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Techniquest is so much more than a visitor attraction.
Techniquest delivers more science education in communities and schools than any other science and discovery centre in the UK.
We inspire children and young people to continue with their education and take up careers in STEM – and we inspire adults to think about science differently.
But we can’t do this without our supporters. All of our school and communities’ education is funded by individual, corporate partners and Trusts and Foundations.
You can help us continue to provide science education to some of the hardest to reach communities in Wales.
Inspiring young people
We provide “science capital” to children who are unlikely to have any science role models in their lives, particularly in areas where opportunities to work in the STEM sector are minimal. Our expert Science Communicators visit schools and communities to provide positive role models to encourage children to become open to their STEM potential and future career possibilities.
Research suggests that a science capital approach can be particularly helpful for engaging socially disadvantaged students with science. It can improve motivation and can help students see the relevance of what they are learning.
‘Science capital’: a summary for policymakers, King’s College London, 2014
Science is crucial for Wales. As a nation, Wales has clear aspirations for the contribution that STEM can bring to the economy, through employment and research.
Techniquest delivers public benefits by raising the profile of careers in STEM sectors to address the growing skills gap in Wales. This ultimately impacts on the longer-term health of the Welsh economy, not to mention the health and wellbeing of their immediate communities which will grow and prosper and become less reliant upon an already overburdened welfare and health system.
Many primary school teachers don not have the confidence and skills to teach STEM and many secondary school teachers do not have up-to-date knowledge of STEM study and career opportunities to share with their students.
Techniquest plays an important role in offering Welsh teachers continuing professional development opportunities. This helps to increase the scientific literacy of pupils, whilst providing inspiring STEM enrichment activities in support of Wales’ aim to increase its science and engineering talent pool.