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Summer Science Camp at the Centre for Life offers teenagers the chance to celebrate their inner geek

A week-long feast of science will give youngsters a varied programme of creative and scientific activities to choose from

Maker Faire at Life is always a popular draw for teenagers who want to get involved
Maker Faire at Life is always a popular draw for teenagers who want to get involved

Science busking, chem­ical experiments, cod­ing and computer modelling, plus a whole host of other science stuff – at last, the holiday activity that lets teenagers celebrate the geek inside.

A Summer Science Camp (July 20-24) at Life Science Centre in Newcastle will offer a week-long feast of science, where participants get creative and find out more about science at the same time.

Each day will offer a varied programme of hands-on experiments and activities – things that aren’t done in school – and participants will be able to get their hands on top-level science kit and carry out the type of work that’s going on in science research labs around the UK.

The idea for the camp came about from the Science Sessions that Life holds for teenagers once a month.

These are sessions where 13 to 18-year-olds can come along and decide what type of science they’re interested in and what they’d like to explore.

Staff act as facilitators, helping those who take part to do their experiments and figure out how things work.

Noel Jackson, Life’s head of education, who will be running the camp alongside other members of the education team, says: “We wanted to offer a summer activity for teenagers interested in science, something that would be fun and interesting and give them a chance to meet other young people who share the same interests. There’ll not be much sitting around watching other people doing things on the course.

“The week will be very much led by the ideas and interests of those taking part – everyone will have a say in what we do. So who knows what we’ll be doing at the end of the week?”

Those taking part will also get the chance to play on the world’s biggest collection of computer games in the Science Centre, which is home to Game On 2.0 throughout the summer.

Places on the Summer Science Camp must be booked in advance and cost £75 per person. To book, visit www.life.org.uk/whats-on/summer-science-camp or call 0191 243 8223.

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