Feb half term pop-up science centre
At-Bristol Science Centre.
Thanks to Cheltenham Garage Doors
for hiring us a van to collect them.
The smells kindly provided by the Cotswold Perfumery were popular.
Thank you to the volunteers and Gloucestershire Engineering Training for the new t-shirts!
We had a really busy week in the Regent Arcade for February half term. More than 200 people took the time to write a postcard saying that they enjoyed the stand and would like to see a permanent hands-on science centre in Cheltenham.
Our favourite comment was from a young boy, "I am 4 (mummy's writing). I have been here for an hour because it's so much fun. I like the lasers and smells most. Mummy says if this was here all the time, we would come back. I would like that."
Members of the public were unanimous that this would benefit Cheltenham. Many echoed that "it would encourage more people to Cheltenham" and we know already that families came from Witney and Oxford just for this pop-up event. Although many could see how a permanent science centre would encourage the young, for example, "It would be great for the public and as a local resource for schools", others acknowledged that hands-on science is "Not just for children. My grandma and grampy loved it!"
Gloucestershire has a great tradition in engineering and Alex Chalk MP is keen to make Cheltenham a modern tech hub. As one ambitious dad commented, "The best entrepreneurs come from Cheltenham. Could we produce the next Nobel Prize winner?" We really hope so! Our aim is to inspire a new generation to love science technology, engineering and maths. We will use these comments as evidence that there is a need and a desire for a permanent hands-on science centre in Cheltenham as we apply for grants to make this a reality.
Have a look at how our local paper, the Gloucestershire Echo, covered the event: