are these visits guided/organised by people from belexpo?
Yes, the BELEXPO climate coaches will welcome you and explain the missions and operation of the wristband. In the exhibition, they accompany you and can suggest how to discover content or lead a debate.
WHAT WILL THE CHILDREN LEARN?
This exhibition allows children to discover all that can be done to make life in the city more pleasant while preserving the quality of the environnement. Food, mobility, consumption, waste, resource and energy management, and the jobs of the future... are all themes that can be addressed during a visit to BELEXPO in a fun, positive and attractive way. And Belexpo is more than just an visit! It provides the building blocks for a successful transition to tomorrow's word, with a helping hand from all citizens. That is why, after the visit you will receive an email giving you access to your group's results, the contents of the exhibition, educational sheets and to resources to help you in your role as a responsible citizen; You and your children will continue to learn even after the visit!
OUR SCHOOL IS LOCATED IN THE COUNTRY SIDE, IS THE EXHIBITION STILL RELEVANT OR IS IT ONLY FOR CHILDREN LIVING IN THE CITY?
Cities and their futures are of everyone’s concern and the subject is part of the school curriculum. In addition, children in the countryside have the opportunity to discover a city and can learn by comparing the city and the countryside. That's a great project! The exhibition thus deals with a multitude of subjects (food, housing, jobs, collaboration, consumption, etc.) that concern everyone.
CAN WE PREPARE FOR THIS VISIT IN ADVANCE?
Good idea: preparation in class = effective visit! Have a look at the "You're going to visit BELEXPO" page.
how do i access the results of my visit?
After your visit, you will receive an e-mail for each "visitor" group. It will give you access to :
- your visit report, which includes the results of the various challenges completed by your group,
- all the contents of the exhibition (in FR and NL only),
- your souvenir photo
- and, above all, activity ideas to extend your visit in various ways, whether as a citizen or as a teacher, via numerous educational activity sheets for 10-16 year olds (in FR and NL only).
The day after your visit, remember to check your mailbox (including spam...)!
IS THERE A WAY TO ADAPT THE VISIT TO OLDER STUDENTS (17-18 YEARS OLD)? if so, in what way?
The exhibition is initially intended for young people aged 10 to 16, but the older students (and even adults) will have fun an also learn. Pedaling to the city of the future, discovering emerging professions, reflecting on your consumption, there is no shortage of topics. Several explanatory panels present the challenges of the environment, giving even more information on the topics discussed in the interactive missions. The panels "Windows on the world" present several innovative projects elsewhere in the word. These panels provide more appropriate information for older age groups. The organisers can also propose certain complementary activities along the way, or even lead a debate. Please do not hesitate to contact the BELEXPO team to prepare the visit.
MY STUDENTS ARE OVER 10 YEARS OLD BUT STILL HAVE SOME PROBLEMS WITH READING. IS THE EXHIBITION STILL ACCESSIBLE?
If your students have reading difficulties, please don't not hesitate to contact the organisers. With your help, they will adapt the visit: strengthen cooperation within your group, suggest missions that require less reading, and offer specific support during a game where reading is essential. You can come and prepare your visit to see how appropriate it is: Finally, why not suggest to some parents that they accompany you?
my youngest daughter is in the 3rd year of primary school. does this mean she's not part of the target group?
Children in the 3rd year of primary school are still a little young. But you can come with your family and help your youngest daughter accomplish her missions!
WHAT DO YOU OFFER AS AN ADAPTED GUIDED TOUR FOR A GROUP OF ADULTS?
The exhibition was designed mainly for children aged 10 to 16, but adults quickly get into the swing of things! Pedaling, cultivating vegetables, improving a home, working together to improve the life of a neighbourhood, discovering emerging professions... there’s plenty to do! In parallel with the route linked to the connected wristband, you will discover explanations on the challenges of the urban environment, including climate change, as well as windows on the world that present solutions in innovative cities. Please do not hesitate to contact the BELEXPO team to prepare the visit.
I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF IT IS POSSIBLE TO COME FOR A VISIT WITH AN ADULT AUDIENCE OF PEOPLE LEARNING FRENCH?
Yes, BELEXPO has already hosted such groups and it was very successful. We advise you to book during a quieter period, for example in the afternoon or on weekends. Please do not hesitate to contact the organisers to arrange a visit.
hOW MANY TEACHERS OR SUPERVISORS WOULD YOU SUGGEST FOR THE VISIT? IS ONE TEACHER AND ONE PARENT ENOUGH FOR OUR GROUP OF 30?
At least three BELEXPO hosts are present to welcome school groups. Therefore, for a group of 25 pupils aged 10 to 16, two supervisors are sufficient per group of 30.
WHERE CAN WE FIND A PLACE TO PIcNIC?
On weekdays, you can make a reservation of some tables at the Restobel. You also can picnic in the adjacent Gare Maritime, a former goods station, which is completely covered and has recently been renovated. There are several chairs and benches which can be used by everybody. It is not possible to make reservations for these. Visit the website "tour & taxis" for more information.
can you recommend other excursions to do with the children in the area?
There is a park behind the T&T site, where children can play and discover nature. Here is a map and some activities.
In November 2018, an obelisk dedicated to Human Rights was erected in this park. Find it and use it to raise awareness among your students.
On request, we can also offer you a discovery of the work of soil technicians: you will meet soil inspectors who work in the Brussels Region and who will introduce you to their field; your students will learn how to take a sample with the help of augers (soil drills).