MirrorsDiscover the beauty of symmetry
Information for teachers

This new temporary exhibition at the Copernicus Science Centre gives visitors a chance to look at themselves and the world from a different perspective, and to see for themselves how many fascinating science-related phenomena mirrors have in store for us. The exhibition touches upon the laws governing the universe, where symmetry plays an important role. Visitors will see that mirrors allow us not only to study and discover the world, but also to perceive the beauty hidden within it.

This exhibition was produced by Technorama in Switzerland, one of the world’s most important science centres. The concept for the interactive exhibits was co-created by Richard Gregory, a British psychologist of perception.

The theme of the exhibition is the creation and observation of reflected images. It can serve as an opportunity to combine natural-science education with artistic education, usually kept separate by the traditional subject-based division of lessons at school. At the Copernicus Science Centre, students have a unique chance to transcend such limitations. Experiencing reality from different perspectives simultaneously, through scientific investigation and also artistic sensibilities, enables them to better understand the world. It also builds motivation in students, who have a chance to develop and follow their own interests, depending on their own personal learning style.

Visual perception and spatial orientation lie at the foundation of human intelligence, and also mathematical capabilities. Research has shown that the early development of spatial thinking has greater importance for future success in mathematics than an early ability to count. Mathematical skills (like artistic abilities) are frequently perceived as something innate, but in fact they can be practiced and developed.

In connection with the Mirrors exhibition, the Copernicus Science Centre will hold special workshops for teachers of various subjects, interested in combining elements of artistic and natural-science education together.

Temporary Exhibition

15 October 2015
– 12 June 2016

Entry included in admission to the Copernicus Science Centre.