The newly opened Thinktank Science Garden in
Birmingham offers visitors of all ages the chance to get ‘bodies on’ with
science through exciting and inventive features such as a 26 foot high clanging
“Terminus” machine and a human-sized hamster wheel.
The first of its type and scale in the UK, Thinktank is a place
to explore themes of energy, mechanics and transportation through three zones
and more than 40 exhibits, including a first ever logic-defying square wheeled
people wagon and a “pulley me up” machine. Here you can try your luck with an
“elastic squirt” (a unique, specially commissioned water piston that uses
elastic potential energy) and crank up two fast-moving propellers to power a
merry-go-round, which links with Hurricane and Spitfire fighter planes already
on display in the main museum.
All of these fantastic hands-on activities have 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 hours on the project since the
idea behind Thinktank Science Garden was hatched. The garden comes at an
exciting time for Thinktank. The
museum joined forces with Birmingham's Museums and Art Gallery last year to
create the new Birmingham Museums Limited.
It forms part of Birmingham's larger Eastside City Park. This is
the first major new city centre park for Birmingham for over a century and thus
plays an important role in the regeneration and repositioning of the city
centre as a great destination. Says Thinktank’s Director of Learning and
Operations, Janine Eason, of the garden:
As a major addition to the existing museum, the
new ThinktankScience Garden offers a fresh and exciting way of
experiencing firsthand how science and engineering have shaped Birmingham and
the world. After three years in development, we are eager to see the fun zones
and exhibits in action and look forward to welcoming visitors of all ages on
In addition, the Science Garden will host an engaging programme
of events and activities throughout the summer, including storytelling for
young children, arts and crafts sessions and big outdoor demonstrations.
Thinktank is located at Millennium Point, Curzon Street,
Birmingham B4 7XG. Visit thinktank.ac for
more visitor information.
Photo: Ell Brown
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