Learning science will be child’s play at Lack Reserve


Sydney’s first science-based playground is coming to Campbelltown.

Campbelltown City Council is developing a series of master plans and concept designs for six play spaces in Campbelltown, including a pilot sciencebased playground in Glen Alpine.

Council is working with Dr Ragbir Bhathal of Western Sydney University and play space designer Ric McConaghy to design a pilot sciencebased playground at Lack Reserve in Glen Alpine.

The park, which is in the concept planning phase, is proposed to include science elements such as a Fibonacci balance beam, infinity mirror, pendulum swing, ground trampolines and spinner demonstrating centrifugal force.

The purpose of the science playground will be to provide an environment that is not only fun, but provides a unique learning experience outside of the usual four walls of a classroom.

Campbelltown Mayor, Cr George Brticevic, said Council wanted to create playground that provided more than physical exercise.

“Physical play is an important part of every child’s development,” he said.

“But it also presents an opportunity for children to start to learn other important scientific concepts without even realising it.

“The swing demonstrates the concept of a pendulum, trampolines introduce the concept of action and reaction and the spica spinner demonstrates centrifugal force.” For more information about Campbelltown’s Play Space Strategy visit campbelltown.nsw.gov.au/playstrategy


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