Our partnership with Eureka! Science + Discovery

 

We are proud to be a founding partner of an innovative new visitor attraction which aims to inspire children and young people in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) subjects. Here, you can discover more about our partnership with Eureka! Science + Discovery and how the centre hopes to play a crucial role in helping to tackle skills challenges across the UK and the local area.

 

Eureka! Science + Discovery is a world-class visitor centre being developed in the Wirral at Seacombe Ferry Terminal, Wallasey. The innovative new attraction aims to inspire a new generation of young scientists and STEAM superfans, aged 7-14.

“We hope Eureka! Science + Discovery inspires millions of young people and families to get excited and engaged with science and STEAM subjects,” said Eureka!’s Chief Executive, Leigh-Anne Stradeski.

“Eureka! in Halifax is very much known as the national children’s museum, but we know Eureka Science + Discovery in Merseyside will bring something else and appeal to older children and families. Put simply, we just want to get young people more excited about science and technology, helping to encourage them to explore and fall in love with STEAM subjects.”

The centre, which has been co-created with young people, local communities and partners across Merseyside, will breathe new life into key subjects through a range of unique exhibits and interactive experiences, and also has a crucial role in helping to tackle skills challenges in the UK and across the north-west.

Duncan Clark, Ørsted’s Head of Region UK
“By boosting engagement with STEM subjects and aspiration in science-based careers, we can open up the world of future possibilities to future generations of scientists and engineers across the region.”
Duncan Clark Ørsted’s Head of Region UK

Having been part of the community since around 2007 and building on a thriving Burbo Bank Extension Community Benefit Fund, Eureka! Science + Discovery is our latest contribution which will have positive and lasting impact on the young people in the area. Last year, as part of our partnership, we announced a £100,000 regional investment to support the project and continued regeneration of the Wirral waterfront.

Inspiring the next generation of wind turbine technicians

More than 120 young people have been involved in designing the exhibition content, working in partnership with key stakeholders across the Liverpool City Region, including Ørsted as Founding Partner, alongside Unilever, Sci-tech Daresbury, Arup, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Liverpool John Moores University.

Our employees have also been a part of a co-creation process to inform the new low carbon-themed content that will inspire the next generation of wind turbine technicians. Jamie Bates, a technician at Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm, believes his and Ørsted’s involvement in the new £11.75m science project is a way of giving back to the local community.

He said: “The Eureka project is not only of interest to me but a fantastic facility for local children and young adults in my local area and focuses on an industry that I have been involved in for nearly 10 years.

“It allows the local area to have an insight into the world of renewables which has started to dominate the offshore view from the coastline of the Wirral and Liverpool.

“It has been great to be involved with going into local schools and collaborate with Eureka to create the content which will be available to interact with.

“It feels great to be giving back to local children who all share the same interests I had whilst growing up. It would be great if the Ørsted wind turbine experience would inspire the future of wind turbine technicians.”

Photo's from the co-creation workshop with the young people of Liverpool:

An interview with…

Our Turbine Technicians exhibit developed together with Eureka! Science + Discovery and two local high schools, will provide an insight into the challenges faced by the technicians who look after the giant turbines out at sea, and what impact their presence has on our renewable energy future.

Eureka! Science + Discovery sat down with Lee Rollason, Ørsted’s Head of Site at King’s Wharf Operations Hub, to talk to him about our involvement in the development of the project.

Lee Rollason, Ørsted’s Head of Site at King’s Wharf Operations talks to students about the challenges faced by technicians who look after  turbines out at sea
Lee Rollason, Head of Site at Ørsted’s King’s Wharf Operations Hub, speaks to students in Liverpool

Q. Who are you and what do you do?

A. My name is Lee Rollason and I’m Head of Site at Ørsted’s King’s Wharf Operations Hub.
I oversee all operations of our offshore wind farm projects off the Merseyside coast – Burbo Bank and Burbo Bank Extension, which consist of a total of 57 turbines and are capable of powering around 310,000 UK homes.

Ørsted are very proud to have been operating in the North West for more than 10 years and it’s our aim to create a lasting positive impact.

Q. What made the team at Ørsted want to get involved in the project?

A. World leaders recently sat down at COP 26 to discuss the challenges climate change brings, it’s clear that we need projects with real purpose that can provide inspiration and hope. We owe it to ourselves and our future generations.

It’s those future generations that we are focussed on through our collaborative partnership with Eureka! in developing a world-class science and discovery centre in Wirral.
By making STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) subjects exciting and accessible, we hope to boost aspiration in science-based careers, such as offshore wind – inspiring a new generation of young scientists, engineers and technicians.

Renewable energy will be at the heart of the global fight against climate change. Clean energy technologies like offshore wind, renewable hydrogen and solar power will play a key role in a shift to a clean energy and help meet the UK’s “net-zero” targets.

Offshore wind has already become a key figure on the Wirral’s waterfront and the region has established a well-deserved reputation as a centre of excellence for clean energy. With more and more young people aware of climate change, it’s important to give them an insight into the world of renewables and potential career the opportunities on their own doorstep. The partnership with Eureka! Science + Discovery will help to give a deeper understanding, but in a fun and interactive way.

Q. What has been Ørsted’s involvement in the project so far?

A. Ørsted are really proud to be helping to develop an interactive Turbine Technicians exhibit at the attraction. This immersive exhibit focuses on sustainability through the use of wind power and tells the story of how skilled technicians ensure that our offshore wind turbines keep working well.

Collaboration will be a key factor in tackling climate change and we carried this theme into the project with Eureka! Science + Discovery. Over the past two years, we have worked closely with the Eureka! team and pupils from The Mosslands School, Wallasey to co-create wind-energy themed content and to ensure the highest impact among the target audience (six to 14-year-olds).

Q. What are you looking forward to when Eureka! Science + Discovery opens?

A. We can’t wait to see our Turbine Technicians exhibit come to life and for young people to be interacting and enjoying it.

The immersive and interactive experience will focus on how technicians repair turbines, involving choosing the right person and right equipment for the task. ‘On-shore’ children will be challenged to detect and diagnose faults using a diagram of the turbines and then to choose the equipment needed for the job, whilst keeping a check on the weather conditions. Through a digital AV experience, they will journey across to the Turbine and engage with mechanical challenges to fix the diagnosed issues. Their reward for a job well done will be a beautiful view out to sea to catch the sunset.

We’re delighted to be giving back to local children and we’re very excited to see the centre take shape – we really hope that it will inspire the future generation of renewable energy employees.

Eureka! Science + Discovery is set to open in summer 2022. To find out more visit, eurekadiscovery.org.uk

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