A new learning centre is now under construction in London’s East End which aims to encourage schools to enter careers in Science.

Artist impression of Neuron Pod

Construction has begun on ‘Neuron Pod’, described as a 23-metre long and 10-metre high free-standing structure which will be used as an informal Science learning centre at Queen Mary University of London’s Whitechapel campus.

The pod is a new addition to Centre of the Cell – a science education centre helping to inspire local school children to pursue careers in the Sciences.

About Neuron Pod

Planned to address demand, Neuron Pod will help increase visitor numbers, and provide a multi-functional space for live Science shows, hands-on workshops, experiments, debates, films and exhibitions. 

The new space along with the Centre of the Cell will also provide activities for all Key Stages, improve disabled access, and increase the Centre’s ability to develop programmes for young people with learning difficulties. 

Neuron Pod will be constructed from 13 large steel sections, each arriving one by one through the Dartford Crossing. The biggest piece, the ‘axon’, is expected to arrive by police escort towards the end of April, and construction will be completed towards the end of the year.

Centre of the Cell’s director, Professor Fran Balkwill, said: “We are all very excited about Neuron Pod – this unique building will allow us to fulfil our potential and offer so much more to our visitors. 

“What’s really important to us is that it increases our ability to interact with the local community. It will be exciting to see how this space evolves and we’re hoping it will become a space where people can let their imaginations run riot.”

For more information, visit www.centreofthecell.org/neuron-pod