A rare example of European Union funding being used in a genuinely visionary way, the CSC is many things, not least (in the words of Poland’s Education Minister shortly before the opening) an attempt to restate the case for science and research in what can still be an intensely and deeply religious country.
Arriving at the main doors of the building you will be met by the centre’s very own Robothespian, a fully programmable humanoid robot that speaks and interacts which visitors can prompt to make a number of sounds and movements (get him to sing the Sound of Music). This will keep the kids busy while you queue at the central ticket desk where you will be given a set of credit card-style entrance passes. You should keep hold of these as not only do they allow you to enter and exit the building throughout the day, but they also allow you to record your results as you move around (which are emailed to you afterwards if you register your email on entering).
There are literally hundreds of experiments spread over two floors: Roots of Civilisation, Humans and the Environment, LightZone, New World on the Move and Bzzz!, the children’s area, aimed at kids between the ages of 0 and 6. Each area demonstrates a range of phenomenon by way of experiments, button pressing, quizzes and in some cases physical exertion.