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									                      Ecsite Annual conference 2007
                      Session: Science centres for
                                                             Ecsite
                                                             2007

                      young visitors
                                                             Lisboa


                      Date and time: 1er june, 09:15




                      La Cité des enfants
                      new generation!




                      Speaker : Marie-Pierre Lahalle
                      Cité des sciences et de l’industrie,
                      Paris
With the support of
                                                       Ecsite


The current Cité des enfants
                                                       2007
                                                       Lisboa




              • Creation
                - in 1992
                - welcome 8,000,000 visitors
              • Public
                - individuals & families : 68 %
                - school & groups        : 32 %

              • Age range
                - younger children: 3 to 5 year olds
                - older children: 5 to 12 year olds
              • Session visit
                - session duration: 1h30
                - number of sessions: 4 to 6 a day
                                                           Ecsite


What is the Cité des enfants for?
                                                           2007
                                                           Lisboa




              • Contribute to the development of
                children, specially for the youngest
                ones, 3 to 6 year olds
              • Introduce them to science, specially for
                the oldest ones, 6 to 12 year olds
              • stimulate children’s curiosity and give
                them a better understanding of the
                world they live in
                                    Ecsite


What is the Cité des enfants for?
                                    2007
                                    Lisboa
                                     Ecsite
                                     2007
                                     Lisboa




So, why did we decide to renew our
Cité des enfants ??
                                        Ecsite

Expand the exhibition area              2007
                                        Lisboa




                                Today
        3-5




•   2,600 m² exhibition aera
     3-5 year olds (825 m²)
     5-12 yera olds (1765 m²)
•   < 500,000 visitors a year
                                                                                   Ecsite

Expand the exhibition area                                                         2007
                                                                                   Lisboa




                                                  11 décembre 2007




                                                                      Tomorrow




                                                       février 2009



•   2,600 m² exhibition aera     •   3,800 m² exhibition aera
     3-5 years old (825 m²)          2-7 year olds (1700 m²) in decembre 2007
     5-12 yeras old (1765 m²)        5-12 year olds (2100 m²) in february 2009
•   < 500,000 visitors a year    •   Target: 650,000 visitors a year
                                                                     Ecsite


Adapt to new generations of public
                                                                     2007
                                                                     Lisboa




Welcome a younger public
• For younger children (2-7), special attention to children of 2-3
year olds
• The new CDE creates an overlap for the 5 to 7 age range

Upgrade content by including recent scientific or educational
advances
• For younger children (2-7): emotions / social identity /
understanding of images / representation and construction
of space
• For older children (5-12): sustainable development /new imaging
                                                                     Ecsite


Give a key role to adults
                                                                     2007
                                                                     Lisboa




La Cité des enfants - New Generation is not for kids only…
The new CDE will give an important role to parents or teachers
by urging them to participate in the visit.




                                   interacting with your child

                                   stepping back and observing him

                                   encouraging him to do it alone
                                        Ecsite
                                        2007
                                        Lisboa




What will it look like?
La Cité des enfants for 2-7 year olds
                                    Ecsite


A spatial organisation in 5 zones
                                    2007
                                    Lisboa
                                                                Ecsite


A spatial organisation in 5 zones
                                                                2007
                                                                Lisboa




5 themes cover the objectives of this new CDE
Help children to :
• Build their individual and social identity
• Enhance their thought processes
• Define their spatial and time-related reference points
• Develop their very first scientific and technical curiosity
                                             Ecsite
                                             2007

Theme 1. I discovery myself                  Lisboa




                              5 sections
                              • My body
                              • My capabilities
                              • Growing up
                              • Family and
                              Friends
                              • My emotions
                                              Ecsite
                                              2007

Theme 2. I know how to do it                  Lisboa




                               7 sections
                               • Wooden
                               machines
                               • Animals
                               • Balances
                               • The garage
                               • Images
                               • Lines
                               • Letters
                                              Ecsite
                                              2007

Theme 3. Positioning myself                   Lisboa




                              3 sections
                              •Exploring
                              •Representing
                              space
                              •Organising
                                       Ecsite
                                       2007

Theme 4. All together                  Lisboa




                        3 sections
                        •The building site
                        for older children
                        •The building site
                        for younger
                        children
                        •The circus
                                          Ecsite
                                          2007

Theme 5. First experiences                Lisboa




                             3 sections
                             •Water
                             •Air
                             •Light
                                                       Ecsite

How do we work?                                        2007
                                                       Lisboa




             Exhibition program and content:
             internal teams
             • With the support of childhood experts


             Design: external teams
             For the design of the exhibition
             space and of the exhibits, we
             worked with external teams :
             • Architect - scenographer
             • Exhibit designer
             • Graphic designer
                                                                         Ecsite


Sponsors
                                                                         2007
                                                                         Lisboa




La Cité des enfants - new generation has received support
from two partners who are actively invested in this project


                    La MAIF
                    • Involved in: « Children together » multimedia
                      about socialisation




                    La Fondation Electricité de France
                    • Involved in: « La libellule électrique » artiste
                      work on Energy
            Ecsite
            2007



Thank you
            Lisboa

								
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