Families invited to day of science fun

Families are being treated to a day of science at a shopping centre.

Think Physics, a project run by Northumbria University, will host a day of interactive science demonstrations and craft activities at The Beacon Shopping Centre, North Shields, on Tuesday, April 14.

Children aged eight to 13 are invited to attend and learn, be inspired and take part between 10am and 4pm

Visitors to The Beacon can also attend a free family show – Explore Your Universe – which will take place at 1pm.

Activities through the day will include Infrared Selfies and Noise Makers, helping to bring science to life through every day materials.

Dave Menzies, centre manager, said: “This is a fun and interactive way for children to get to grips with the fun parts of science and to learn how the world around them is shaped by science.

“We are pleased to be bringing this exciting and educational event to the Beacon Centre and we look forward to working in partnership with Northumbria University’s Think Physics programme.”

Carol Davenport, director at Think Physics, said: “Sci-Pop from Think Physics offers families the chance to explore the world together.

“We’re thrilled to bring a range of hands-on activities to The Beacon Centre, North Shields, that families can explore with us and continue at home.

“Make light-up greeting cards, understand gravity by contributing to our epic marble bounce, discover the hidden secrets of light with our Infrared camera and work with the Kepler spacecraft to hunt out new planets that may harbour alien life.

“Then in the afternoon, we invite people to Explore Your Universe in an interactive science show for families.

“We’ll take you on a journey from atoms to astrophysics; stopping along the way to explore the hair-raising science behind particle accelerators and to come face-to-face with some of the oldest rocks in the Solar System.”

Those interested in attending should visit the empty store at The Beacon adjacent to Wilko.

To find out more about Think Physics, visit www.thinkphysics.org