Techniquest has invested over £190,000 into its “innovative exhibits” and facilities in a bid to enhance its experience for thousands of visitors.
The science discovery centre, which features 120 hands-on interactive exhibits, has ploughed significant funding into its Cardiff Bay facility over the past 12 months in a bid to “renew and refresh” its unique offering.
Nearly £100,000 has been invested in seven new exhibits – the Lego Soyuz space capsule, the Virtual Reality changing room, Animate It, and Imagination Playground.
Upgrades have also been made to the educational charity’s digital offering, including improvements to its website, online booking system, and Wifi, as well as the development of ‘Look Closer’, a web application to complement its exhibits.
Overall more than £193,000 has been invested into Techniquest, chief executive officer Lesley Kirkpatrick said, as it strives to continuously enhance and promote scientific learning across Wales.
“As an educational charity, we are committed to ensuring that Wales develops a scientifically literate society through interactive STEM engagement. It is therefore vital that we remain fresh and innovative to remain up-to-date with current scientific and digital trends and educational curriculums.
“As part of this, we recognise the need to constantly re-evaluate and refresh our science discovery centre in a bid to enhance our visitor experience and extend our appeal to audiences of all ages.
“This significant investment has allowed Techniquest to introduce some really exciting exhibits which not only take scientific education to the next level, but also provide an engaging, memorable and innovative experience for those wanting a fun day out.
“We look forward to welcoming visitors young and old to the centre over the coming months to see all the new improvements we have introduced for themselves.”
As part of the investment and to increase its revenue streams going forward, Techniquest launched new conference and event facilities in May following a refurbishment.
“Despite going for 30 years, many people are still unaware that we’re a charity. Over the last few months, we’ve been on a journey and long term programme of change and re-focus to ensure Techniquest has a sustainable future. We have looked at how we diversify our income streams and with such an iconic building in the heart of Cardiff Bay, offering our space to hire for events seemed like a natural step.”
Techniquest is an educational charity based in Cardiff Bay. It is Wales’ largest provider of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) enrichment activity through its science discovery centre and UK-leading educational programme.