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Explore, touch and be amazed at The Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

I wish I could have tried out experiments like these when I was a young Mayhem. Our science lessons always had the same format. The teacher led demonstrations and then we had to write up the experiment we had watched.

The only interactive exhibits I remember were in the basement children’s gallery of The Science Museum in London where I was enthralled by the automatic doors – they are still there!

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The Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium (formerly The Intech Science Centre) is crammed full of interesting things to experiment with covering all aspects of science. It is no wonder that it can become very crowded, especially during half term holidays. Our tip is to arrive early.

 

Where: Telegraph Way, Morn Hill, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ
Admission: Admission Charge – under 3 Free.  Extra charge for Planetarium
Facilities: cafe, indoor picnic area, shop
Website: www.winchestersciencecentre.org

The exhibits in The Science Centre are arranged in themes such as the Science of Recycling and Sport Science

intech-uk 1.I liked the exhibit on Computers and Medicine and had fun carrying out a brain scan on the giant model of a head.

The Science of Sport area was very popular with all the children. You can make an outside broadcast, test your reactions and play wheelchair basket ball.

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It did become very noisy with all the children rushing about trying all the activities.

A quieter activity is to try the mindball experiment. It is a competition between 2 people as to who can be more relaxed and focused – a great skill for sports people. The players put on a special headband which measures their brain’s alpha wave. A ball moves a long a tube in response to the brain waves. The more focused person will be able to move the ball away from their end of the tube.

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The adjoining Planetarium holds regular live shows and films which are projected on the 17 metre dome above the audience’s heads.

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There is an extra charge for the shows. Once a show starts you will not be allowed in if you are late so allow plenty of time to arrive if you have pre booked a show. The Planetarium can be quite overwhelming is not recommended for young children.

If you do come with younger children there are some soft play blocks in the indoor picnic area and nearby are tables with K’nex construction pieces.

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As well as the indoor and outdoor picnic areas there is a cafe in the centre which sells hot and cold food and drinks.

 




Getting There The Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium, Telegraph Way, Morn Hill, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ 
The No. 64 bus (Winchester to Alresford) passes within 300 yards of the Science centre 
Google see map or get directions

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