These are our main offerings aimed at and accessible to everyone. They are located on three floors and outside, in front of the PCN building.

Aviation exhibition

The basic premise of the exhibition is to arouse visitors' curiosity about objects and phenomena that accompany us in everyday life. In designing the exhibits, we were guided by a preference for differentiated interactivity, building involvement, linking the laws of physics to their practical application. When using the exhibits, it is no longer just the hands and sight that are active, but hearing, touch and the whole body in motion. Some exhibits allow visitors to take on appropriate roles (e.g. pilot, mechanic or motion controller). Thanks to such procedures, visitors are more involved in the interaction with the exhibit, which translates into an increased willingness to explore and an ease in absorbing information.

In addition, at the heart of our "Aviation" exhibition, an unusual attraction awaits you - the "Where do we fly?" flight simulator. This is an advanced device with a moving platform that will take you to the reality of piloting. Based on Microsoft Flight Simulator technology, one of the most realistic simulation games in the world, we offer you an unparalleled piloting experience. It's not just a game. It's a real simulation that allows players to fly in realistic weather conditions that replicate current meteorological data. What's more, the game offers a detailed rendering of our planet, which means you can enjoy realistic landscapes from different corners of the world while flying.

Our simulator uses a moving platform that reacts to every maneuver made during the flight. As a result, participants can feel every turn, acceleration or turbulence as if they were really floating in the air. The experience is so realistic that it is only comparable to a real airplane flight. Which is confirmed by real pilots. This attraction is ticketed additionally and available only to those who have a ticket to the Indoor Expo Zone. Due to the nature of the simulator and the safety of participants, it is intended for people with a minimum height of 140 cm. We invite you to take an unforgettable flight and discover where Our Wings can take you!

In terms of content, the 'Aviation' exhibition is divided into four main zones:

The origins of aviation
Discoveries of the basic principles of physics related to the movement of flying objects: wing loading capacity, airfoil, Bernoulli's law.

Flying objects
Discusses the different types of flying structures - from balloons, to airships, helicopters and aircraft.

Design of flying objects
Aircraft structures including airfoil shape, wing construction, types of fuselage construction, types of engines and how aircraft are controlled.

Air traffic
Here, there are exhibits on the organisation of airports, safety rules for air traffic, radio communication, radar detection of aircraft and human mobility in the world. The entire exhibition is thematically linked to the "Our Civilisation" macro-area and the region's intelligent specialisations - aviation and aerospace. The exhibition is arranged as a popular-scientific story about mankind's quest to conquer the skies.

The spectacular exhibit of the 'Aviation' exhibition is an original single-engine aircraft, manufactured in the Podkarpacie region, which visitors can enter and feel like the pilot of a small flying craft. This exhibit highlights the importance of the region's smart specialisation of aviation. In the space in front of the building, in the open-air exhibition section, two mechanical exhibits relating to the theme 'Aviation' have found their place. These are the 'Gyroscopic Platform' and the 'Adjustable Propeller'. Both of these exhibits are reflected in the content covered in the main exhibition. They provide an incentive to visit the exhibition inside the science centre.

The 'I live' exhibition

The exhibition entitled 'I am alive' is the most extensive exhibition found in the PCN exhibition. It passes through all levels of the building. Divided into five thematic zones, it discusses, in the form of interactive mechatronic and multimedia stations, how the human body functions and the physical, chemical and biological phenomena that affect it. The exhibition is centred around man and his senses and will allow visitors to gain an in-depth understanding of the mechanisms and processes behind the functioning of their bodies, in the broad context of physical phenomena. The zoning of the exhibition allows the visitor to follow a logical path while organising the broad spectrum of issues presented.

I move

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn experimentally and explore topics such as the relativity of motion, its types, the action of various forces on a moving body, such as the action of centrifugal force on a moving body along a track ending in a loop, or find out how the centre of gravity can make an object move up an incline with absolutely no propulsion. The zone focusing on physical principles is rich in hands-on experiments that visualise and simplify the explanation of many complex physical phenomena, so that the knowledge presented is factually correct and at the same time accessible to younger visitors.

Visitors will be able to gain a better understanding of their mobility capabilities, to take note of the wonderful mechanisms with which nature has equipped us, and of the amazing technological developments that enable people with mobility impairments to make increasingly convenient use of technical innovations.

Once visitors have learned what movement is and how their bodies move, they will then move on to the section on transport, i.e. how to move over longer distances. Here, visitors will gain knowledge about the history of means of transport, the ever-expanding technology of engines and the distinction between different propulsion systems, and how far they themselves can go by measuring their steps interactively.


I eat and breathe

As the name suggests, here they will take a journey into the depths of the human body, learn about the processes and activities essential to life, and will be able to take on the role of doctors examining patients in stations with interactive tables, such as an MRI or surgery, inspired by the popular educational game. The exhibition will also discuss issues related to food technology, what is eaten in the world and how certain foods affect our bodies. The stations have been differentiated in terms of interactivity in such a way as to be interesting for the youngest, e.g. the large-format sensory diagram of the digestive system, as well as for slightly older visitors - the interactive crop map.

I see

You will have the opportunity to take a journey through the fascinating world of the senses. You will delve into the mysteries of the functioning of the human brain through experiential interactive stations. You will find answers to questions such as: How do we perceive colours? Is the light we see as white really so? Can still images move? etc.

I hear

The sense of hearing allows us to get to know the world in a completely different way to the sense of sight. You will learn what resonance is, auditory sensation, frequencies, colours and intensities. In addition, using sonar and ultrasound, we will show you how ultrasound is used in medicine and technology. 

I think

The zone shows how our most important organ, which is the main organ of the central nervous system - the brain - works and functions. The stations in this part of the exhibition discuss issues such as intelligence, the ability to learn and memory. Here you will learn about the structure of the nervous system, the brain and the mechanics of how the human being receives external stimuli and translates it into electrical impulses and then into a specific action.

The 'Nature' exhibition

It was composed as a set of interactive stations creating a coherent story about the world on a diverse scale. Based on the idea from the general to the specific, it presents the world from the minuscule, through processes and exhibits on a natural scale, to magnifications straight from the most accurate microscopes. Visitors can learn about the operation of hydroelectric, current and tidal power stations, the steam engine and the operation of turbines. They learn about alternative energy sources and the use of solar energy. Closing the exhibition is the EKO zone, which is an integral part of the Power of Nature. This sums up the Nature exhibition and offers a vision of the future in which environmentally-friendly behaviour such as saving water or segregating waste is presented in an interactive format, but also the city of the future, where visitors can create an energy- and transport-saving urban infrastructure in the form of a virtual model.

The exhibition is divided in two ways. The first is based on the concept of the elements and is built concentrically around an elliptical opening passing through level +1. The inner circle locates everything related to air. Fragments of exhibitions penetrate into the scenographically created world of the Earth with floating and forming clouds. The next circle is fire, i.e. all that is associated with high temperatures, the next is earth and the positions associated with it, and the last element closing the circles is the story of water, which, as a carrier of life, binds the history of mankind and the Earth, not without reason called the blue planet. The second division of the main exhibition involves three main zones:

Nature as we know it
This includes the structure of the Earth, stands explaining the biodiversity of the fauna and flora, geological characteristics, the diversity of ecosystems and species depending on their position on the globe.

Nature we are losing
A section describing human activities that adversely affect the ecosystem. This is where the topics of litter, pollution, islands of rubbish drifting in the oceans, smog or water scarcity come into play.

The Power of Nature - a rescue mission
This section deals with phenomena and processes in nature that can be used in conservation processes (solar energy, water energy, wind energy, earth energy).

Circles of the elements
They systematise the arrangement of the exhibits in the exhibition into zones and sub-zones. These, in turn, are arranged in such a way as to create a coherent story about our planet. It begins with the characteristics of the Earth and its location in the cosmos, followed by a story about its structure, history, geological processes, geography, climate and biosphere. The visitor is introduced to the two largest kingdoms of the Earth: The Plant Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom.

Educational Toys" exhibition

The concept for the exhibition came about because of the exhibition's target group, which is made up of children aged 3-6 years who are characterised by a great curiosity about the world that is their immediate environment. This is when they learn about the natural phenomena they encounter. This is also the age at which mathematical skills develop rapidly. Children learn to classify, to rank, to form sets and subsets, to sort, to arrange by use. Speech is formed at this age. Children learn to build dialogue, construct sentences, ask questions. Therefore, developing these skills is also important in the educational process. Rapid intellectual development, is accompanied by motor development, both large and small motor skills. Toddlers become familiar with the scheme of their own body, and learn both static and dynamic balance. Therefore, an exhibition dedicated to this age group cannot fail to include a number of activity stations. The exhibition concept focuses on supporting the development of all these competences.

Sky adventure

This is the main idea behind the exhibition for children. Due to the limited space and number of exhibits, the themes of the exhibition were narrowed down to those related to the smart regional specialisations of the Podkarpackie Voivodeship (e.g. aviation) and showing the natural assets of the Podkarpackie region. In order to maintain narrative coherence, they were limited to nature conventionally related to space and sky.

On the one hand, it introduces natural phenomena (e.g. weather phenomena, the succession of daylight and seasons), presents plant and animal species characteristic for the Bieszczady Mountains, with an emphasis on birds. On the other hand, it presents physical phenomena that have allowed man to take to the skies, from simple kites to space flight. The little visitors to the exhibition are accompanied in their exploration of the world by two cartoon characters: in the nature section, it is a cloud named Bryzia (after the breeze), and in the nature section, a kite named Dmuszek (after the gust of wind that lifts kites).

The project 'Establishment of the Podkarpackie Science Centre' is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the Regional Operational Programme of the Podkarpackie Voivodeship 2014-2020, Measure: 6.4. Educational infrastructure. The beneficiary of the project is the Provincial House of Culture in Rzeszów.

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