“Brilliant for my kids to see science in action and have hands on activities. Inspiring future careers?”
Last week was British Science Week which we celebrated with a variety of activities in libraries. At North Prospect children buried time capsules to be opened in March 2020, at Southway they created lava lamps and made music with water. Devonport Library made a good venue for a massive marble run which took over the children's library.
Our Science Week activity culminated in a Science Festival at Plympton Library which saw over 800 children and families attend.
We worked with local companies, schools and STEM Ambassadors to organise lots of fun activities going on throughout the whole day that both children and adults could get involved with.
Library staff organised lots of science themed activity tables as well as a bowl of non-Newtonian slime which is made from cornflour and water. It’s a solid and a liquid and was very popular (and a bit messy!)
Plymouth College of Art helped children create art with devices made from pens and electric toothbrushes!
Positive People and Cosmic UK had a table of Bee Bots which allowed children to program directional instructions into a bug shaped device so they get to the end of a maze.
People got the chance to make their own nutritious fruit drink with the smoothie bike and a teacher from a local school had microscopes and slides looking at pond life which had everyone truly fascinated.
We ran a couple of science themed storytimes too – The Very Hungry Code-a-Pillar where we used a toy that incorporates the basic concepts of coding and also Rosie Revere Engineer where we did an engineering activity that looked at designing, testing and developing a paper helicopter. The kids loved it and a couple of the dads really enjoyed it too!
A team from Babcock International hosted a lego building and engineering workshop which was really well attended as well as an activity stand where children were challenged to screw in various nuts and bolts blindfolded!
We had several STEM Ambassadors who helped the library staff with the activities and even ran activities themselves. Roger created morse code tappers for the children to take away which were made of an LED light, lolly sticks, a rubber band and a coin battery. Sakil informed people about technology used in radiotherapy and the exciting and rewarding careers available in this field.
We also had a 3D printer on show which printed out special Plympton Library Science Fair keyrings which were designed by our very own member of staff, Victoria. Children were fascinated to learn all about the printing process.
VR headsets were also available – they are suitable for anyone over 13, but the adults loved it! For most people it was their first encounter with virtual reality and the app we used involved coming face to face with a gentle Apatosaurus!
Just a few of the comments we received.
“Just enough things to keep all the family interested. Well done!”
“Really fun and informative event. Great that the children can get involved - really hands on.”
“What amazing activities! Thankyou for organising this fantastic event; my children loved it”
“A wonderful opportunity for kids of all ages to learn about all things science/medicine”