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‘Sex, wot’s the big deal?’, love and sex explained to pre-teens: now in Technopolis

‘Sex, wot’s the big deal?’ is the themed exhibition for adolescents between 10 to 14 years old where they discover everything about being in love, their changing bodies and sex in a playful and responsible way. From 5 October 2011 until 1 May 2012 at Technopolis

Love and sex explained to pre-teens… It’s not an easy task. And yet it is essential! During the teenage years things start to change, puberty begins and infatuation appears with blushing cheeks.

How does it feel to be in love? Why do I get pimples during puberty? How do I kiss someone? And where do babies come from?

There are more than enough questions, but where can adolescents between 10 and 14 years old find the answers? For the first time ever an exhibition explains in a fun, interactive and tactful way everything concerning body changes, feelings, love and making babies. The exhibition also focuses on essential values like respect, mutual agreement, tolerance and equality. The themed exhibition ‘Sex, wot’s the big deal?’ offers an answer to the curiosity of pre-teens by using the animation characters Titeuf and Nadia.

In addition to the exhibition, the public can enjoy the science show ‘Zonder blikken of blozen’ (Without a blush) and the demo ‘Hartenjagen’ (Play hearts). Only available in Dutch. There is a teacher file available explaining the how and why of relational and sexual education. It also gives advice about handling this subject in class. This file also contains a key to the worksheet provided for the exhibition. The worksheet is a guide for 10 to 12 year olds during their visit to the themed exhibition, with amusing questions, great facts, funny cartoons and tailor-made information.

Technopolis worked in conjunction with Sensoa, the Flemish foundation specializing in sexual health, concerning wording, the scientific content, the teacher file and the worksheet. The show and demo were developed together with Sensoa and Jeugd en Seksualiteit vzw (‘Youth and Sexuality’ npo) .

More information about the exhibition, the activities and materials: www.technopolis.be > eng


Technopolis, the Flemish Science Centre

Technopolis endeavours to fascinate everyone with science and technology no matter who or where they are. Up until recently, Technopolis was best known for its popular science centre in Mechelen, which is frequented by especially young families and schools. However, in recent years Technopolis has become a brand for all kinds of activities both inside and outside of Technopolis, both online and offline.