Xperimania - Year I

Faced with the lack of scientifically-educated young people, the major petrochemical producers in Europe entrusted Appe with the development of an educational programme geared at raising awareness of the benefits of petrochemistry and motivating young people for scientific education. This was the starting point of “Xperimania – From Molecules to Materials”, which was launched in the 27 EU members-states in September 2007. The dedicated website was available in 22 languages.

Winners of Xperimania recognised in Brussels

The winning students of the first Xperimania – from molecules to materials –competitions were awarded prizes at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels on 16 September 2008. The 10 winners and runners-up coming from Bulgaria, Malta, Hungary, Poland and Cyprus were accompanied by over 60 high-level guests representing the European Institutions, the European Chemical Industry, staff from Cefic and European Schoolnet, and also fellow students and teachers from across Europe.

Xperimania winners announced: girls come out on top in science competition

Three girls have won the first Xperimania competitions on materials and chemistry. Kristiana A. and Detelina N. from Bulgaria, and Deborah F. from Malta won the two main prizes. The runners-up and special mentions were awarded to pupils from Hungary, Poland and Cyprus. The competitions run via the Xperimania website, which aims to promote science education via fun experiments and topics on materials, petrochemistry and their impact on daily life.

Take part in Xperimania competitions and get a funny gadget – deadline extended to 31 May 2008

Secondary school students all over Europe have until 31 May, 2008 to participate in the Xperimania competitions. Each participant will get a fun gift for each entry submitted between 1 April and 31 May. Overall winners will receive media players and a trip to Belgium including a visit to one of the largest petrochemical research centres in Europe.

Xperimania has published an eTwinning project kit

The Xperimania project kit is now available on the eTwinning home page ( The ready made project kit provides a step-by-step guide for teachers to conduct Xperimania activities or participate in one of the attractive competitions!

Press pack

In this section you will find the Xperimania I Press pack and the buttons and banners to download.

Press Release

Xperimania: fun experiments and activities on materials and chemistry

Make science education a fun experience with Xperimania

Europe is facing a crisis in science education with fewer and fewer students pursuing studies or careers in science. Xperimania ( aims to combat students’ bad perception of chemistry by offering fun yet simple hands-on activities to help teachers revitalise their teaching, and raise awareness of petrochemistry among secondary school students. Boosting young people’s interest in science is a priority for Europe to remain a knowledge-based economy fostering innovation.