Announcing an exciting new national science programme

The Secret World of Gases

The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC), The Royal Society of Chemistry and BOC are delighted to announce the selection of nine excellent science centres who will together deliver 'The Secret World of Gases', an exciting new programme for families looking at the gases that are all around us. The successful centres are as follows:

The Secret World of Gases is a two-year national programme that will engage, inspire and involve school-age children and their families with the amazing stories and science of gases. The programme will investigate the latest innovations, dispel myths and explore how gases will be used for a greener future. Delivery of the activities will commence in 2018.

Overall, the programme is creating a series of exceptional hands-on activities, experiments, public shows and meet-the-expert sessions for children and families across the UK. The activities will be delivered by the successful infrastructure of the UK's science and discovery centres and museums. This network engages over 20 million people each year with the wonders of science.

The hands-on activities will give young people the confidence, curiosity, and interest to continue to explore and ask questions long after they leave the science and discovery centres. This national programme is led by ASDC with scientific expertise from both the Royal Society of Chemistry and BOC, the UK's biggest industrial and medical gases company, which is part of the global Linde Group. The programme will be delivered by the nine selected science centres, engaging over 54,000 children and adults.

The project team led by ASDC are creating the activities, experiments, family shows, preparing an experiments training manual, training the science centres, purchasing and delivering all the hands-on equipment to the centres. The content is being developed with expertise from Winchester Science Centre. Selected science centres will start delivering this exciting programme to families across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales from early 2018 with most launching in the February 2018 half term.

Dr Penny Fidler, the Project Director and CEO of ASDC said:
"We are delighted to have selected nine fantastic Science Centres to deliver this inspirational national programme focussing on chemistry, gases and sustainability. If we truly want our nation's young people to be inspired and motivated by science and consider it as a career for their future, we need to give them imaginative and creative hands-on opportunities like these so they can see how enjoyable the questions and challenges of real science are."

Jon Edwards of the Royal Society of Chemistry said:
"From climate change to cooking dinner, the chemistry of gases is part of everybody's everyday life. For decades, the Royal Society of Chemistry and BOC have shared the goal of inspiring people with this science that is sometimes invisible, but always around you. We are delighted to be working together with BOC, ASDC and the nine selected Science Centres to help thousands of people around the country enjoy these stories and reveal the many roles of gases in their lives."

Stephen Windsor-Lewis of BOC said:
"BOC/Linde are passionate about education and about demonstrating - to young people in particular - just how ingenious, inspiring and important industrial gases are to life today and life tomorrow. I'm delighted that this programme will be delivered nationally by such excellent Science Centres and we look forward to seeing these exciting experiments in action throughout the UK."

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