Lesley Kirkpatrick, CEO
The term ‘science capital’ isn’t familiar to everyone, but in essence it is a concept which gives valuable insight into why and how some people participate in, and engage with, STEM-related experiences — and why some do not.
Science capital itself is a measure of your engagement or relationship with science, how much you value it and whether you feel it’s ‘for you’ and connected to your life.
It highlights the significance of what you know about science, how you think about it, what (science-related activities) you do and who you know in shaping attitudes and feelings about STEM.
Everyone’s science capital is different. It is not fixed, it can change across a lifetime and the more that you engage in positive science experiences, the more potential there is over time, to impact on and grow your own science capital.
Science and innovation is crucial in modern society. It has the power to change the way we live our lives and is integral to our future.
At Techniquest, we want to grow people’s science capital and welcome as many visitors through the doors as we can, to experience the wonder of science directly for themselves. By growing science capital in individuals and the communities of Wales and beyond, we can help more people to see science as a vitally important part of their lives and culture; helping to broaden opportunities and access to STEM-related jobs in the future.
We are very grateful to the funders who have helped make this project a reality: UK Research & Innovation and Wellcome Trust’s Inspiring Science Fund, Moondance Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, and Welsh Government’s ‘Invest to Save’ fund.
A team of experts worked with us on the extension including: project managers Lee Wakemans, architects HLM, Wardell Armstrong and engineers Hydrock.