Visitors will have their first chance to experience Aberdeen Science Centre’s transformational new look from today (4 November), when it reopens to the public after a £6 million refurbishment, supported and part-funded by Opportunity North East (ONE).
The centre, at the Tramsheds on Constitution Street, has been completely modernised over the past two years as part of a major redevelopment project to create an aspirational science centre which reflects the technology and innovation priorities for both industry and education.
More than 60 new interactive exhibits over two floors await visitors. The exhibits are aimed at all ages and are themed into six new zones: Energy; Space; Life Sciences; Make It, Test It; and a special area for the under-6s, as well as the Shell Learning Zone, where science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are brought to life.
They support ASC’s commitment to inspire a lifelong interest in science, by creating engaging experiences which are fun, informative and educational.
Aberdeen Science Centre’s £4.7 million redevelopment was made possible by generous support and funding from the Inspiring Science Fund – a partnership between the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Wellcome – with additional funding provided by Opportunity North East (ONE) and Aberdeen City Council.
The project has secured a further £1.5million from funders and sponsors including OPITO, Shell, Equinor, bp, The Robertson Trust, TAQA and CNOOC International to deliver quality exhibits and programmes to enhance the overall visitor experience at the venue, as well through outreach work.
Fundraising is ongoing for future programmes and activities to engage visitors in STEM.
ONE committed £700,000 to the redevelopment of Aberdeen Science Centre. Sir Ian Wood KT GBE, Chairman of ONE, said: “Innovation and technology are driving change in all aspects of our lives faster than ever before. For young people, STEM skills are essential for the future growth of our economy and its key industry sectors. Aberdeen Science Centre (ASC) is therefore an important asset for the region. It will engage and inspire young people to develop the right skills for the jobs of the future, whether they be in energy transition, digital and tech, or life sciences, for example.
“ONE worked with ASC on the development of the business case and the funding for this ambitious project and the collaborative approach secured significant funds from outside the region. The core redevelopment funding from Wellcome, Aberdeen City Council and ONE has transformed ASC,” said Sir Ian.
Bryan Snelling, chief executive at Aberdeen Science Centre, said the official reopening was a milestone day.
“Thanks to our funders, sponsors and other partners, we now have a modern and inspiring science centre that is fit for the 21st-century and beyond, which reflects the huge advancements in technology and looks ahead to the future."
For more information, visit the www.aberdeensciencecentre.org website.
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