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Getting crafty with science this Easter

Children make animal cells and eyes

Children make animal cells and eyes during the Easter Playscheme at the Southville Centre

Press release issued: 23 April 2014

Children in Southville, Bristol, combined craft skills and science this Easter to learn more about the human body.

Youngsters aged four to 11-years-old were invited to get to grips with glue and recreate an animal cell as part of the Easter Playscheme run at the Southville Centre.

The creative yet educational activities were run with the help of academics from the University of Bristol, who focussed on the immune system and how the human eye works.

It was part of a themed fortnight, which ran from 7 to 17 April, encouraging the children to learn about how our bodies work and being healthy.

Dr Tarnjit Khera, from the School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, ran two sessions and said: “Both sessions were great fun for the children and educated them about how our bodies function. Not only did I explain some science to them but they were able to be hands on by making animal cells and an eye using polystyrene balls, pipe cleaners and felt.”

Other activities as part of the playscheme included the children making their own healthy lunches, making a kite, activities about teeth and even making soap as part of a day looking at germs and hand washing. There were also visits to MShed and activities outside in the local parks.

For further information, please see the Southville Centre’s website.

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