On 24th July, the participants of the Secondment visited the Museum of Technology in Vienna. During the trip, team of the project could discover, experience and reflect on different fields of technology and its history, especially history of the Wright flyer. Additionally, it was a great opportunity to vocational integration and to know each other better.
The Vienna Museum of Technology was opened in 1918 and it aims to communicate technical principles. Its collection follows a "learning by doing" approach, and additionally historical exhibits, many of them unique, are showcased in their cultural context. Knowledge is tranferred in an accesible, and sometimes even fun way, that makes it possible to get to easy grip with technology.
The building has been divided into many sections as per the subjects and periods of history such as:
- Nature and Knowledge: astronomy, principals, physics;
- Heavy industry: mining, iron, steel;
- Mass production - luxury goods;
- Everyday life - directions for use;
- Communications and information media;
- Musical instruments;
- Basic Research - A great adventure.
In this time, the participants had the opportunity to follow the locomotive presentation in which it was possible to explain how a steam locomotive functions and where the steam derives its power from to move this heavy vehicle. There was also the large exhibition dedicated to aviation. Therefore, the visitors had the chance to see aircraft engine of Wright Brothers and Lilienthal storm wing model. In Museum of Technology the storm flight model is one of five Lilienthal gliders still in existence worldwide, and the only one of its kind. The other storm flight models are to be found in London, Moscow, Washington and Munich.