Hundreds enjoy latest science workshops at Discovery Plant headquarters in Ramsgate – The Isle Of Thanet News
Discovery Planet once again opened the doors of its Ramsgate HQ last weekend to hold a series of workshops called “Magic Materials”, all about atoms, materials and how they react to changes in temperature.
Around 250 Thanet school pupils and 200 community members were helped to understand science concepts through experiments involving putting your head in a cloud, cracking a banana and munching on chrysanthemums. The gasps of amazement from the crowd as billowing clouds filled the room testified to the fun of the learning experience.
The workshops, which are funded by a generous grant from the Council for Science and Technology Facilities, were led by Dr Vicky Mason from the University of Kent, who is working in partnership with Thanet-based Discovery Planet to ensure that as many people as possible understand the wonders of science and its relevance to everyday life.
The grant supports a two-year program of regular workshops on a wide range of topics, related to research undertaken at the University.
All sessions take place in a science ‘shop’ at number 47 Ramsgate High Street, which has the added benefit of dramatically bringing a disused commercial unit back into service.
The distinctive new storefront and smart interior has been fitted out thanks to a generous donation from London Array, with Array staff having attended previous clean energy events to talk about wind power and the visible offshore wind farm from our coast.
The next workshop dates to look out for are May 19-21, when people can explore how we observe space with telescopes; From June 16 to 18 where we will think of meteorites; and July 7-9 where we will look at how science can help us explore heritage.
Schools can book sessions on Thursdays and Fridays. Saturdays are reserved for the public who do not need to reserve a place and can simply come to the workshops which start every hour, every hour from 10am with the last from 3pm. Participation is free for schools and the public.
There is now a special quiet session for people who specifically need a quieter environment at 10am on Saturdays.
Discovery Planet director Nikki Hildesley said: ‘We observed that some people struggled a little with the hustle and bustle of large groups, so in order to be more inclusive we decided to set aside an hour on Saturdays to create a quieter experience that caters better for those with special needs.
“So far it has worked well, but we welcome any suggestions on how we can improve people’s experience and make all of our sessions as accessible as possible.”
Keep an eye out for information by following Discovery Planet’s various social media accounts or by looking for posters and flyers.