The Winchester Science Centre is an independent educational charity, that inspires children across the south of England (and worldwide online) to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
As Chief Technology and Information Security Officer (CTO/CISO) at a purpose-driven enterprise business, I am passionate about STEM and very aware of the challenges associated with diversity, inclusion and inequality.
Therefore, I am a long-time supporter (and frequent visitor) of the Winchester Science Centre.
Disclaimer, my wife is Head of Marketing at the Winchester Science Centre. However, we visited the Winchester Science Centre with our family many times before her employment. It was our love for the experience that prompted her to explore career opportunities.
The Winchester Science Centre provides a range of experiences for the entire family, including:
Sound, Hearing and Vibration: An open area packed with interactive exhibits. Highlights include Europe’s largest playable guitar, the sonic rocket, where you can explore environmental acoustics and my personal favourite, gravity run, which propels a ball through a vertical course.
Explorer:Space: A second open interactive area, focused on space and space exploration. Highlights include the ability to programme a miniature lunar rover and exhibits that demonstrate the impact of infrared light and gravity. There is also a soft play area for smaller children.
The Planetarium: The UK’s largest standalone planetarium, with a stunning 360-degree screen, with narrated shows that provide a unique insight into space, our solar system and beyond.
For example, the photo below is my son exploring an exhibit that highlights the delicate balance between people, farming and pets.
The short promotion video below highlights the experience, with special guest stars at 0:16 and 0:25 (my kids).
Outside of the venue, Winchester Science Centre actively enagage the community, including local schools, science festivals, and freely available online STEM activities, supported by their passionate team of STEM Ambassadors.
If you’re interested in STEM and live in the south of England, I highly recommend a trip to Winchester Science Centre (SO12 1HZ).