Cardiff’s Techniquest has taken one giant leap for scientific education by providing its popular exhibits to a new centre launched by astronaut Tim Peake.
The educational charity, based in Cardiff Bay, has provided a number of interactive exhibitions to the newly opened Airbus Foundation Discovery Space Stem centre in Stevenage.
The specialist centre, funded by Airbus, the Airbus Foundation and the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership in conjunction with North Hertfordshire College, aims to inspire students to explore Stem subjects and promote understanding of space.
As part of the exhibition Techniquest’s experts have designed, manufactured, and installed an educational exhibition for the facility, including a controllable robotic arm, an interactive thermal imaging camera, as well as others that allow users to experiment with light, sound, and forces.
There is also a viewing gallery allowing visitors to see ongoing engineering activities associated with the build and test of the European Space Agency’s ExoMars Rover in the Mars Yard.
The centre was launched by Major Peake on the day he announced his return to the International Space Station (ISS).
Ahead of this he visited the Cardiff-based educational charity, where he got the chance to meet 200 pupils from across Wales.
Airbus expects its new £2.5 million centre to attract 5,000 students every year.
Techniquest CEO Lesley Kirkpatrick said Techniquest’s involvement with the Airbus centre was the perfect partnership and aligned entirely with their educational and scientific aims.
She said: “We at Techniquest are thrilled to be involved with the newly launched Airbus Foundation Discovery Space Stem centre.
“Their core mission to engage with students across the country, and to promote scientific education through the Stem curriculum, fits perfectly with the work we do in Cardiff.
“This progressive facility is reaching out to young people to inspire them with engaging displays, including the ExoMars Rover area, something we as an educational charity are constantly aiming to achieve.
“The fact our exhibits are contributing to better scientific engagement across the country is something we are delighted with and we wish the centre every success.”
Techniquest is now continuing to work with the facility to develop further exhibits and displays over the coming year, Mrs Kirkpatrick said.
The exhibition highlights Techniquest’s reputation for its innovative commercial business work. This involves the centre’s interactive design and manufacturing experts providing installations, programmes and consultancy to organisations around the world.
Thanks to their unparalleled experience in this area contracts are continually secured which all help to support the ongoing work of the educational charity.
Techniquest continues to be a beacon for scientific learning in Wales providing 120-hands on exhibits in Cardiff Bay, along with a Science Theatre, a Planetarium and a shop packed full of Welsh souvenirs and educational gifts.