Techniquest Planetarium project to mark 50th anniversary of moon landing

Techniquest is working on a bespoke show that’ll take place in its Planetarium to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

The science discovery centre, located in Cardiff Bay, has been awarded £6000 from the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) to hold the show next year.

Martin Palmer-Smith, a science communicator at Techniquest, helped to secure the funding after pitching the show and getting feedback through the Simply Do Ideas platform.

The idea was then sent on to the STFC, where it received significant recognition and resulted in financial support. Tula Trust has also made a donation of £1,000.

Clare James, fundraising manager at Techniquest, said: “We’re extremely grateful to be receiving incredible financial support from both the STFC and Tula Trust, which have both recognised the work that we’re doing to inspire the future generations of cutting-edge scientists.

“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, to not only young children, but people of all ages.

“Thanks to STFC, we’re delighted to begin developing our public Planetarium show to mark Apollo 11’s historic anniversary. We’ll also be using our generous donation from Tula Trust to deliver inspiring outreach programmes to schools across south Wales.”

The news comes as the educational charity recently secured £3 million from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to mount expansion plans.

Speaking last month, CEO Lesley Kirkpatrick said: “We are over the moon to be awarded this funding and are grateful to BEIS and Wellcome for believing in our ambitions,” she said in a statement.

“It is the culmination of over a year and a half of hard work from our talented team, who are extremely passionate about this next phase in our evolution.

“It means that our plans to expand our science discovery centre and extend our offering to make science accessible to all, can progress in earnest giving our charity a new lease of life, while ensuring a sustainable and long-term future in Wales.”