Young scientists in the making enjoy festival activities

group five people around a table with learning aids

Learning about physics of skateboard tricks - Credit: Emily Sethi

The Young Devon Sidmouth Youth Centre team were lucky enough to host two sessions of fun activities last month, as part of the annual Sidmouth Science Festival.

On Tuesday 12th October, we had a special guest at our Open Access evening youth session at the Centre; Science Festival ‘Activity Host’ Alex stopped by to show our young people the physics behind the various tricks you can do on a skateboard using his Tech Deck skateboard kit.

A young girl trying out virtual reality technology

Virtual Reality experience - Credit: Emily Sethi

On Saturday 16th October, our team hosted a day of Virtual Reality, 3D Printing and… Rock music?!

Young people enjoyed various fun Virtual Reality activities, including walking the plank and skiing down snow slopes, as well as trying their hands at the rhythm game ‘Beat Saber’.

Chris Moore, Lead Youth Worker at Sidmouth Youth Centre, ran a 3D Printing workshop; showing young people how technology can help us to produce just about anything we put our minds to. Together, they created some 3D printed name tags; very cool!

During the afternoon we hosted a Rock guitarist, who used a mixture of science and comedy to explain the physics and theory of music, including frequency and wavelengths.

Young people sat down listening to a presentation from a man with a guitar

Afternoon with a 'Rock' guitarist - Credit: Emily Sethi

Hosting Sidmouth Science Festival activities at Sidmouth Youth Centre was an amazing experience for all. We’re thrilled that over 60 young people, plus their parents and visitors, attended our two sessions. It was an incredibly fun week, and everyone went away learning great new things!

Thank you to Sidmouth Science Festival and Sidmouth Town Council for making these memorable sessions possible.

We are a charity that has been supporting young people across Devon since 1949. Our team of 150 staff and 75 volunteers deliver services from 15 sites; including Plymouth, Exeter, Newton Abbot, Ivybridge, Sidmouth, Barnstaple and Ilfracombe and our outreach programme supports young people in rural locations.

Building quality relationships is at the centre of every service we offer. The support we provide is split in to four key areas:

Skills: We help young people develop the skills they need to succeed; empowering them to become active members of their community.

Wellbeing: We increase access for young people to get support with their mental health. Our Youth Enquiry Services provide a safe, open and confidential environment where young people can access information, advice and support on issues relevant to them.

Accommodation: We work to improve the quality of accommodation for young people and to make sure that no young person goes without a roof over their head.

Voice: We ensure that young people get their voice heard. Impact: in any one week, 25 young people help shape and co-design our services, for the benefit of others.

Young Devon aims to invest in young people, helping them build their life skills, confidence and motivation to become independent adults.

For further information, please contact Emily Sethi on 07843337869 or Andrew Turnock on 01752 424759.

To find out more about how Young Devon changes the odds in favour of young people, point your mouse at www.youngdevon.org