British Science Week at Wicksteed!

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The first slide at Wicksteed Park in the 1920s

 

EXPLORE CHARLES WICKSTEED’S LEGACY OF INNOVATION DURING BRITISH SCIENCE WEEK  

People are being invited to learn more about Charles Wicksteed’s legacy of innovation at two free events being held at Wicksteed Park during British Science Week. The two Science Cafes will take place in the park’s Heritage Space and will introduce people to science in an informal way over coffee and cake.

Charles Wicksteed

Charles Wicksteed

People will be able to explore engineering and ecology and explore the extraordinary legacy of Charles Wicksteed, focusing on his life as an entrepreneur, inventor, innovator and successful engineer.

In 1928, when the park he created was still in its infancy, Charles Wicksteed said: “We live in wonderful days of almost embarrassing advance in science and industry.”

The science cafes are the only free community access British Science Week events in Northamptonshire.

On Tuesday March 14, from 10:45am to noon, computing, robotics and artificial intelligence expert Dr Scott Turner,  Associate Professor (Computing & Immersive Technologies) based at University of Northampton will lead a talk about Junkbots,  a project that combined environmental sustainability, engineering and computing alongside a current research “Visualising the Field”.

On Thursday March 16, from 10:45am to noon Paul Wyer of the Wildlife Trust will speak about the wildlife on your doorstep, in your gardens or around the park’s  lake. Find out more about their habitats and impacts on the natural environment and what you can do to maintain and increase local wildlife. Paul has a specialist interest in hedgehogs and will bring along a range of information for people to view.

Tracey Clarke, Wicksteed Park’s Community Link Manager, said: “British Science Week is a great way for people to find out more about a range of fascinating topics in an engaging and informative way.

“Charles Wicksteed was at the forefront of innovation and engineering , creating rides and attractions which played a key role in the development of children’s play, so it is fitting that we are celebrating his achievements as part of these events.”

People wishing to book free places for the events are asked to contact community@wicksteedpark.org or telephone 01536 512475

The Heritage Space will be signposted from reception. Car parking charges will apply.

Wicksteed Park’s rides and attractions open fully for the 2017 season on Saturday April 1. It has a host of new attractions for 2017, including the fantastic new Sway Rider wave swing.
For further information about the park go to www.wicksteedpark.org

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