22nd September

Catalyst to be part of Operation Earth

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre is delighted to announce that we have been selected as one of ten science centres across the UK who will deliver a project called Operation Earth.

This project has been designed by the UK Association of Science and Discovery Centres and the Natural Environment Research Council who have developed a programme of activities that will explore the importance of environmental science in helping us understand our changing world.

Catalyst, in collaboration with Techniquest Glyndwr, will deliver a programme of hands-on activities, experiments, public shows and meet-the-expert sessions for children and families that will highlight the relevance of contemporary environmental science issues to everyone’s daily lives and to society’s future.

Project Director and CEO of ASDC, Dr Penny Fidler said ” IF we truly want our nation’s young people to be inspired and motivated by environmental 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. We are delighted to be working with NERC and to have together selected ten fantastic Science Centres to deliver this inspirational national STEM programme.”

NERC’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Alison Robinson said, “At NERC we are thrilled that environmental science is at the heart of this national engagement programme. Our science reaches across the globe and into all parts of our daily lives. This programme gives young people and families a hands-on way to get involved with some world-class NERC science and see how it is relevant to them. We hope everyone who takes part will be inspired to get involved in the debate around environmental science as a great way to help solve some of our big future challenges.”

Commenting from Catalyst, Education Manager, Lucinda Lewis said “I am delighted to discover that we have been successful in our bid to deliver the NERC sponsored “Operation Earth” shows and workshops. We have a number of interactives within our hands-on gallery, sponsored by local industry, based on environmental sciences. The introduction of presenter led programmes on this theme will be a great addition to our inspirational offer for visitors. We have built a fantastic relationship with Techniquest Glyndwr and collaboration on this project will allow families and schools from the North West and North Wales to get involved, maximising the opportunities for our communities.”