Winchester Science Centre
Winchester Science Centre, southern England’s leading science and discovery centre, has launched Science@Home, a brand new programme of at-home STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) activities designed to support families and carers looking for educational, inspiring and fun activities that all ages and abilities can get involved in.
The team behind the Centre’s explosive live science shows are now producing a mix of weekly curiosity challenges, fascinating facts and DIY science demos. There are also ‘ask the expert’ sessions, real-life STEM hero profiles and links to additional content recommended by the Centre’s team. Designed to create family centred learning, where families can learn and laugh together, the new activities enable children to think creatively, design, build, test, ask questions, research and evaluate – just like STEM professionals.
The main activity on offer each week are the Curiosity Challenges - week long activities that allow families to take part in an evolving challenge as a new task is released on a daily basis. For example, the first challenge, Mission Space, saw children tasked with designing and building a rocket on day one, planning a route into space on day two and creating a life support kit on day three. The new activities have been themed around some of the Centre’s key focus areas such as space, like the immersive Explorer:Space zone, sound, the theme of the Centre’s new visitor experience set to launch later this year, and the outdoors, due to the Centre being located in the beautiful South Downs National Park. The activities are released via the Centre’s social media channels and are also uploaded to the website so that they can be easily accessed at all times if families miss a week.