Family Science Day attracts 700 children and their families
May 29, 2012
Over 700 children and their families from Lambeth and Southwark, as well as Shell employees and their families, took part in free interactive science workshops run by Shell Education Service last weekend.
At this fun family day held at Shell Centre in Waterloo, parents and children had the opportunity to try out practical science experiments, including investigations featuring electricity, energy transfer, forces and motion and materials.
Shell Education Service, which creates and runs science workshops, aims to encourage and inspire young children to explore and question science through hands-on experiments.
Nolan, one of the young attendees, said: “It was the best day of my life. It was so much fun.”
Omowunmi Ogunbiyi, one of the parents attending the day with her children, said: “This is incredible and very interesting. I had so much fun exploring science with my family, specifically learning more about gravity and friction.”
Shell will also be running 65 further workshops across 21 schools in Lambeth and Southwark this week.
Christelle Langenhoven, Shell Education Service Programme Manager, said: “Science experiments are one of the best ways to bring complex ideas to life for children. We’ve had a great response from children and parents alike about the activities we’ve run this weekend, and are looking forward to this week’s workshops, which are taking place in schools across Lambeth and Southwark!
“I'd like to thank all of our employees and the volunteers from local schools and universities for their support and work to make the Science Family Day in London such a huge success.”
Graham van’t Hoff, Chairman of Shell UK, commented: “Some of the UK’s biggest global challenges are reliant on people with science skills to find solutions, so getting children interested and enjoying science at an early age is very important.
“Shell Education Service brings science activities to approximately 60,000 children across the UK each year.”
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Shell seeks to initiate, establish and support Social Investment programmes that are aligned with its business. Social investment activities are themed around science, education, innovation and business skills.
Shell LiveWIRE has been running in the UK since 1982, when it was launched in the Strathclyde region of Scotland to combat the high level of youth unemployment. Since then it has helped thousands of young people in the UK to explore starting their own business and has spread to over 20 countries around the world. Shell LiveWIRE offers an independent and free online service and awards programme for young entrepreneurs.
Up to four Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas awards of £1,000 are given to start-up businesses every month. The Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award of £10,000 has been running since 1982 and continues to recognise and celebrate outstanding young entrepreneurs in the UK. Shell LiveWIRE has awarded a total of £5 million to young entrepreneurs since launching 30 years ago.
Shell Education Service provides a series of unique, interactive science workshops to approximately 60,000 young children a year. Workshops are designed to support the National Curriculum in over 600 primary schools, benefitting both the pupils and teachers. The Shell Education Service also organises science days for local communities and trainee teachers, building their confidence and skills in teaching science. Shell has run this programme for over 50 years.
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