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Supporting local Schools

Eastbourne Education Business Partnership
The Centre supports two local projects organised through the Eastbourne Education Business Parnership: Eastbourne Youth Radio and Eastbourne in Bloom.

Eastbourne Youth Radio 87.7FM

Eastbourne Youth Radio launched in 2000 and is organised by Eastbourne Business Partnership in association with Sussex Downs College. Each year it presents a fantastic opportunity for up to 2.500 local young people from schools, colleges and youth organisations.  They present programmes they have planned and created themselves.

The station is on-air in the local Eastbourne and Hailsham area, plus it is streamed on the internet via the station's website.
The Centre has supported local schools in their one-hour radio programmes, and many pupils have benefitted from free research visits to The Centre.

Eastbourne in Bloom

Primary schools across Eastbourne are invited to enter 'Holywell in Bloom': an event organised by Tim Sorenson of Eastbourne EBP and Simon Hurt from Eastbourne Borough Council Parks and Gardens.

The competition is judged in March at the start of British Science Week (formally National Science & Engineering Week).

The final displays are the culmination of either work in class, homework projects, or school clubs. The standard is extremely high and represents the research, effort and hard work contributed by all.

The winning design is planted at the Holywell Retreat as a seasonal display from June to October and enjoyed by all who see it.

Each year the event has a topical theme. In 2010 this was 'Science in Bloom' and the stunning winner featured 'The Butterfly Effect' on a Solar System background.

Explore Your Universe

This project has exploded into life at The Observatory Science Centre with everything 'From Atoms to Astrophysics'

Check our photo gallery for examples of all the Spectacular Science that has been offered so far at The Centre.  This has included school workshops, demonstrations, science busking activities, 'Meet the Expert' opportunities and an amazing summer show.....
.........the equipment has been funded through a joint venture between the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), the research council who fund some of the most far-reaching and exceptional science in the UK and internationally.

Hands-on DNA

The Observatory Science Centre has been selected to be a key national partner in a new UK-wide project Hands-on DNA: Exploring Evolution.

The project will enable students across the UK to use cutting edge equipment and the latest molecular techniques to explore evolution and their own DNA.

Hands-on DNA is a collaboration between the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) and three partner centres, At-Bristol. Nowgen in Manchester and the Centre for Life in Newcastle and is supported by the Wellcome Trust. A panel of members from the project team and the Wellcome Trust considered applications from a variety of organisations nationwide and were pleased to announce that The Observatory Science Centre is one of the 15 organisations selected.

Being a part of this project will enable staff to be trained and The Centre to be equipped in order to deliver excellent hands-on experimental science to local school students. The two hour DNA workshop will cover bacterial evolution and the development of antibiotic resistance.

International Year of Chemistry - Activities for Schools

To help celebrate International Year of Chemistry, The Centre is offering optional chemistry activities as part of your school visit during October and November 2011. Different activities will be geared towards Lower & Upper KS1, KS2 and KS3 and will above all be half an hour of fun, learning basic chemistry skills.

These activities have been partly funded by the Holmes Hines Memorial Fund (EPSRC). Please ring The Centre to discuss options.