Fun Palace

9 October 2018

Once again, science ambassadors from Our Lady of Mount Carmel First School, Redditch gathered with the masses in Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon for a Fun Palace extravaganza. The event brought together local people, performers and scientists as they joined the campaign for cultural democracy, in the annual weekend of action.

With events across the country, the Fun Palace weekend uses the combination of arts, craft, science, tech, digital, heritage and sports activities, led by local people for local people, as a catalyst for community-led transformation.

At the Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, the six Science Assistants from Mount Carmel Catholic First School, under the guidance of the school’s science lead Lorraine Burrows, were at the heart of the science action as they helped children to create ‘Rocket Mice’. This activity involves shooting a rocket high into the air by rapidly squashing a plastic bottle launcher.It gave the children an opportunity to investigate the effects of air pressure, air resistance and gravity. The Science Assistants helped answers many questioning on forces.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Science Assistants busy making 'rocket mice'.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Science Assistants busy making 'rocket mice'
"I liked teaching other children about forces, air resistance and gravity. It was lots of fun helping others to make their ‘Rocket Mice’ at Fun Palaces."

Our Lady of Mount Carmel First School was part of the Ogden Bidford Primary Partnership. Although the Ogden partnership funding ended in 2016 after its four-year cycle concluded, the seeds of science had been well and truly established. The schools continue to deliver fun, exciting hands-on science, engaging and inspiring the pupils, and the local community at events like this. 

We believe in the genius in everyone, in everyone an artist and everyone a scientist, and that creativity in community can change the world for the better. We believe we can do this together, locally, with radical fun – and that anyone, anywhere, can make a Fun Palace.

The Fun Palaces movement aims to challenge the way culture (arts, sciences, heritage, craft, tech, digital, sports and any other field in which individuals and communities engage together)is currently owned and created by fostering stronger and more engaged communities, where people feel empowered to create the cultural activities and infrastructure that they want, through widening participation, supporting local partnerships and shining a light on unsung activity everywhere.

Science Assistants on hand to help with their Fun Palace science activities
Science Assistants on hand to help with their Fun Palace science activities

In 2018, there were 433 Fun Palaces around the country. For more information or to register for 2019 visit @FunPalaces

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