East End science centre opens at weekend for first time

AN INNOVATIVE community science centre has opened its doors to the public on Saturdays for the first time.

Education charity Centre of the Cell, in Whitechapel, held a bash to celebrate its weekend launch on January 29.

The interactive ‘pod’ - where classes and events are held - is the first science education centre in the world set inside a medical research laboratory.

Using interactive digital games, the centre aims to connect science to everyday life.

The tools allow the dozens of school children who visit the centre every week to carry out their own virtual experiments, explore real body parts and diagnose cancerous tissues using microscopes

The centre is now encouraging parents to bring their children and other curious East Enders to book themselves in on Saturdays.

Funds for the centre, annexed onto Queen Mary, University of London, were donated by the Jack Petchey Foundation and Deutsche Bank.

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On Saturdays, the pod shows start at 11am, 1pm and 3pm and the science theatre shows at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm.

Book online at centreofthecell.org.