Dear Editor, We would like to thank the Thinktank staff for organising an excellent Gala Opening of the Science Garden on July 19.
We wish Hector Bucknall (Post letters July 19) had been invited to attend. He would have seen a well organised and entertaining event which was a big success – especially for the children – despite the weather.
Given that a large number of the exhibits in the garden involve water play, the persistent, and at some times heavy, rain was not noticed by our nine-year-old son and his friend. Children don’t mind getting wet if they are having fun – in fact it enhances their enjoyment.
The opportunity to go outside at Thinktank provides an additional, exciting dimension to an excellent museum.
The exhibits themselves are all interactive and can be enjoyed by children (and adults) of all ages. They all contain interesting elements of science and engineering whilst at the same time providing a great opportunity for play. It was hard to drag our son and his friend away from the garden at the end of the event. They learned (amongst other things) about how to dam a river and how pulley systems help lift heavy weights.
We too would love to see more of Birmingham’s industrial past on display, but we also need to ensure we engage with the children who will be our future industrialists and develop their interest and enthusiasm for science and engineering. Without them there is no future for Birmingham’s industry.
We are happy to provide an alternative viewpoint about the investment in the Science Garden. From what we saw and experienced the Science Garden has been developed with great care and intelligence by professionals who know how to provide practical and fun interaction with science.
Mary and David Mellor