Techniquest gets fundraising boost to expand STEM initiatives

Educational charity Techniquest is planning to expand its range of STEM initiatives after receiving generous donations and a high-profile grant.

Based in Cardiff Bay, the science discovery centre is on a mission to inspire the next generation of scientists by conducting inspirational school outreach programmes. It reaches more than 50,000 pupils yearly.

As a result of new donations from charitable organisations, Techniquest will be able to expand its primary school outreach initiative and support even more pupils.

Techniquest was recently given £4,000 from the Simon Gibson Charitable Trust and has been selected as one of 140 financial beneficiaries. It’ll use the funds to deliver free outreach to schools.

Meanwhile, it’s also won support from the Schroder Charity Trust, which has gifted £5,000. This funding will support outreach for Key Stage 2 pupils in disadvantaged communities across South Wales.

The UK Space Agency is another high-profile supporter of Techniquest, having provided it with a grant of over £5,000 to implement a portable planetarium and deliver free Starlab sessions to 1,500 primary school pupils.

Positioned as a core part of the agency’s outreach initiative, the Space for All grant is aimed at encouraging the use of space as a tool to inspire STEM teaching and learning across the UK.

Clare James, fundraising manager at Techniquest, said the funding will allow the charity to expand its programmes and ensure more children can benefit from STEM learning experiences.

“We’re delighted and extremely grateful to be receiving such incredible support from The Simon Gibson Charitable Trust, the Schroder Charity Trust and the UK Space Agency,” she said.

“As a charity, we rely heavily on the generosity of individuals and organisations to help us on our mission to deliver interactive STEM learning experiences. 

“By taking our educational outreach programmes and Starlab into local schools, these incredible donations will be used to inspire the future generations of cutting-edge scientists.”