“Science and Citizens” project activities combined in Iaşi cultural city, in June, by Alina Scanteie [CRCE Romania].

Because we work with non-formal education, we proposed to our international partners a city hunt, for knowing our city. Divided in three teams, full of curiosity, our partners interacted with the Iaşi citizens to find their way until the “end of the rainbow”.

After the tour, full of new information and knowledge, our project consortium meeting was held in Iaşi’s city symbol – into the grandiose Gothic-revival Palace of Culture that dominates the horizon at the southern end of B-dul ‘Ştefan cel Mare şi Sfânt’. Though it looks as if it stepped out of a medieval fairy tale, the building is only around 100 years old. Visitors can tour the palace, climb the tower and explore four major museums.

The partners exchanged ideas in a room next to ‘Ștefan Procopiu’ Science & Technical Museum. Named after the Romanian physicist Ștefan Procopiu, the Museum consists in a collection that is dedicated to applied sciences and technology, with sections on geology, physics, computers and telecommunications.

‘Ștefan Procopiu’ Science and Technique Museum was established in 1955, under the initial name of Polytechnic Museum, upon the initiative of a group of intellectuals from Iași.
Lăcrămioara Stratulat, Manager of the Palace of Culture talked with us about the less expensive materials that were used when building the edifice. Despite its archaic look, when building the edifice, stone blocks were replaced with lighter and less expensive materials. A material called bois-ciment, that imitates oak wood and was patented by Henri Coandă, was used to ornament some of the rooms.