The International Centre of Life Trust is celebrating after it was announced that it has won a prestigious Biffa Award Flagship grant .The announcement was made during the Biffa Awards, which took place yesterday at ThinkTank Birmingham Science Museum.
Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, the International Centre for Life’s project ‘You, the Scientist’ has secured £425,600 of funding from Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK. The project ‘You, the Scientist’ was funded under Biffa Award’s ‘Cultural Facilities’ category and will provide a permanent exhibition area where people can engage with science.
‘You, the Scientist’ will provide a laboratory-style environment where visitors can step into the shoes of real scientists and carry out experiments for themselves. The practical activities will range from 'gateway' experiences, such as using microscopes and pipettes, to structured investigations where visitors follow a multi-stage set of instructions to answer a specific question. Support for these scientists of the future will be provided by a team of 'Science Explainers', who will teach formal workshops to schools, present family science shows and assist visitors in the exhibitions.
The Biffa Award Flagship Scheme is open to unique and exciting projects in either the Rebuilding Biodiversity or Cultural Facilities categories. Biffa Award received 38 applications for Flagship projects, but the International Centre for Life Trust impressed the Board with their one of a kind, innovative family attraction.
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“The Flagship Scheme is an opportunity to award funding to projects that have something unique and exciting that no other project in the region can offer. We received 38 good quality applications for this year’s Flagship Scheme, but we are delighted for the International Centre for Life on their success. Their inspirational You, the Scientist project will create a resource that will be enjoyed by the local community as well as creating a fantastic experience for visitors.”