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What do your students want to do as grown-ups? A futuristic theme park designer? A tiger dentist? The smartest private detective ever? Or, who knows, they may have a 'natural talent'? Find out at Technopolis: Xplora is an exhibition about all possible careers and it just got bigger.

Your students can discover their hidden talents! In collaboration with the Flemish Agency for Nature and Forests, we've 'planted' some brand new interactive exhibits!

Xplora, the career exhibition for future geniuses!

Are your students having difficulties to decide what to study? Who can blame them? It's an important decision that will affect the rest of their careers. That's why Technopolis gives them a hand with Xplora. Xplora is aimed at children between 8 and 14 who don't know yet what they want to be: a theme park designer, a dentist for tigers, or who knows, a candy maker? As from 6 November, your students can also test their 'natural' skills. This high-tech career trip will show them the variety of 'green' jobs. Will they become a forester, a tree house builder, a moth specialist, a nature conversation officer, or a landscape specialist?

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Four green high-tech line-ups

The Xplora zone expands because soon, we'll add a new profession: natural talent. Your students will be able to test whether they are a green talent with a passion for animals. We do so by diving into the forest: we experience nature in virtual and augmented reality. This is far from a walk in the park: the installations around the new natural talents are filled with surprising high-tech gadgets. You can learn how to talk with animals, save baby seals and help toads cross the road. The latter is done in augmented reality. Using special glasses, you can also go on a bird safari at the Zwin, without lifting a finger. Together with your students, you'll discover which professions fit them. And there are so many ways to do so!

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Talk to the animals

Can your pupils call titmice? Tell owls where to catch the best mice? Warn a deer when there's danger? Your students will learn how to imitate their sounds by listening carefully and by relentless practising. They'll treat you to their best imitations of special animal sounds!

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Help! Animal in need!

Would they rather help animals in need? Let them become an animal rescuer and bring animals to safety via augmented reality: they'll guide toads to a crossover, bring seals to a quiet sandbank and send bats off to their cave. Everyone safe?

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On bird safari

Thanks to virtual reality, your pupils can go on a (virtual) safari at the Zwin, without moving a foot! They peer through the tower viewer and see a kestrel hovering, waiting for its prey. And beneath their feet, a cormorant dives into the water, while wild geese fly overhead. And who's hiding in the grass? They behold the wonderful world of birds through virtual reality glasses

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Knock on wood

Of course, nature is so much more than just animals. So, your students also work with wood. They'll discover wood is not only found in the forest. It can also be found at home, in the supermarket, or even in a medicine cabinet! Do you know what they can make using wood species such as birch, chestnut or oak? Take the test!

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Here's how you'll become a natural talent!

At the end, a forest ranger, a night butterfly specialist, a landscape expert and a regional biologist manager testify (each and everyone of them natural talents of the Flemish Agency for Nature and Forests) what their job is all about. And (not an unimportant detail) they tell what your students should study in order to follow in their footsteps. It will be a lot easier to answer the question: "What do you want to do as a grown-up?" Of course, the answer will be: "A natural talent!"

Practical

  • Target group: 3rd to 6th grade and 1st grade of secondary school
  • Price: free, included in your one-day Technopolis ticket
phone From 6 November 2017 onwards

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