Brainwave workshops bring science to life

    YOUNGSTERS and their carers had the chance to build solar powered cars to show how green power works during a fun science workshop.

The model building workshop, led by environmental education company Solar-Active, was one of a series of science spectacles under the Brainwave@Bishop banner designed to bring technology to life for young people.

During yesterday’s workshop children created their own geodesic domes during a workshop led by one of the team members of the BBC’s Rough Science television series.

Dr Jonathan Hare, who has also appeared on Hollywood Science and the BBC’s Coast TV Series, taught the children about the history of the domes – large spherical structures similar to those at the Eden Project in Cornwall and the Epcot Centre in Disneyland, Florida – during the event.

The workshops have been organised by the County Durham Development Company (CDDC), the business arm of Durham County Council.

Brainwave’s flagship event is an annual free science festival for children which has taken place at CDDC-run NETPark, (the North East Technology Park) in Sedgefield, for the past three summers.

Ann Deary-Francis, NETPark’s community engagement officer, said:

“The workshops have got both the children and adults really excited about science and technology in a fun yet practical way. It’s also been fantastic to take our Brainwave events ‘on the road’ for even more children to get involved.

“The adults enjoying the solar cars workshop included the chairman of Durham County Council, Councillor Dennis Morgan, who has used his time as chairman to highlight the inventions and products of the county through his ‘Made in Durham’ initiative.”

Brainwave is part of the NETPark Innovation Connector (Project C) project, funded by ERDF. It’s a partnership between CDDC, Durham University and Durham County Council which aims to use NETPark to encourage people in the North East to get excited about science and technology, hopefully inspiring the next generation of NETPark scientists and innovators.

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