Irchester Trip: Year 5 and 6 went to the Think Tank in Birmingham!

Recently, year 5 and 6 went on a trip to the Think Tank. The Think Tank is a science museum open to the public. First we learnt about animals that Charles Darwin studied for years. We got to hold stuffed animals and sorted them into different groups.

Next, we went to the bottom floor, which was all about engines and motors. There was a very interesting English Spitfire aeroplane, which was used in World War II and played a very important role as it helped us win the war. We got to see real mechanisms work, and went on a train to look at its engine. There were also stamps to collect and old fashioned cars and bikes.

The next floor was about things that are manmade, and inventions that were made in Birmingham. There was a thermal camera and depending on what temperature you are, you looked a different colour on the screen: white is the hottest and blue is the coldest.

On the second floor, there were stuffed animals that we could look at. There was a giant triceratops skull, a velociraptor skeleton and also a giant stag skeleton. Near the end was a headphone set where you listened to different birds sounds.

On the final floor (which in our opinion was the best) you could control an acting robot and make it sing, and play a game where you’re in space and have to get to certain parts of the International Space Station.

By Nyah, Dulcie, Josh and Fintan

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