Plans revealed for Science education centre in Oxford

Date Posted: 21/03/2017

The Oxford Trust has announced the go-ahead for the building of a new Science education centre at Stansfeld Park in Headington Quarry, Oxfordshire.

The new centre, called the Science Oxford Education Centre, will be created with an investment of over £11 million, with the hopes to promote STEM studies to Primary school pupils.

Building work is set to start this summer and a proposed opening date of autumn 2018 has been confirmed.

Science Oxford Education Centre

The Science Oxford Education Centre will be an integrated indoor-outdoor venue dedicated to Primary school children.

Science Oxford is the arm of the Trust that focuses on education and public engagement, and this team will create, develop and deliver curiosity-based activities that combine both natural and physical Sciences for children between Key Stages 1 and 2, plus their teachers and families.

The new centre will be located in an 18-acre area of woodland, ponds and grassland, which will be rejuvenated to create a managed ‘urban wildspace’.

It will be used for a wide range of STEM learning experiences, providing an opportunity for young people to explore the natural world and learn what biodiversity is all about.

There will be an on-site café and a flexible 100-seat theatre venue. Further details will be announced in due course.

The new centre aims to increase pupils’ engagement with Science across Oxfordshire and further areas.

Steve Burgess, CEO of The Oxford Trust, said: “We are delighted to have received the go ahead for Stansfeld Park and are grateful for the support it has received. The project represents a continued commitment by The Oxford Trust to prioritise investment in the area of Primary Science education and support Oxford’s early stage innovation ecosystem.”

For more information on Stansfeld Park visit theoxfordtrust.co.uk/our-work/stansfeld-park.

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