THERE may be no live science shows and hands on activities to join, but Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium staff will not let a three week lockdown stop them.

A new 'Science@Home' programme of activities is being launched on Sunday (March 29) to support families and carers looking for educational activities.

The team has been working tirelessly for the past week to pull together a mix of weekly challenges, facts, DIY science demos and more.

There will also be ‘ask the expert’ sessions, real-life hero profiles and links to additional content recommended by the centre’s team.

Ben Ward, Chief Executive of Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium, said: “Our charity is committed to sparking curiosity in STEM in everyone and we want to do our best to support families during this uncertain time.

"We miss our visitors and hope to see them again very soon, but until then we hope that families will really engage with the activities that our Inspirers have designed and that we will help create some future STEM superstars."

The new activities have been themed around some of the centre’s key focus areas such as space and the outdoors.

They will be released via the centre’s social media channels and will be uploaded to the website so they can be easily accessed at all times.

Social media followers will have already spotted videos and facts appearing online, with close to 3,000 people watching a DIY Science demonstration about light refraction.