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Thinktank's Science Garden

Date Posted: 12/02/2013

Capture your students’ imaginations as school groups are invited to get ‘bodies on’ with the Science Garden at Thinktank.

The new attraction at Birmingham’s Science museum which opened last summer features inventive exhibits including an eight-metre-high clanging ‘Terminus’ machine, and a giant human hamster wheel that has a top speed of 30 revolutions per minute.

The interactive outdoor exploration space maximises the potential for learning experiences and participation, bringing themes of engineering, mechanics, and transportation to life, through 42 hands-on exhibits and fun zones.

The Science Garden is said to be the first project of this type in the UK and one of only a few in the world. Its intriguing features, such as a logic-defying square-wheeled people wagon, giant weighing station, and ‘pulley me up’ exhibit, have been specially-designed to deliver key lessons, and increase knowledge and understanding in a fun and appealing way.

Pupils can also try their luck with the ‘elasticated squirter’ – a 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.

In addition, the Science Garden hosts an engaging programme of events and activities including new Science shows to be delivered within the outdoor classroom for visiting school groups.

The project has been delivered by a team of designers, engineers, building contractors, education experts, Science communications specialists, and local school children, 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, was pleased to complete the project: “We are looking forward to welcoming school groups to our new Science Garden, where the wonders of Science, technology and engineering can be explored and enjoyed in a creative and inspirational environment.”

The development comes at an exciting time for Thinktank, as the museum has recently joined forces with Birmingham's Museums and Art Gallery to create the new Birmingham Museums Limited. The garden forms 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.

Feedback from visiting school groups:

“It was brilliant going to the Science Garden because there were lots of cool activities there, and I think that the little river was a fantastic idea.”
Lauren Katihabwa and Sara Cuporyova

“I thought the Science Garden was the best place ever. My favourite parts were the water dome, hamster wheel, pulling ride, dancing balls and the bridge making. I completed the bridge with the help of my friends.”
Sliman Shams

“I think that the garden was really good and my favourite part was when we sat on the wheelchair and had to try and push ourselves. My other favourite part is when you sit on the chair and pull a rope and the chair goes up.”
Laila Sanfaz

Useful contact for school visits:

0121-202 2244

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