An urbane pedagogy concept.
The creation and development of the Kids’ Sphere was the result of the Atomium’s desire to create an educational project based on the building’s characteristics and features as well as its history and its symbolic value.
The resulting project invites children to spend a night at the Atomium; to marvel at the panoramic view of Brussels from its spheres; and to make the most of their visit to discover other symbolic parts of Brussels
The desire to highlight the educational aspect of the Atomium is based on the idea that towns and cities play a major role in society today. Understanding this environment which is both familiar and worrying is certainly a key area for integration and development for children.
As far as the practicalities are concerned, the group of children and their accompanying adults arrive at the Atomium at 5.30pm and spend the night there. A film is put on, and all meals and facilities are laid on in the Sphere. The children sleep in small groups (3-4 maximum) in the mini-spheres, also referred to, rather poetically, as raindrops
, which have been specially designed by the Spanish artist Alicia Framis
The next morning, after breakfast in the Kids' Sphere, there is a presentation about the Atomium. The experience ends at 10am in the morning.