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Weekend Picks: Think-Tank Science Garden

Millenium Point: Birmingham - between 3pm and 5pm each day

The Think-Tank, Birmingham's science museum at Millennium Point, opened a Science Garden five years ago at a cost of several million pounds. It was the first of its kind in the UK and one of only a few worldwide.

This ‘outdoor discovery space’ outside Think-Tank, offers visitors the chance to try out a variety of different scientific devices and explore the machinery which is helping to protect the environment through solar and wind power, you can even have a go on a human hamster wheel!

The 8-metre high terminus, as well as the mechanical theatre and square wheeled dragon are just some of the attractions, and, if you’re feeling brave after the Christmas break, the giant weighing station could be right up your street.

These Think-Tank science garden attractions are free between 3pm and 5pm each day, there is an admission fee to the full attraction.


Homeland actor David Harewood inspired to be a donor

Homeland star David Harewood has admitted that watching someone he knew die inspired him to become an organ donor.

The Birmingham-born actor joined other celebrities this week in supporting a campaign urging people to pass on their organ donation wishes and sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register for National Transplant Week, which began today.

Actor David Harewood comes from Small Heath in Birmingham Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

"It's an important issue, but it's a sensitive subject," Harewood said.

"There are hundreds of people waiting for organs around the country. If people had this conversation with their families, many people could have their lives saved or prolonged with the help these organs could provide.

"I wanted to be involved in this campaign because life is precious. You can't take it with you so it's important you help to pass it on."