BIOTOPIA activities for your home

With an exciting hands-on program, the BIOTOPIA Lab can also be experienced at home. Instructions, experiments and do-it-yourself concepts bring "hands-on science" into your own four walls. BIOTOPIA Lab@Home awakens interest in scientific relationships and provides inspiration for young and old. It gives a taste of the activities in the BIOTOPIA Lab - from bottle gardens or growing your own mushrooms to isolating DNA from vegetables or fruit. The spring diary makes you want to go out into nature and enjoy the scent of plants or observe animals up close. Browse the website and find the right experiment for home!

The Mystery Object

With our mystery objects you can search for clues online. We present you with objects that you probably don't know what they are. Seven clues provide information about the objects - but be careful: Only half of the clues are true! Will you find out what is a lie and what the mysterious objects are?

BIOTOPIA presents treasures from the Bavarian State Natural Science Collections (SNSB) in the form of exciting object stories with the mystery objects in the BIOTOPIA Lab. Each object is described in the dissolution video by an SNSB scientist.

Videos from the BIOTOPIA Lab

In addition to our do-it-yourself ideas and info pages, the BIOTOPIA Lab@Home team continuously produces videos on interesting topics.

Do it Yourself:
Ideas from the BIOTOPIA Lab

You want to experiment, create and research yourself? Then you have come to the right place!
Our Lab Pilots are constantly developing new experiments, recipes and ideas for you, which you can easily try out at home.

Regrowing vegetables from food scraps

Experiments at home

Is everything in the organic garbage can really waste? Not necessarily! Many vegetable scraps can sprout again under the right conditions. In this tutorial, we show you how to give new life to spring onions, romaine lettuce and herbs.

How does upright walking work?

Explanatory video

One of the most important differences between us humans and apes is that we are able to walk permanently upright on two legs. But why is that actually so? And how does it work in the first place? What are the anatomical differences between us and our closest relatives that allow us to walk upright?

Natural colours: Painting with earth, sand and clay

Experiments at Home

Black or brown soil? Yellow clay? Reddish clay? Grey gravel? These are all colors that you can bring to your paper. This way, your picture not only tells a story, but you also know exactly the history and origin of your own natural colors!

The Biotopia Lab Black Light Spectacle

Experiments at Home

With three exciting experiments, you can create a fireworks of colors in your kitchen. All you need is a UV lamp. All the other ingredients are either already at home or you can easily get them. Impress your friends and family with these experiments and find out which animals and objects are naturally fluorescent!

Print with tree leaves and get creative

Crafting at Home

We get the nature on our painting blocks. Together we'll create colorful works of art by printing and designing with leaves. Discover the many different colors and shapes of tree leaves and use them in your artwork. Let your imagination run wild.

Colors of the world

Extract the colors of a flower!

Particularly striking and important colors in nature are reds and yellows. They can be found everywhere: in tulips, eggs, fish... In this experiment, you can take a look at nature's tricks and explore the secret of its colors. We will isolate the dyes of tulip flowers and find out what makes them so special.

Greenhouse gases: Oceans and our climate

Experiments at Home

What does climate change have to do with the ocean? How are water, CO2 and temperature connected? In this experiment you will become marine scientists and amateur chemists to find out more about what climate change does to seawater.

Code of Life: Isolate DNA from a banana

Experiments at Home

DNA is the basis of life on earth: every living being has DNA. Police officers use DNA traces to solve crimes. But it's not that easy to understand what DNA actually is. Usually we cannot see it. Here we show you how you can isolate DNA from a banana at home and make it visible, and you will learn even more about this topic.

Flying seeds - the simplest Helicopters in the world!

Experiments at Home

Do you love the way the seeds of maple trees, lime trees & co. screw through the air? Here you can find out how they do it and you can easily build a paper helicopter based on nature's design. Do you think it will fly with only one wing? Check it out yourself!

Make your own chocolate spread


Have you ever looked at the ingredients of your favorite nut nougat cream? Many of them travel halfway around the world to give us our chocolate experience. Palm oil, for example, is now found in every second supermarket product. Unfortunately, however, its production is often associated with environmental destruction and exploitation. Good that our homemade chocolate cream does not need palm oil!

Of all the senses:
See, smell, hear, taste, feel...

This section is all about our senses. There are exciting experiments to try out, you can trick your senses and challenge them.
Have fun browsing!

The world of fungi:

Our former pop-up exhibition "Fungi for Future" was all about fungi. We have developed various activities, experiments and ideas for you with which you can explore the world of these fascinating creatures at home!

You have become curious? Find out here what else you can experience in the BIOTOPIA Lab!





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