Experiments for staying at home: Who invented the helicopter?

Exciting ideas and creative experiments in the fields of science, future mobility, digitalization and the children’s overall experience from day to day life: That is the “Geniux Box”. With this hands-on experiment children aged 6-8 learn about Henrich Focke, the inventor of the helicopter – and build their very own little helicopter.

Using only very little material, this experiment leads to a fascinating effect: The handcrafted helicopter is able to fly through the entire home and means fun for days, even after handcrafting it. Furthermore, the experiment conveys technical and historical background knowledge in a child-oriented manner. 

Please click on the image to navigate directly to the corresponding idea cards and additional documents in the Genius Box.

Even more ideas in our ‘Genius Box’

The progressive spread of the coronavirus has consequences for the entire public and private life. Schools are closed and people are urged to stay at home if possible. So it is necessary to improvise and switch to digital content for teaching and school – you will find this in our Genius Box.

The Genius Box contains exciting and stimulating idea cards for grades 1-6. Use our Genius Box as supplementary home learning teaching material or to enrich existing teaching units.

Let us inspire you: Participatory experiments and other creative tasks from the subject areas of natural phenomena, future mobility, digitalisation and children’s living space are waiting to be discovered and tried out in a playful way. The Genius Box also contains clever method games – everything clearly arranged, concise and compactly prepared for you.

Please click here to find all contents of the Genius Box.
(Since Genius is a German initiative, the Genius Box unfortunately contains only a small amount of selected content in English.)


About Genius

Genius is Daimler’s educational initiative for MINT topics. Under the motto “More curiosity – more future”, Genius encourages children and young people to develop an enthusiasm for science and technology. For teachers of all types of school Genius provides teaching materials and training courses and thus access to the latest practical knowledge in automotive technology. 

Learn more about the Genius initiative, browse through the newest articles concerning all kinds of mobility topics or explore the world of Daimler together with kids reporters Alex and Milena


Title photo: Adobe Stock // Zarnell