The 50th Anniversary of the first landing of humans onto our moon is to be marked by an exciting new programme of special space related activities and shows to be developed for the general public and schools by Techniquest Glyndŵr this Spring and Summer.
Techniquest Glyndwr has just received the good news of funding success from Phase 2 of the Destination Space funding programme. The funding has been awarded to just 13 science centres across the UK by the UK Association of Science Discovery Centres (ASDC) in partnership with the UK Space Agency. Techniquest Glyndŵr is the only science centre in Wales and the North West region of England to receive an award from this new programme.
This funding will enable not only the delivery of new specially devised space related workshops and activities for schools across North Wales and North West England but also a summer of moon landing related activities during the school summer holidays.
This new 2.5 year programme, called Destination Space 2, aims to make a strategic step-change nationally in sharing cutting-edge space science and engineering with children, families and the public more widely. It builds on all the training, knowledge and enthusiasm for space science in science centres across the UK, enabling delivery of these amazing space activities into the future.
Following on from the huge success of ASDC's initial Destination Space education programme, the UK Space Agency is supporting ASDC to create new space resources that will inspire families and school-children with the exciting science and engineering of future space missions, including UK spaceports and space launchers, the new James Webb Space Telescope, the ExoMars mission and innovative ways to use data from satellites.
Dr Penny Fidler, the CEO of ASDC and Programme Director of Destination Space said
“This is such an exciting time for space in the UK. We have spaceports being built here in the next few years, we play a world-leading role in building our own satellites and brilliant new ideas to use the satellite data are being thought up all the time, and to top it off, we have the Mars mission in two years’ time.”
“We are delighted to be sharing all these latest innovations with children, families and the public across the UK, and are rather hoping we might inspire the next round of UK space entrepreneurs.”
Catherine Mealing-Jones, Director of Growth at UK Space Agency said:
“Our £50 million spaceflight programme is a key part of the UK Government's Industrial Strategy.
The space sector is growing fast and we’ll need 30,000 more people to join it over the next decade to meet our ambitions for growth. In partnership with the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC), the UK Space Agency will bring the latest space science to children and families across the UK and help inspire the next generation of space scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs.”
Dawn Pavey, Projects Coordinator at Techniquest Glyndŵr commented
“We’re so pleased that our funding bid to the ASDC has had such a positive outcome. Having been involved in the delivery of the first round of the Destination Space Programme we have been able to witness at first hand the excitement of our school visitors and families in the fantastic achievement of Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station three years ago.
With the funding from Phase 2 of the Programme now assured we can continue to generate even more enthusiasm and interest in space exploration, especially since it is 50 years since, on July 21st 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface.
We’re now hard at work on the detailed preparations and necessary staff training to present this new programme and make it even more exciting and engaging than the previous one.”