Unleash your inner scientist with new Sciencentre

The Workshops Rail Museum have opened their new Sciencentre, a permanent exhibit, where everyone can be a scientist, experiment, explore and learn.
08 Apr 2019
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

The Workshops Rail Museum has a new permanent attraction and kids are loving it.

Tucked away in the right hand corner of the museum there’s now 20 interactive exhibits for big kids and little kids alike in the new Sciencentre.

There’s fly wheels, a fluid coupler, sparks and air blasts to help you learn the science behind train travel, challenge your friends and solve puzzles.

The display opened to the public on April 6.

The Sciencenter opened on April 6

The Workshops Rail Museum Exhibitions and Public Program Manager Richelle McClymont said the Sciencentre was designed to be a physical experience getting the whole body involved.

There’s things to pull and push, roll and press, spin and turn that lift things in the air, rotate and make noises.

Dean Jones and Sam Hain, 4, from Gatton.

Once you’ve explored all the exhibits and had a go at making your own bridge, which isn’t as easy as it sounds you can head over to the makerspace and apply everything you’ve just learnt.

The museum has come up with two challenges to test your knowledge.

The Workshops Rail Museum new Sciencentre is open.

Challenge one is creating a bridge strong enough for a train to cross over and challenge two is about what transport will look like in the future.

There’s construction materials, model trains and more for the kids and adults to test their ideas.

The Workshops Rail Museum new Sciencentre is open.

Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said Sciencentre was about connecting to science in a hands-on, fun way.

“It will bring together imagination and education allowing visitors to be curious about their world and is perfect for families and young people and open just in time for the school holidays,” Dr Thompson said.

The Workshops Rail Museum new Sciencentre is open.

“The Workshops Rail Museum look forward to welcoming visitors to the Sciencentre where everyone can be a scientist by asking questions, testing ideas and finding creative ways of solving everyday problems.

“We hope the gallery helps visitors understand the science that shapes our everyday lives and inspires the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.”

Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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