Our Copernican Revolution Lab we be a place for conducting experimental research on learning processes and implementing science, research and R&D programmes. We want to cooperate with partners from academic, scientific and business fields. All this in order to transform the culture of learning and contribute to changing the educational environment and adapting it to the needs and challenges of the society of the 21st century.
Already now the Copernicus Science Centre comprises a whole complex of buildings: the main building, the Planetarium and Exhibition Pavillion 512, situated just next to Bulwary Wiślane (Vistula Boulevards). All of them are located around the green area of the Discovery Park.
The Copernican Revolution Lab building will be yet another important component of this area. It will be standing in the immediate proximity of the Copernicus Science Centre and joined with it by a skyway. We want the new building to be an example of modern, ecological architecture that fits perfectly with its surroundings.
Rich and diverse programme of activities that will take place in the CRC requires arranging multifunctional space in a way that will allow modifications and unconventional use. This is a real challenge for designers.
We want to divide the whole thing into several zones:
This is intended for children and teenagers with teachers/guardians, educators and partners of the CRC. We have divided it into 3 sub-zones, taking into account the sophistication level of technological devices.
NO-TECH Zone will be a zone with no specialist equipment or technical tools. It will be used for training, workshops, conceptual work and meetings.
LO-TECH Zone will be equipped with basic laboratory equipment and tools. We want to create two big labs here (Wet Lab and Dry Lab), adapted for the purpose of conducting biology, physics, chemistry, technics classes there. Each lab will have the capacity of 32 people (i.e. a standard school class). If necessary, it will be possible to rearrange each lab so that it’s suitable for 16 people. The LO-TECH zone will also feature a FabLab, equipped with traditional tools (such as hammers and screwdrivers), as well as modern devices (3D printers, laser cutters, etc.) During classes and workshops, participants will identify and solve problems by, for example, creating and testing prototypes.
HI-TECH Zone will be space for more advanced research and science. It will be equipped with top-notch technology, tools and professional laboratory equipment. This is where we want to conduct development works: create new workshop formats, prototype exhibits and educational toys, perform interdisciplinary scientific tests, etc.
The CRC will conduct a lot of research based on interviews, observations and questionnaires. In the Focus zone, there will be rooms with specialist equipment for conducting group interviews, discussions, observations with the use of a one-way mirror, making audio-video recordings, and much more.
These will be partially made available to our external partners for the purpose of performing psychological research and studies, teaching and meetings of research workers. These will include individual work studies for scientists (adapted for analytical work and performance of experiments), labs for teams equipped with computers, and seminar rooms.
Our wish list is already quite impressive, but that’s not all. The CRC building also has to accommodate office space, a showroom, where we will present currently developed projects, a foyer, a cloakroom and a café.
All of the above has to fit into one, 3-storey building with a capacity of 600 people.