Another record breaking year

23rd April 2014

Glasgow Science Centre has smashed the visitor record it set a mere 12 months ago! Last April, the Clydeside attraction was celebrating its busiest year since opening in 2001, with over 270,000 admissions to the Science Mall. One year on and the record has been shattered with a whopping 305,485 admissions- an increase of nearly 12%.

It has been busy 12 months for the Centre, which has included opening its £2 million BodyWorks exhibition, entering into partnership with Cineworld to operate the IMAX, starting the refurbishment of Glasgow Tower and fundraising for its next exhibition.

Dr Stephen Breslin, Chief Executive at Glasgow Science Centre, said:
“We are thrilled that we have once again set a new record for visitors to the Science Centre. It has been an extremely positive year for us and we are proud of what we have accomplished.  We are the most popular Science Centre in Scotland and our efforts in science learning are being recognised by academia and industry around the UK.

We started the year with the opening of BodyWorks, the biggest refreshment of exhibition space in the Science Mall in over a decade.  BodyWorks is one of the most advanced exhibitions of its kind and has captured the imagination of children, and adults alike. It has been a big draw for our visitors across the year. We are now focusing on the year ahead and building on our successes. There are some great projects and initiatives in the pipeline- the reopening of Glasgow Tower, our activities surrounding the Commonwealth Games and continuing to improve the exhibitions.”

Education numbers are also on the increase at the Centre-with more pupils than ever before experiencing the Centre’s Curriculum of Excellence linked programme. Almost 76,000 school pupils- from nursery to advanced higher pupils- from across Scotland saw science brought to life in a fun and exciting way.

The Centre’s education programme offers learning opportunities that many pupils would not be able to experience inside the classroom. Set against the backdrop of the Science Mall, home to over 300 hands-on exhibits, pupils can see planetarium shows, take part in workshops in the lab, be immersed in IMAX 3D documentaries and be wow’d by live science shows. The activities are carefully designed to fit the capacities and outcomes of Curriculum for Excellence.

Over 12,000 primary school children in Glasgow visited the Centre for free thanks to funding received from Glasgow City Council.

Councillor Stephen Curran, Executive Member for education and young people, said:

"The free access to the centre is a great opportunity for our primary schools to make use of the educational facilities available.

"In many cases you need to go beyond the classroom walls to give pupils a better understanding of a particular subject.

"It is important that our young people are engaged in their learning and these sessions are an ideal way of introducing and exploring real and relevant science studies. "That's why the council is delighted to be able to provide our youngsters with the chance to learn more about the wonders of science in a fun, interactive and hands-on way.

"We are committed to supporting science in our city and especially encouraging our young people to become interested in science so that they can be part of Glasgow's growing green economy.”

 

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