Youngsters get stuck in at a science workshop at Mansfield Museum

Children took part in a wide range of activities at the Discovery Project holiday camp at Mansfield Museum. On part of the day was to make powered paper airplanes.
Children took part in a wide range of activities at the Discovery Project holiday camp at Mansfield Museum. On part of the day was to make powered paper airplanes.
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Budding young scientists had the chance to get their hands dirty at a workshop event held at Mansfield Museum.

Teenagers took part in hands-on activities based around science, technology, engineering and mathematics as part of a holiday camp organised by Discovery Project.

The project aims to unlock potential for people and also break down stereotypes about careers in these subjects.

They expose children and teenagers to images of scientists and engineers designing the latest cosmetic products and football boots using the latest cutting edge technology.

And they make sure to give them a taste of life working in the ocean, space, world of sport or fine dining.

The project comes after the government recognised a shortfall in the number of young people pursuing careers in these fields and have introduced an initiative to get people more involved.

The not-for-profit organisation is already involved with schools across Greater Manchester, South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, but came to Mansfield because one of the directors, Melissa Butt, was born and raised in the town.

The deliver school enrichment days, after school clubs and Holiday Camps which are designed to enthuse and inspire children in science, technology, mathematics and engineering.

Jodie Henshaw, museum development officer at Mansfield Museum, said the project was exciting.

She said: “The atmosphere was great. There were lots of different things going off.

“And it’s always good to do something different in the school holidays.”

She added that the museum are already thinking about holding another event in October half term this year.

To find out more about the project, visit www.discoveryproject.co.uk.