Haier world’s leading home appliances brand commits to supporting science and technology in the UK and Inspires the next generation of innovators by announcing its support to the Science Museum in London. The partnership started on 1st July 2012 and will run for 2 years. Haier is very interested in the way that science and technology impact our everyday lives, their commitment to the science museum will enable school children experience practical science in a fun environment encouraging them to pursue these topics at a young age.
The Science museum is one of London’s most visited attractions drawing 3 million visitors a year and up to 20,000 on very busy days. Of that 3 million there are roughly 360,000 young people in which are booked educational groups.
“We were very impressed by the work of the Science Museum and felt that sponsoring their new-technology and family-friendly galleries was an excellent opportunity to engage with the British public” Stated Wei Duan, Market Director haier Uk and Ireland.
A part of the partnership Haier will sponsor a dedicated area in the Launchpad which is a gallery that is dedicated to encouraging children and young people to explore science first hand with 50 hands-on exhibits and shows. launchpad is all about asking questions and making sense of the science that makes our world. Being interactive, educational and fun The Launchpad is the most popular part of the Science Museum, the space that Haier are sponsoring within the Launchpad area aims to encourage children and young people to engage with science and to use their creativity to become the innovative designers of tomorrow.
A week ago the boys were invited along to an event at the Science Museum with Haier for them to experience hands on the Launchpad area. Haier took over the top floor of the Museum where they allowed the children to have fun creating their own liquid nitrogen ice cream, make delicious smoothies by playing a computer game on a bicycle and take part in experiments that were put together by the science museum outreach team.
We arrived late on the day so we missed out on experiencing the launchpad area but we are not unfamiliar with it at all as a family we have visited it many times before in fact its the boys favourite place to go. They love being involved with the experiments and touching and trying out everything. My eldest boy Jak absolutely loves science and has tons of books on the subject, he says he wants to be an inventor when he is older and is always drawing away inventing new things. He mostly likes to invent new cars or new toys, he draws them and then labels them up. Although we missed the launchpad the boys were still invited to draw their very own invention on a card, Jak drew a new car that he has invented and Joseph drew an alien and a rocket. They couldn’t wait to hand them on so they would be placed on to the board for everyone to see.
Once we arrived we was shown to our very own private floor away from all the other visitors of the day, we even got through the back entrance and walked through the museum before everyone else was allowed in, we felt so special lol. There was plenty for the children to try out, the first thing the zoned in on was the ice-cream made from liquid nitrogen, this was delicious! Jak filled himself up on this with flavours like chocolate with popping candy who couldn’t resist! Joseph waited for a turn on the bicycles which were attached to a computer and had a smoothie machine attached at the front, there was two bicycles and you cycled against your opponent in a race but it wasn’t a race of speed but of intelligence instead, you had to cycle quickly up a hill but slowly down it. Joseph was a little on the small side to reach the pedals so his big brother took his turn instead and made a yummy healthy strawberry smoothie.
Joseph loves to get messy so he really enjoyed the cornflour slime and milk experiments, he played with the cornflour experimenting with the texture and he made new colours with the milk and food colouring. A favourite of both theirs was the stupid egg trick where there are three glasses half filled with water and a tray placed on top of them with three tubes and eggs/balls balancing on top of the tubes, you hit the tray quite hard and hopefully the eggs/balls will fall into the glasses. Joseph managed two out of three so he done really well.
The boys were shown a selection of kitchen science which are activities that can be done at home with everyday ingredients. They wanted to show us that science isn’t just done in laboratories but instead is involved in all aspects of our lives.
Joseph was particularly interested in a Haier washing machine that was illuminated inside the machine so we could see inside and how it worked, although that wasn’t why he was attracted to it, Joseph thought it was a hand drier and was stood there with his hands in front of it trying to dry them, he did make everyone laugh.
If you want to find out more about the launchpad here http://sciencemuseum.org.uk/launchpad
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Thank you to Sarah Gilbert for inviting us along to the event.