Bad Soden, Germany,

Holiday games: Messer invites 59 children to discover the world of gases

Diving into the world of gases: on Wednesday 4 July 2018, Messer, a family-owned company based in Bad Soden, offered 59 children aged 10 to 13 the opportunity to discover gases and their positive properties as part of the Ferienspiele, a programme of organised holiday activities.

Messer, the largest privately managed industrial gases specialist in the world, guided the children through the permanent company exhibition in small groups. The exhibition offers lots of scope for discovery and fascinating experiences. The centrepiece is a 60-year-old restored air separation unit. Messer has prepared the unit so that visitors can see inside it, allowing them to gain a better understanding of the process of separating air into its main components – nitrogen and oxygen. The fact that industrial gases are needed for environmental protection, for instance in the recycling of reusable materials, is illustrated very clearly by ground-up rubber and a doll’s refrigerator. Xenon lamps, helium balloons and a welded bicycle frame make it clear that while the world of gases may be invisible, it is no less exciting. Before the day ended with a pizza, the children of Bad Soden had the opportunity to demonstrate their newly acquired knowledge in a short quiz.