wwww? - Children learn to consciously observe their living space

Children team up with the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland and research how buildings can be changed for the better


People spend the bigger parts of their lives in buildings. Children and youths team up with university research teams, experts, companies (KARDEA and HERZ) and the club “School generates Energy” to examine the impact of heating, cooling, ambient air quality and sunlight and how these aspects can be altered. The project taught the youngsters a lot about building technologies and introduced them hands-on in a laboratory setting to the university’s degree programs “Building Technology” and “Energy and Environmental Management”. 

Teams made up of students, professors and lecturers visited the participating project groups in their respective schools or kindergartens to inspect the premises. Research units looking at supply and waste management, ambient air condition and comfort or architecture and building materials were prepared considering the age groups of the various participants. These units were prepared with the help of the Pinkafeld technical college and the kindergarten pedagogy institute Hartberg. This allowed the project teams to start right in.

Making the most of the trickle-down effect, the schools‘ students passed on their newly acquired expertise to younger students within the framework of project days at the schools. Through this peer-teaching, students learned that the premises of the schools, the basement or facility room could double as exciting research labs. This also enticed the students to pay more attention to their surroundings and some may even consider to pursue a career in building technology or energy and environmental fields.

At this point we thank FFG, the Austrian Association for Research Funding,  for supporting this Project!

Work in schools and research units

In the course of the project „how do we really live?“ the project coordinators prepared exercises and experiments, so-called „research units“. These research units allowed children and youths to consciously look at and explore the living space building and in particular the space school building.

The file below contains descriptions and manuals for all research units; it is available free of charge. They shall serve as inspiration. The project team welcomes any optimization and continuous development of these units. Please feel free to contact us for further information.

For an overview of the work contributed by the various schools go to:



Participation at enova 2015

Funding agencies, research & cooperation partners

Funding agency

Funding agency

Project team and project manager

Project manager

Project team

Carina Halper, BSc
Anna Grubbauer, BSc
Peter Schantl, BSc

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