From Mudau to Amorbach – the SMART path in the Odenwald
Visitors of all ages can turn into researchers and explorers as they travel between forests, meadows, and brooks.
The adventure path for natural sciences and technology was opened for its users in the summer of 2019. The SMART path runs for 15 kilometres along the Main‑Neckar cycling path. 45 impressive playing and experimentation stations make it the longest MINT outdoor adventure path in Germany. The project was implemented and put into practice by Almholz, a long‑term Sunkid partner.
MINT is short for Mathematics, Informatics, Natural Sciences and Technology. That is exactly what the exciting exploration tour is all about. The goal of the project initiated by the Joachim & Susanne Schulz Stiftung is playfully promoting the joy in discovery, in particular among children and teens, using the hiking and cycling path. They want to contribute to inspiring young people to choose MINT careers. Adults will find exciting experiences and learning opportunities as well. The path is a perfect destination for excursions by nurseries, pre‑schools, schools, youth groups, and families. Interactive elements let the users research and experiment to their hearts' content along the path from Mudau to Amorbach. The individual stations promote motor skills and cognition, but are also an excellent way to have fun and enjoy activities in the fresh air. The elements of the 6 stations were lovingly produced to match the subject matter with great attention to detail. Wood was the main material chosen, in order to strengthen integration into nature, optimally adjusting the path to its environment as well. The phenomena from natural sciences and technology can be explored free of charge and year-round in the Odenwald.