Sheffield parks to become science labs

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The wonders of science will be brought to life for children in Sheffield parks.

Endcliffe Park and Weston Park will be turned into outdoor classrooms and science laboratories to celebrate science in the great outdoors.

The Park Lab events this month are being held as part of Sheffield University’s festival of science and engineering.

Gareth Roberts, organiser and joint founder member of Regather Co-operative, Club Garden Road, Sharrow, Sheffield, said: “Park Lab is a great opportunity for innovative science businesses in Sheffield to work in partnership with Regather and produce an exciting attraction for events in Sheffield’s fantastic parks and green spaces.”

The University of Sheffield Department of Archaeology are working in partnership with Regather to demonstrate the ancient process of making iron from rock, called smelting.

Park Lab will provide opportunities for children to take part in hands on experiments and there will be demonstrations, workshops and lectures for them to find out more about science.

Chloe Oakland, of Science Party-cles, which is run by two young scientists with an aim to engage, energise and educate young people about the world of science through our children’s birthday parties and educational events, said: “Park Lab is a new and exciting event for families as part of national science and engineering week.

“We’ll bring science to life with hands on experiments for children of all ages and abilities.

“Enter our lab and watch your children become mini scientists.

“We want to show everyone that science is fun.”

For more information about the events, which take place on Sunday and Sunday, March 24, and are aimed at children aged between five and 12, visit www.parklab.net or contact Mr Roberts on 07939 577467.