The Astronomer Royal for Scotland, Professor Catherine Heymans, officially opened Aberdeen Science Centre today (October 8), following its £6 million redevelopment.
Aberdeen Science Centre reopened to the public last November after the major project to create an aspirational science centre, which reflects the STEM priorities for both industry and education.
Opportunity North East supported the business case for the redevelopment and provided vital co-funding for the project.
More than 60 new interactive exhibits over two floors now await visitors, including RoboThespian, a chatty humanoid robot sponsored by the centre’s Digital Futures Partner, Equinor, and The OPITO Theatre of Energy – the UK’s first immersive experience of its kind. The centre’s exhibits are aimed at all ages and are themed into six zones: Energy; Space; Life Sciences; Make It, Test It; and a dedicated 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.
The centre recently received its first accolade since reopening, the Travellers’ Choice Award from the world’s largest travel platform, Tripadvisor.
Bryan Snelling, chief executive of Aberdeen Science Centre, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Professor Heymans and our invited special guests to mark the official opening of Aberdeen Science Centre following its fantastic redevelopment.
“Although we have had a challenging first year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which also delayed our celebratory event, we are now open seven days a week and have welcomed thousands of visitors through the doors, as well as school groups and corporate guests.
“This is a celebration of all the work that has gone into redeveloping the centre to transform it into a modern visitor attraction which showcases STEM innovations through educational and fun exhibits and events.”
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 and Aberdeen City Council.
Jennifer Craw, chief executive of Opportunity North East, said: “Engaging young people in science and technology is essential for skills and jobs as the region develops its leadership role in the low-carbon economy and tech. ASC has become an outstanding visitor attraction and inspires people to develop STEM skills for their future careers.”
The project secured a further £1.5 million 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.
For more information and to book a visit, visit www.aberdeensciencecentre.org.
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