GSC and GSK continue successful partnership

28th February 2013

Glasgow Science Centre is taking science on the road once again thanks to the continued support from GlaxoSmithKline.  The pharmaceutical company has awarded the Centre £500,000 to build on the unprecedented success of the ‘BodyWorks on Tour’ program. The funding will allow an additional three years of delivery plus new shows, workshops and exhibits including a 3-dimensional journey through a virtual human body.

Scottish Parliament representatives as well as officials from universities, community groups and healthcare organisations gathered at a celebratory event at the Garden Lobby Steps last evening (Wednesday 27th February). Attendees were able to get hands-on and experience BodyWorks exhibits and see some spectacular demonstrations.

From the remotest spots of the Scottish islands to the Baltic region of Europe, nearly 230,000 people have experienced the healthy living initiative ‘BodyWorks on Tour’- almost five times more than was originally forecast. All the activities are interactive and carefully designed to support the Curriculum for Excellence.

Dr Stephen Breslin, Chief Executive of Glasgow Science Centre, said:

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with GlaxoSmithKline for ‘BodyWorks on Tour’. We aim to be at the heart of public engagement with science and this program allows us to visit children in their classrooms who may not have been able to visit the Centre due to their location or other factors. ‘BodyWorks on Tour’ is a fantastic way for people to learn more about the wonders of science in a fun, interactive and hands-on way. Making understanding health more accessible and interesting will equip our young people with a better understanding of what they can do to keep their bodies healthy.”

Thanks to the additional support from GlaxoSmithKline, the ‘On Tour’ experience has been developed into two health and wellbeing programs- BodyVision and FitLab. BodyVision will look at issues like how lifestyle choices can make a difference to your body and FitLab will uncover the effects of exercise on your body and how to reach your personal best. There are shows looking at digestion, exhibits where you can meet move objects with the power of your mind and real human tissue samples including a head and torso.

Katie Pinnock, from GlaxoSmithKline said:

“As a science-based company GlaxoSmithKline has an active programme of support for science education. One of our key aims is to equip and encourage young people to study science in further and higher education, and to take up careers in science.
We are immensely proud of our long term relationship with the Glasgow Science Centre and that we have been able to help support them develop Bodyworks to engage and excite young minds.”

Glasgow Science Centre is an educational charity which provides curriculum aligned learning experiences to more than 100,000 Scottish school children every year. From first steps in science for nursery schools children to advanced higher level experiments that are difficult for schools to deliver. Partnerships and support from organisations like GlaxoSmithKline are invaluable and help the Centre achieve its mission to engage people in science in a fun and thought provoking way across the whole of Scotland. Bob Doris, MSP for Glasgow, sponsored the Scottish Parliament event:

"I was delighted to sponsor the parliamentary visit by Glasgow Science Centre's Bodyworks On Tour exhibition. The project has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2009, and demonstrates excellent partnership working between Glasgow Science Centre and GSK. The approach taken by Bodyworks on Tour is not only an innovative and engaging way of encouraging young people to take more interest in their health, but also demonstrates the range of science careers that exist in the field of health. The tour makes a wonderful educational resource available to so many. Fundamentally, by allowing young people to explore and discover aspects of their own health, Bodyworks on Tour empowers people to make positive decisions. That is a far more effective model than merely preaching about lifestyle choices, and I am sure the tour will go on to enjoy further success in the years ahead."

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