The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres, The Royal Society of Chemistry and BOC are delighted to announce the launch of the delivery phase of the national programme ‘The Secret World of Gases’.
Four Science Centres around the UK; Winchester Science Centre, W5 in Belfast, Aberdeen Science Centre and Techniquest Glyndŵr in North Wales, have all started delivering shows and activities as part of The Secret World of Gases. Glasgow Science Centre, Eureka! and Life Science Centre all begin delivery next month, with Eden Project and National Space Centre starting later this year.
The Secret World of Gases is a two-year national programme that is engaging, inspiring and involving school-age children and their families with the amazing stories and science of gases. The programme investigates the latest innovations, dispels myths and explores how gases will be used for a greener future.
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.
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."