new Thinktank Science Garden opens 2 June
Sunday 22, April 2012
The new Thinktank Science Garden – the first project of its type in the UK and one of only a few in the world - is opening in Birmingham on 2 June.
Visitors of all ages can get ‘bodies on’ with science this summer at the new Thinktank Science Garden in Birmingham, with exciting and inventive exhibits including an eight metre high clanging ‘Terminus’ machine and a giant human-sized hamster wheel that has a top speed of 30 revolutions per minute.
The interactive outdoor exploration space will offer an adventurous and entertaining day out for all the family when it opens on 2 June, bringing themes of engineering, mechanics and transportation to life through 42 exhibits and fun zones.
The Science Garden is the first project of this type in the UK and one of only a few in the world, with specially designed features such as the first ever logic-defying square wheeled people wagon, a giant weighing station and a ‘pulley me up’ exhibit.
Visitors can also try their luck with the ‘elasticated squirter’ – a unique water piston that uses elastic potential energy – and crank up two fast-moving propellers for the Flyer exhibit, which links with the Hurricane and Spitfire fighter planes already on display in the main museum building.
All this has been delivered by a team of designers, engineers, building contractors, education experts, science communications specialists and local school children (trying and testing the exhibits), who have spent more than 10,000 man hours on the project since it first began.
Thinktank’s Director of Learning and Operations, Janine Eason, said: "After three years in the making we are looking forward to welcoming visitors of all ages to our Science Garden. As a major addition to the museum, it will present a new and exciting way of experiencing firsthand how science and engineering have shaped Birmingham and the world.”
In addition, the Science Garden will host an engaging programme of events and activities throughout the summer, including storytelling for young children, arts and crafts sessions and big outdoor demonstrations.
The development comes at an exciting time for Thinktank, after the museum joined forces with Birmingham's Museums and Art Gallery to create the new Birmingham Museums Limited. When the Science Garden opens, it will form part of the larger Eastside City Park, the first major new city centre park in Birmingham for more than 100 years, playing a crucial role in the regeneration and repositioning of the city centre.
For more information and to book tickets visit www.thinktank.ac
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