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Countdown Is On: Brainiac Live brings Astronaut Academy science event to Plymouth this Easter

If you’re looking for something more than the usual egg hunts for your kids this Easter in Plymouth, then you are in for a treat. Budding young astronauts are being challenged to design, build and launch their own space craft at an awesome Brainiac Live interactive science event at the Royal William Yard. And it looks out of this world!

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Brainiac Live is the UK’s leading interactive science event and are bringing their Astronaut Academy to the city for young people to enjoy. With support from the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, the exciting event will take place over Easter weekend at the Yard and now all budding Brainiacs are being called to join in their most thrilling challenge yet – the Mission to Mars.

Brainiac Live science event staff

The Brainiac Live Mission

Let’s set the scene here. It’s 2037 and the Brainiac team are ready to explore new worlds and the red planet of Mars but need the people of Plymouth’s help to design, build and launch rockets that are suitable. And that’s where you come in.

The Brainiac team will be on hand to help Plymouth families build their ultimate space craft but they must choose their materials wisely, understand the science of space and remember it’s t-minus 60 and the clock is ticking to Launch.

Jon Walton, CEO, of Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, said: “We’re ‘out of this world’ excited to be able to bring the Brainiac Live roadshow to Plymouth. With thanks to the team at Royal William Yard who have been instrumental in the planning for this event by supporting us with a suitable venue across the Easter weekend. This is a first for the city and is made possible thanks to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The Astronaut Academy will be fun for all the family.”

Brainiac Live Will Put Family’s Skills To The Test

This hugely entertaining, hour long hands-on immersive activity, led by the Brainiacs will provide Plymouth’s young astronauts and their families an opportunity to test their rocket design, engineering, and space exploration skills.

Brainiac Live is designed to ignite a passion for science in children and adults alike through a variety of interactive exhibits, workshops, and demonstrations.

Brainiac Live science event where children design and build their own rocket

Dan Colman, Brainiac Live Producer, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership to bring the Brainiac team to Plymouth with the Brainiac Astronaut Academy. After more than 15 years touring with the world’s favourite science show it’s great to see families continue to laugh and learn together with the latest Brainiac challenge!

“It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to work with Jon Walton and Kim Downer from PWP as well as the team at Royal William Yard to help introduce great family show and experiences to new live audiences and be part of these exciting developments.”

Snap Up Your Tickets Quick

The Brainiac Live Astronaut Academy touches down at Royal William Yard from Friday 29th March until Monday 1st April. One-hour long sessions will be held at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm in the Brewhouse building (next door to Wagamama). Family tickets are priced at £8 (for a maximum of six people). Booking is essential here via Eventbrite. Tickets are rocketing out the door already, so hurry if you’re interested.

Brainiac Live science event

You can reach Royal William Yard on foot, by car, Plymouth Citybus number 34 service, by Beryl bikes and by ferry. And good news – the Royal William Yard, Barbican and Mount Edgcumbe Ferry resumes its daily service on Good Friday (29th March).

A new ferry route will offer free trips for the day between Saltash and Royal William Yard on 30th March. Plymouth Boat Trips will run the service, which is part of a new scheme running at Saltash Waterside. Trips will run 10am-4pm; they will be free and offered on a first come first served basis.

The Waterfront Business Improvement District (BID) has been in operation since April 2012 and is delivered through Plymouth Waterfront Partnership Ltd (PWP), a not-for-profit organisation. The BID encompasses more than 960 businesses across four square miles of the Plymouth Waterfront.

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