A steady hand

Have you got a steady hand?

You have a limited time and need to calm yourself and steady your hand if you are not going to touch the wire.



Water cannons

Let the water go!

The water goes with a bang in our hydraulic high-pressure pistols. Fill the water tanks, pump in the air, press the handle and see what happens! 

The water is heavy, the pumps are different and how do they work? Most of the fresh water in the world is located underground or in rivers and lakes so we need to pump it up, out and round to be able to use it.

In Waterworks you can use your strength on lots of different pumps. Some you can use on your own – others you will need help with.



Move the ball with your thoughts

Don’t try too hard; take it calmly and peacefully. Electrodes in the headband measure the alpha and theta waves that you can see on the screens. They are sent to a computer which increases them and sends them over to move the ball. Theta waves occur when you are tired and daydreaming, alpha waves occur when you are calm and relaxed.


Digging machines

Can you manage a big digger?

Dig ditches, level paths, build roads and banks or maybe dig all the way to China! A special motorised digger awaits you at Universe. We have three large diggers available in all seasons.

Play with the diggers and assess your technique. The three vehicles are small versions of Volvo’s large EC25 model. We have called them Nora, Mathilde and Karoline.



Segway – you are in charge!

Do you like fast speeds, relaxed drives or more fluid movements? On the segway course, you can decide for yourself. Here you can test your strength using your balance without wearing out your shoes. Over hills and round slalom-like bends and curves on the challenging and winding course.

Lean forwards and you will move forwards, lean backwards and you will move backwards. Your body balance controls the speed and steers for the high-tech segway – and even makes it brake. A short introduction, then you are ready to roll.  



Which contains the most energy – a litre of oil or a strong cold front?

The answers can be found in the EnergyLab activities at Universe – but it will take both brain and brawn to find them.


Lift A Car

Who can lift a car?

You can! Does that sound crazy? It is. But with the Universe’s giant “Lift a Car” hoist it is possible.

This is because of the principle of levers! Take a rope and lift a car. Pull the rope, climb up or call for help. Your weight is very important for your success as a car lifter. If you can’t lift the car you will need to change your position or get help from your friends or parents. Keep trying. Suddenly the car moves – with nothing more than your strength!



Mirror neurones

Do you mirror yourself on other people?

Have you ever realised that our brain mirrors other people’s movements like we made them ourselves? This gives us an understanding of other people’s behaviour and ideas.

How do you react when a cyclist falls off his bike or others laugh?




Beware of the cold...

The temperature drops and the walls become ice when you go through the ice tunnel and into the glacier that bangs and shakes like a drifting ice sheet.

Put your hands on the wall – but be careful: it is as cold as ice!

Learn about glaciers
Read more about glaciers here >

Chain pump

Pump water like a sailor

The chain pump is a very simple pump. Until 1900 it was used to bail out water from wooden ships when the water level inside the hull became too high.

Pull and you will see. The pump is driven by a chain – and the chain is driven by...you!




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