“ Telegraph Way, Morn Hill, Winchester, SO21 1HZ. Situated on the A31, three miles east of the M3 (Jcts. 9 or 10). Tel: +44(0)1962 863 791. Fax: +44(0)1962 868 524. Web: www.intech-uk.com. Wheelchair / Disabled access available. Open every day 10am - 4pm (5pm Aug). „
We have just had our little boys 6th birthday party at Intech. A great time was had by all 11 children ranging from 2-9. The food was great and the staff were absolutely lovely. What a wonderful, educational and stress free party. Thank you intech.
We had a wonderful time at Intech today, very hands on and the Planetarium was exceptional, we saw two shows. We would recommend getting there early. Food was very well priced and reasonable. Staff were friendly.
Intech Science Centre and Planetarium is located within Hampshire just off the M3 J9/10 near where it intersects with the M3. Whilst on holiday in Dorset this provided a good range of activities for children I would recommend on a rainy day. The centre is open from 10am to 4pm every day save 3 days over christmas, and even though it was half term was not overly busy.
Unlike the previous reviews I can now report you do pay to visit adult tickets are £6.95 each and childrens are £4.65 (for age 3-14). There are also OAP rates and combination family tickets dependant on the number of adults and children I would recommend reviewing this on the website www.intech-uk.com Planetarium shows are extra at £2 per person.
The schedule for the planetarium shows are always changing but the common themes are space, we saw the Astronaut show, which was great, my daughter at 6 found a few bits loud and scary. Some of the shows do have minimum age limits and you should check this to avoid sibling disappointment. Parking is free with spaces for over a 100 cars.
Interestingly the Planetarium is the largest in the UK with a large dome screen up above the seats, so need to rush to the front everyone has a view here.
My first impression on arrival was this place is small and we won't be here long, I was mistaken, you enter on the ground floor but there is also a lower floor once within the building. I think for younger children this is an ideal attraction, my own view is that teenagers would be bored.
The museuem aims to make science fun, through the use of practical examples from everyday life that require hands on involvement as well as thought, boasting over 100 hands on exhibits. My favourites were the siting of mobile phone masts to ensure a good signal for a car on a journey, cranes, flight simulator, viscosity testing, newtons cradle, the suspended bridge, the thermal imaging camera to name but a few.
As it was half term there was also a magician performing a couple of times - this was an excellent show and a nice break.
The museum has all the facilities you expect for disabled and non-disabled visitors. They have their Chompers cafe with a good range of food (but abit out of stock with lollies - sold out on Friday by Monday not re-stocked). You are not allowed to eat / drink your own food within the cafe but there is an outdoor picnic area with tables.
There is also a shop with various souvenirs, books, toys - I found this pretty uninspiring, we left with a badge but we had to make this ourselves - that wasn't exactly clear.
The entry fee was reduced by utilising a voucher from the Coinks (Ryvita Rewards) website - this meant the child ticket was free, unless your into Ryvitas and inputting the codes I wouldn't suggest this as a cost effective way of reducing the entrance fee.
A highly recommended day out for all the family.
Intech is a science and technology centre - simply overflowing with knobs,levers, and all the other things that makes the learning of science so much fun for kids. Its first priority is to educate children, and so it is often the focus for a school visit. But the fun doesn't need to stop there! It is equally entertaining for families, and actually free of charge for visitors who come as family groups (the £2.50 admission charge made to members of school parties is not applicable to individuals). The displays cover many aspects of science... sound, light, forces, movement and so on. You will also find the science behind technology explained there - things like telephones, gears, binary, and wheels. Find out why things happen, and how we make things work. If you take more than one child, it helps, as the interactive displays aometimes need two to use. However, if you do only have one, then it isn't the end of the world, there are often other youngsters there alone who will be happy to shout down the other end of a 'phone to yours, or discuss the workings of one piece of wondrous science or another. And, if all else fails, even the least scientific of us adults will find the instructions and explanations clear to follow! Like many mothers, I'm not overly enthused by science, but I did find Intech to be informative and entertaining. And when my son started asking all those dreaded, 'How? and Why?' type questions that children ask in science centres, I found that the answers were supplied to me on the clearly written signs. At the same time, the exhibitions are not pitched too low to be interesting to adults with greater scientific knowledge than I, and it is the sort of place that can be returned to many times, especially as children grow up, and their understanding increases. Best of all though.... the centre is FREE for family groups to visit. You will find that an hour or two at the end of a shopping trip
, perhaps, allows kids to see and concentrate on a small part of the exhibition, so exploring and learning a manageable chunk of knowledge. A single, long visit shows most children more than they can possibly 'take in' and remember in one go, and most will want to return. Alternatively, take them back there after a school visit, so they can re-explore their personal favourite areas in greater depth. The gift shop, though small, has a super range of very intersting items - loads of stocking fillers and pocket money toys!
InTech Interactive Technology Exhibition 01962 863791 http://www.hants.gov.uk/leisure/transprt/intech/ Why didn't we visit these places like this when we were at school? InTech Interactive Technology Exhibition is a great educational and hands-on centre. InTech is truly interactive and more importantly it is fun - for both adult assistants, teachers and yes the children as well! The InTech Exhibition is designed and run by the local education authority. Its aim is an aid to assist the National Curriculum in Science and Technology for both primary and secondary school levels. What also is good about the set up is that they have their own buses so local schools don't have to hire their own transport - thus costs are per pupil is £2.50 per head, with all assistants getting in for free! InTech is truly interactive and hands-on. There are no old dinosaurs giving guided tours boring the pants off you. The place is wall to wall exhibits for the children and adults to explore technology and science. The exhibits cover a large number of subjects such as light, sound, magnets, friction, weights, measures, teamwork, biology, the weather system, bridges, pulleys, cranes, wind tunnels and stress (mechanical & mental - in charge of a group of eager children) etc. The exhibits are set up really well and most manage in small groups of 4-5 people at a time. Light is explored with beams of light with the use of prisms and liquid allowing the children to discover first hand things like refraction, reflection, diffraction, electromagnetic spectrum etc. Sound is explored through using Morse code to spell out names, telephones to converse with your friends across the room in a different group, changing the tone and pitch of frequencies. Wind and aerodynamics is explored through the use of a wind tunnel (which didn't work for our group - maybe we didn't read the simple instructions) and the smoke tunnel. The smoke tunne
l allowed the children to experiment by placing objects in the path of the smoke jets and actually observing drag (roof racks on model cars & wings), eddies, aerodynamics (aircraft wings and spoilers on cars). The mechanical exhibits seem to be my group's favourites. They worked really well to build a free-standing bridge. They operated a huge wooden robotic arm (lift, lower, rotation, grabbing) to lift blocks and then used a large wooden crane (lift, lower, rotation, hook) to stack blocks. My group carried out a full-scale mining and production line for chickpeas by using a seed drill, excavator, conveyor belt etc. There were telephones to communicate with other groups across the room, pulleys, levers, and cogwheels the lot. All the exhibits adequately reinforced science and technology to the children without the need for a textbook or lecture - which has to be very good. All exhibits had very clear instructions and diagrams illustrating what the piece of equipment was and how to use it. My group usually bypassed the instructions and decided to take the hands-on approach. When the kids did get stuck they looked at the instructions or asked for help. Most of the exhibits were in good working order, although some had minor problems with things not working 100%. This didn't deject from the day out. I was looking after a group of girls but they had as much fun as the boys did. I had extremes of introverts and extroverts within my group and it suited extremely well both sets of behaviours. I thoroughly enjoyed going around the exhibition. I enjoyed seeing first hand stuff that I learnt at school in the way of textbooks now physically working. If I had been to a place like this when I was at school I would have enjoyed science and technology even more. The children even made their own proper badges. They wore them with pride and showed them off to all their friends when they returned to school. If you are in the Winchester area or know of an in
teractive science and technology exhibition then I would thoroughly recommend going to it! These are the sort of places are extremely helpful to children who enjoy science or for those who struggle to learn the concepts of science. Very highly recommended by everyone who went on the trip - children, assistants and teachers. Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 09:30 - 16:30 Sat: 09:30 - 16:00
INTECH family science centre, near Winchester, is an under cover, all-weather visitor attraction. There are 90 hands-on interactive science and technology exhibits, ideal for the child aged 4-12. INTECH also has the UKs largest Planetarium. 176 seats, 17 metre dome screen, 3,000 watts sound system and digital shows.