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RAP participants experiment with musical instruments in Experion, a Technopolis science truck.
Photo courtesy Technopolis
Science on the move: Mobile exhibit projects (MEPs)

Technopolis, Mechelen, Belgium
June 1–2, 2004

This first European RAP, co-sponsored by ECSITE and hosted by Technopolis, took place in Mechelen, Belgium. Thirty-nine participants, representing 26 institutions in 15 countries, shared ideas and experiences about outreach based on easy-to-transport exhibits (MEPs) carried in science trucks, science vans, science buses, and even science boats.

Participants shared experiences with launching a mobile exhibit program, staffing and budgets, and marketing. They also toured three science trucks. In the Technopolis' own Experion, students are challenged to save the earth from an exploding alien spaceship by completing nine experiments. Lumbricus, from Germany, is one of several environmental trucks of the Natur- und Umweltschutz-Akademie Nordrhein-Westfalen (NUA) (Nature and Environment Academy of Nordrhein Westfalen). Netmoviel belongs to the Katholieke Hogeschool Kempen, in Flanders. A visit to Technopolis, with a behind-the-scenes tour of the operations, completed the experience.

Submitted by Erik Jacquemyn, Chief Executive Officer, Technopolis

Contact: Patricia Verheyden, Manager of Exhibits

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Solar panels on the roof of Lumbricus supply electricity.
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