Science rides at new velocities

Theme Park launches a new science initiative, fusing education and entertainment in a fresh take on interactive learning

Paultons Park family theme park recently launched its new ‘Professor Blast’s Learning Lab’. With themed interactive workstations, in a new state-of-the-art learning lab, it follows a range of National Curriculum-based workshops at the education department in Paultons Park, Hampshire.

The sessions, which accommodate up to 35 children and teachers, will use the lab as a base for a number of educational workshops, but expand into the park itself; students will learn the physics behind some of the park’s main attractions, before going on the rides themselves to experience the theories in practice.

Professor Blast’s hands-on Science Explorer workshop is appropriate to all key stages in the National Curriculum, with topics covered including forces and energy transfers. A new workshop – Ride Programming – Control ITwill also explore how the rides are technically programmed, and is linked to the new curriculum framework. This workshop is specifically designed to develop IT skills and allows children to programme their very own motorised Sky Swinger.

Paultons Park education officer, Andy Chapman, said: “Paultons Park is a ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’ quality badge holder, so we are delighted to be able to offer this unique learning experience to teachers and their pupils. Children will be able to learn all about the science behind our rides before going into the park to apply their learning.”

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