For the 17th year as guests of Achenbach Buschhütten GmbH & Co. KG, our little friends from the neighborhood, the 37 third-graders from the Friedrich von Bodelschwingh School, Buschhütten, and, for the first time, the 45 children from the third grades of the Freie Christliche Schule Siegen were able to experience something unique:
Using a Galileo telescope they had previously built themselves, they explored Mars, which was faithfully reproduced by the English artist Luke Jerram as a planetary work of art 7 meters in diameter, illuminated, rotating and accompanied by spherical music, and hung in the Buschhütten campus for three weeks.
Once again, it was confirmed what the physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) stated with the following wise word: "Basically, you can't teach a person anything, you can only help him discover it within himself."
The three stations of the tour through the Achenbach production (assembly, manufacturing and learn factory), presented with a great deal of ingenuity and love in a way suitable for children, also left the children amazed, smiling and learning. A joint breakfast and later a space ice cream under Mars as well as small related prizes and gifts rounded off the program.
The networking between the University of Siegen with the Haus der Wissenschaft (HdW) and the Chair of Physics Didactics, the Achenbach Buschhütten company and the two elementary schools worked perfectly. The project 'Sachen machen at Achenbach' is all about immersing the children in the world of mechanical engineering, technology and, this year, astronomy: We see this school cooperation as a 'friendship that creates knowledge'.
This is what a family business is all about!