Dorset Science & Technology Centre
We’ve been fundraising for a while now to get our own premises. Visiting schools across Dorset is great, but there’s only so much we can bring with us and setting up the planetarium takes a lot of time to set-up & pack down. Plus, with over 100 product lines and some large artefacts, we’re all out of storage!
I’m pleased to announce that thanks to our supporters and our new sponsors; Santander, Dorset County Council and Just Act, we’ve secured the funds needed to open in the very near future. Located in the beautiful countryside of North Dorset, just on the outskirts of Sturminster Newton, the site lends itself to be a long-term base. Plenty of parking, a large outdoor area for dinosaurs, dark skies for astronomy and plenty of room inside for science & coding clubs.
If that wasn’t enough, we’re in talks with some potential sponsors to secure the other half of the building. This would allow us to use our planetarium daily and would also carry 2 themed zones. As you enter forest themed dinosaur zone you will be surrounded by realistic dinosaurs, with sound effects and mist to add to the atmosphere. We’ll of course be displaying our large range of dinosaur bones and fossils, but we also have a unique interactive area planned and the software already written (thanks The Honest Agency!).
The neighbouring Space Zone will be dominated by an 8m planetarium (our current mobile one is 4m) offering highly immersive 360o shows. Surrounding the planetarium will be our collection of meteorites, space models and space-flown artefacts. The clever design will allow us to completely clear the clear the centre sections of both zones within 30 minutes, allowing us to hold various community events. Our own events will include science fairs, games/movie nights and small exhibitions. The venue will be available for hire for birthday parties (with our team providing entertainment), corporate events and community fundraisers.
Activity at the centre will include:
- After-school Science & Coding Clubs
- Robot making & Electronics
- Elderly Computer Lessons
- Unique Dinosaur Zone
- 360-degree Planetarium
- Discounted educational store (including our range of fossils, minerals and dino bones)
- Astronomy evenings
- Community events
If you’d like to get involved, we need volunteers of all abilities to help us with:
- Finding Sponsors
- Planning activities / interactive displays
- Generally spreading the word
If you’re a local business looking for a unique sponsorship opportunity, why not get in contact. We have a range of opportunities available including “sponsor a dinosaur”.
Here’s just some of the things you can help with: https://patchworkit.com/8944/atomclub
We’ll keep you up dated with progress, but we expect to be able to offer our first activity in late March.