Energy Discovery Center

Partner 16 [ENERGY]

The Energy Discovery Centre (SA Tallinna Tehnika- ja Teaduskeskus, Energia avastuskeskus) operates in the 104 year old Tallinn former power plant building. It has gone through a thorough renovation and was re-opened in June 2014. On more than 3000 square meters at the unique industrial building, Energy`s activities are mainly aimed to children and families, focusing on introducing the topics of energy, natural sciences and technology. The centre houses permanent exhibitions (on the history of producing energy and electricity, classical physics, sounds, lights, etc.) and thematical temporary exhibitions. Along with the historical power plant interior, the centre houses more than 100 interactive hands-on exhibits. A planetarium for virtual space programmes, science theatre room, a teacher’s room, birthday room, seminar rooms and physics classroom with Samsung school-lab technology for virtual study possibilities. The centre offers a place for spending quality time for families while being an important tourism attraction. The centre is also a good partner for schools as the exhibits and programmes are also based on Estonian primary, secondary and high school curricula. The founders of our foundation are Tallinn City Administration, Estonian biggest power company Eesti Energia AS; Tallinn Heating Company Utilitas Tallinn AS, Tallinn University of Technology.

ENERGY is a member of European Network of Science Centres and Museums (EXCITE) and has participated in several international projects like:

  • Energetic Friends – coordinating activities of European Week of Science and Technology in Tallinn; science contest for pupils (2001, funded by European Commission, 5th FWP).
  • Discovering Europe – introducing inventions of European scientists; Science Theatre programs (2004, EU Phare).
  • Hands-On& Brains-On – informal science education programs for primary schools. An innovative laboratory program for science lessons and teacher training (2005-07, European Commission, 6th FWP)
  • Discovery Days – workshops and exchange of science exhibits between science centres of Europe (2007, European Commission, 6th FWP).
  • SCICOM – creating a travelling interactive, informal exhibition on renewable energies with 7 European science centres. (2008-2010, European Commission, 7th FWP)
  • BIOPROM – creating a travelling interactive, informal exhibition on bioeconomy with 4 European science centres (2012 – 2015, European Commission, 7th FWP)

WP Involvement

Teacher Professional Development in SSIBL -Primary Education (WP2)

ENERGY local webpage [et] 

ENERGY PARRISE brochure [et]

Team Profile

Krista Keedus is working as a Member of the Board of Tallinn Technology and Science Centre Foundation, the operator of Energy Discovery Centre.  In 2017, she took the position of Director of Energy Discovery Centre. Krista is holding a diploma in Forest Engineering of Estonian University of Life Sciences (1994), and has completed studies of Biomass Energy in Joensuu University and Business Administration in Tallinn University of Technology. She has strong experience in the field of environmental education and in the management of informal education centres. In addition, she has been in charge of development and coordination of different educational exhibitions and tutorial materials.

Aare Baumer, Energy Discovery Centre, works currently as a research and development manager of Energy Discovery Centre. He has participated as a team member in the consortiums of several European Commission funded projects where Energy has participated. He has a profound experience in creating informal, interactive exhibitions, study programmes for students and teacher training.

Liisa-Riin Laidre, Energy Discovery Centre, works currently as an exhibition project manager at Energy. She has a profound experience in creating informal, interactive exhibitions, study programmes. She has worked in the field of science popularization from 2009. Her different projects concentrated in hands-on-learning educational exhibitions and teacher training.

Jana Paju
, Energy Discovery Centre, works currently as educational specialist at Energy. She has worked as a teacher of physics in secondary and high school, conducted extracurricular nature classes for primary school and has lectured undergraduate and graduate students in Tallinn University of Technology. She has taken part of projects considering experiential learning and teacher training in Tallinn University.

European Commission

PARRISE (grant agreement 612438) is a four year programme (2014-2017) funded by the European Commission.

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