Now in its second year, the RSSL Science Roadshow encouraged children aged 4-12 to get hands-on across nine different topics. The workshops, led by dedicated RSSL scientists and assisted by volunteers from the Centre, were carefully chosen to give a scientific perspective to everyday situations.
Handwashing became the story of microbes, sweets were used to demonstrate solubility, slime demonstrated surface tension and the science of gases were implemented to create a fizzing volcano!
The Roadshow and the experiments certainly went down well with children and adults alike.
Ryan, 8, excitedly explained; "I had lots of fun. I liked the food experiments with the different juices and the taste test with the crisps and sweets."
Mehar, 7, also enjoyed the day; "I like all the experiments. Looking through the microscope was like a dream come true! I've always wanted to do that and it was great!"
One parent commented, "The day was brilliantly organised with a great variety of experiments. My five and eight-year olds both loved it."
Another added, "It is so good to be able to do something educational like this over the half term. The kids are having so much fun but they are learning at the same time."
Clare Arnaboldi, Training Officer at the Earley Crescent Resource Centre, commented: “We would like to say how delighted we were with how successful the event was and how grateful we are to the team from RSSL for making this event such a huge success. It was great to see so many families learning about Science together in a fun and interactive environment.”
RSSL’s dedicated programme of activity includes visits to schools, work experience opportunities, employment and training for 18-year-old school leavers, an intern programme for undergraduates, regular attendance at careers fairs, as well as STEM presentations at various educational institutions on a local and national level.
The Science Roadshow was organised in partnership with the Earley Crescent Resource Centre, a voluntary organisation dedicated to supporting the development of an integrated community.