2010. It was the aim of this project to spark enthusiasm among the young people for science and technology, especially for aerospace. The Space Club availed of a unique and imaginative setting – the “Lunar Base”, a walk-in lunar landscape and planetarium – developed and built with young science-fiction fans, who experienced many a space adventure here and also turned them into their own films.

The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and the European Space Agency (ESA) supported the work of the project with presentations and information materials suitable for children. Astronauts, such as Sigmund Jähn, Hans Wilhelm Schlegel, Sergej Saljotin and Alexander Serebrov or NASA representative Jesko von Putkamer were among the most prominent visitors of the project. We were also able to welcome the Federal Minister for Family Affairs Dr. Christine Bergmann.

The Berlin Rocket Model Sports Club participated with a model building course for children. Weather station, internet-connected computers with astronomy software, many films and a large collection of simple experiments suitable for children made the Space Club to a learning place of a special nature. This is where you could use a bin liner, some wire, aluminium foil and spirit to make a functioning hot air balloon within a short period of time. Furthermore, the sun could be observed through a telescope or pocket rockets of some 3 centimetres in length were built from aluminium foil and matches and then launched.

The project was built entirely from donations and looked after voluntarily or with the help of labour exchange sponsored jobs. Unfortunately, it was not possible to secure the work on this basis in the long term.

Space Club picture gallery