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Budding Einsteins enjoy explosive afternoon at Barking Learning Centre

PUBLISHED: 18:20 12 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:01 13 June 2017

Mayor of Barking and Dagenham, Cllr Abdul Aziz, pictured with his wife Najma Aziz and volunteer Daniel Durosinmi-Etti taking part in LibraryLAB's science fair at Barking Learning Centre. All photos: Paul Bennett.

Mayor of Barking and Dagenham, Cllr Abdul Aziz, pictured with his wife Najma Aziz and volunteer Daniel Durosinmi-Etti taking part in LibraryLAB's science fair at Barking Learning Centre. All photos: Paul Bennett.

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Youngsters enjoyed an explosively fun Saturday when a visiting workshop demonstrated the magic of science.

Volunteer Halimah Mamidu helps a youngster during LibraryLAB's visit to Barking Learning Centre on Saturday.Volunteer Halimah Mamidu helps a youngster during LibraryLAB's visit to Barking Learning Centre on Saturday.

About 60 budding Einsteins took part in not-for-profit Bescience STEM’s free afternoon of experimentation in Barking Learning Centre, where they created everything from lemon-powered clocks to volcano eruptions using just baking soda and vinegar.

Project manager Mariam Ajibola organised the LibraryLAB project, which aims to bring fun science projects to libraries in underprivileged areas.

“It went really well, the kids seemed to really enjoy it,” reflected Mariam, who was helped by fellow project manager Agnes Betty Harding and a team of seven volunteers. “We try and make it as simple as we can, using stuff you can find in your kitchen.”

Mayor of Barking and Dagenham, Cllr Abdul Aziz, and his wife Najma also paid a visit – even getting stuck into making some salt dough.

Volunteer Sophie Ayomide helps a youngster at the LibraryLAB workshop.Volunteer Sophie Ayomide helps a youngster at the LibraryLAB workshop.

LibraryLAB will tour around east London, coming to Dagenham Library and Valence Library in August. Go to bescience.org.uk to find out more.

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