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People Invited to Science Fair and Spring Festival

Posted on Thursday 10th March 2022
Perton Library Science Fair

People interested in all things science are being invited to a special festival at Perton library to celebrate British Science Week.

The event will run at the library on Saturday 19th March from 10am to 3pm with a series of exciting shows, exhibitions and talks.

Medical Mavericks will be helping people explore how the body works, while Waste Savvy Staffs and the Climate Change team from South Staffordshire Council will help people learn more about climate change and the efforts in Staffordshire to reduce waste and carbon footprint.

Dr Phil Jemmett and his team of scientists from Warwick University will be running science experiments all day while Andrew Lound will be in full astronaut gear demonstrating a selection of meteorites. 

The library astronomy group will also be on hand with a selection of telescopes and a display about local famous astronomer Lord Wrottesley. 

Staffordshire Police will be demonstrating the science of fingerprinting and you can meet local Archaeologists from the Archaeology in Mind group, the RSPB, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and the team from Forest of Mercia. 

And, don’t forget to say hello to the animals with Zoolab.

 Victoria Wilson, Libraries Chief at Staffordshire County Council said:

“This will be a fantastic event and it’s a great example of how libraries continue to bring communities together.

“The day promises a mix of real learning and fun for people of all ages, young and old.

"So whether it’s the sciences that float your boat, astronomy, wildlife or learning about the environment, there will be something for you.”

The event has been organised by Perton Library and Wild About Perton with funding from the Millennium Point Trust.

Community champion Keith Elder is Chair of the Wild About Perton group and has been instrumental in organising the day’s activities.

 Keith said:

“I’m delighted to be working with the library and partners to bring our first ever Perton Science Fair to the area.

“If you’re passionate about climate change then there will be plenty for you on the day.

"You’ll learn about ways to protect nature, reduce waste, improve air quality and much more.

"You can also find out how community groups, schools and micro-businesses can apply for grant funding of up to £200 to deliver a local project.

"There will also be lots on many different aspects of science to learn and enjoy.

"So something for all the family!"

Abbie Vlahakis, CEO of the Millennium Point Charitable Trust added:

“We are delighted to fund such an exciting project.

"It’s a pleasure to see all of the enthusiasm and passion the Staffordshire team poured into their application. 

"The scene is set for a wonderful Science Fair brimming with activities guaranteed to engage and inspire young people to consider STEM subjects and careers.”

Places on the workshops are free, but limited.

People can find out more about the event or book places through the library on 01902 506050 or by emailing perton.library@staffordshire.gov.uk.

 The following Think Tank shows can be booked:

  • 10.00 Destination Space: One Big Journey – for ages 4 -7
  • 11.15 Fabulous Forces – ages 8 - 11
  • 13.00 Space Mission – ages 8 - 11
  • 14.15 The Science of Sport – ages 11 plus

Zoolab shows are also free, but booking is required.

There will be shows at:

  • 11:00am – 11:50am
  • 12:00 – 12:50pm
  • 1:00pm-1:50pm
  • 2:00pm-2:50pm

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