Inventors Challenge – Blast Off at Spaceport!
Girlguiding Wirral saw the exciting launch of the Girlguiding North West England ‘Inventor’s Challenge’ badge available to girls of all ages in Girlguiding. The launch took place at one of Wirral’s leading learning activity centres, Spaceport, where girls of all sections from Birkenhead and Wallasey Divisions, accompanied by their leaders, were invited to take part in the fun and games at the launch event.
The sole aim of the new guiding badge is to encourage girls to enjoy aspects of science, creativity, and design, after a recent survey commissioned by GirlguidingUK, showed that 51% of the girls surveyed, said they veered away from engineering, due to the overall lack of interest and because of the extreme lack of female role models. The Wallace and Gromit Inventor’s Challenge was created by members of Girlguiding North West England, and the project is kindly supported from Cracking Ideas ® and Aardman Animations™. The badge includes activities and challenges ranging from invention and design, to learning about inspiration female role models in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers.
The launch event started with a very special meet and greet with the lovable duo, Wallace and Gromit, which all the girls (and the leaders) enjoyed! After the meet and greet, everyone was invited into Spaceport’s dome theatre, to hear about how the Inventors Challenge was put together and the relevance of the badge in today’s society, but that wasn’t before a quick sing along to ‘Singing in the Rain’ with Wirral’s County Commissioner, Linda Smallthwaite, leading the way to a background of thunder and lightening overhead outside!
With the speeches and singing out of the way, the girls were then free to roam and explore Spaceport, participating in some of the entertainment and activities available to the centre and even including a very special visit to the ‘Wallace and Gromit in Space’ exhibition being held at the centre now. The rainbows were keen on drawing and designing their very rockets and spaceships for Wallace and Gromit, whilst the brownies and senior sections particularly enjoyed modelling with clay and experiencing what space is really like in Spaceport’s very own space simulator.
Part of the proceeds from the sale of the badges will go to the Wallace and Gromit Children’s Foundation, a national charity for poorly children in hospices and hospitals throughout theUK.
The Inventor’s Challenge pack is free and ready to download from the Girlguiding website, so get cracking on with the Inventor’s Challenge badge this term and let’s encourage girls to enjoy the excitement and wonder of science and design!
Spaceport has kindly offered extended Wednesday open hours until 8pm, for all guiding members from the 3rd of October. This results in members having an even bigger opportunity to gain inspiration and experience the galleries and interactive exhibitions that Spaceport has to offer. See www.spaceport.org.uk for more information.