CONNECT: Development updates
We are incredibly excited to announce that we have been successful in securing £1.45 Million funding support from the Inspiring Science Fund.
This will enable us to embark on the next exciting stage in Dundee Science Centre’s evolution - shaping the future of the centre along with our communities and partners!
The Inspiring Science Fund is co-funded by the Development for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Wellcome. The scheme supports science centres to rethink what they do and offer the public. Our team is now on a mission to fundraise for an additional £350,000 in order to reach our ambitious fundraising target.
We are looking for support from a variety of sources, including corporate sponsorship – can you help?
Our project, CONNECT, will transform Dundee Science Centre into an inspiring community hub and lifelong learning resource that brings people together and builds capacity within the region. The spaces and programmes co-designed with our communities and influenced by their needs will feel welcoming, safe and accessible for people of all backgrounds. We will be a unique platform to co-create and disseminate new, innovative methods for science engagement.
Take a look at the plans for CONNECT.
further with YOU!
Under 7s Exhibition Area
Designed in partnership with experts in the field of child development to support our earliest learners to get the best start in life.
A Sensory Zone
A highly absorbing environment to support everyone to interact with the world around them, in particular those with sensory impairments.
Ground Floor Exhibition
Interactive exhibits designed to foster communication and the sharing of learning, and of course lots of fun!
The Gathering Place
Re-imagining where science learning happens, the Coffee Shop will transform into The Gathering Place where people socialise and relax with intriguing injections of science, again all shaped by the community.
In addition to the physical transformation, new widening access initiatives, learning programmes and accessiblity equipment will support us make everything we do more accessible for everyone.
A new website will also be developed, underpinned by the themes of CONNECT – inclusion, accessibility and diversity. Our team will also be trained by specialist organisations to ensure that the products and programmes on offer are fit for purpose, accessible and address local needs.
The project partners bring expertise from a range of sectors from Community Learning & Development, Academia, Formal Education and Healthcare.
They are - Dundee City Council, Education Scotland, Dundee and Angus ADHD Support group, V&A Dundee, University of Dundee, Abertay University, University of St Andrews, Dundee & Angus College, and NHS Tayside.
Talks with local community groups will commence in late 2018. Keep an eye out for more news about the project as it develops.
If you would like to find out more about getting involved or how you can support CONNECT, please get in touch: Rebecca Erskine, Head of Development, or 01382 868612