Great suc­cess for science pop-up shop

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By Holly As­ton news@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @hol­ly­jadeas­ton

A science themed pop up shop has been set up in Peter­bor­ough this sum­mer, with or­gan­is­ers hop­ing to make it per­ma­nent. Re­plac­ing the Art in the Heart shop on Bridge Street, the COS­MOS Road­show has set up a range of ex­per­i­ments and ac­tiv­i­ties for young peo­ple to in­ter­act with and learn from.

As well as plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties to keep peo­ple en­ter­tained, the team put on shows through­out the day with new ex­per­i­ments and in­for­ma­tion about sci­en­tists such as Isaac New­ton.

Since open­ing, the popup shop has been a great suc­cess ex­plains Jon London, the outreach man­ager for the project: “So far we have had around 3,300 vis­its which has beat the over­all goal of 2,500 for our whole visit and that was done in the first week.

“I feel Peter­bor­ough is in de­mand for a science cen­tre which is why we are do­ing this to see if it will be worth­while to set one up per­ma­nently.”

At the pop-up shop the Mayor of Peter­bor­ough, Cllr David San­ders said: “This is a re­ally ex­cit­ing fun op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple to learn about science.

“It is great to have an out of the class­room ex­pe­ri­ence avail­able.”

Jeanette Jones from West- wood vis­ited with her son Liam(8) and­said: “This is a good chil­dren’s ac­tiv­ity not only for fun but to help them learn.

“The staff are friendly and invit­ing which makes the ex­pe­ri­ence even bet­ter.”

“Liam also added: “I en­joyed mak­ing the pa­per spin­ner and mak­ing it fly in the air and mak­ing a tower with mag­nets.”

Other visi­tors in­cluded Amelie Troop (7 ) from Deep­ing St James who said: “I en­joyed the show about Tim Peake and his space mis­sion.

“It is more fun than science at school.”

Kirsty McCluskey from Hemp­stead, who brought her chil­dren along, said: “This is a good thing to pop in to whilst in town.

“It is good to see the kids hav­ing fun whilst learning.”

Carl­ton Brady who is the COS­MOS Of­fi­cer ex­plained how the event was funded and sup­ports the idea of it be­ing a per­ma­nent thing: “We get fund­ing from Greater Cam­bridge/Greater Peter­bor­ough En­ter­prise Project (GCGP) as well as AMGEM who are a sci­en­tific com­pany.

“So far peo­ple have loved the event and we have had re­ally good re­sponses, which is why we are hop­ing to make it a per­ma­nent thing, es­pe­cially as Peter­bor­ough doesn’t have many fa­cil­i­ties for this kind of thing.”

Ex­am­ples of ex­per­i­ments that are on of­fer in­clude cre­at­ing elec­tric­ity with cop­per wires and mag­nets, putting dif­fer­ent ob­jects un­der a UV light as well as mak­ing pa­per rocket sand mak­ing them float up a tube.

The COS­MOS Road show is here un­til Septem­ber 4, and then will re­turn for a week in De­cem­ber.

This is a re­ally ex­cit­ing fun op­por­tu­nity Cllr David San­ders

Young­sters dis­cover a black hole

Shop­pers en­joy an ex­per­i­ment on Bridge Street

Su­san Wing­field-Chislett and son Ed­mund with their space rocket

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