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From cells to survival, Cambridge Science Centre’s next exhibition is set to educate and inspire young people about biology

Written on 13 Jun 2016 in Biology , Press Release

The exhibition will launch July 2016 and run for 12 months, during which the charity expects to reach over 25,000 young people in their central Cambridge attraction, which will include school groups as well as families. The ambition is to inspire youngsters to explore the biological sciences, from the inside of their own bodies to the myriad of life forms that we live alongside, and the environment that we all depend on – Earth.

Visitors will be able to venture through the body – zooming in for a microscopic look at what’s inside, puzzling their way through DNA, exploring the inter-relationships between all living things and discovering our planet’s life support system. Through their signature hands-on interactive exhibits, Cambridge Science Centre will tackle challenging subject matter such as finding out what happens when it all goes wrong and the medical advances that help us live longer and survive disease.

AstraZeneca and MedImmune joined Cambridge Science Centre’s Executive Council in March 2015 - the council is a core collective of industry leaders who are passionate about education, careers and inspiring future generations in the work and opportunities in science, technology, engineering and maths sectors. A recent report carried out by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission ranked every English council area for disadvantaged children's prospects and found that children from poor families in Oxford and Cambridge have less chance of good exam grades than those in London's most deprived areas. Not one pupil eligible for free school meals in Cambridgeshire got into an Oxbridge university in 2014.

Cindy Forde, CEO of Cambridge Science Centre, commented: “Instead of standing by handwringing about the increasing disengagement of young people from STEM subjects, we take decisive action, that also happens to be great fun! Through unique hands-on experiences, we will inspire children, families, in fact all our visitors, about the wonder of life. What goes on inside our bodies, how can we combat dysfunction and disease, and how do we live in balance with our incredible ecosystem so vital to ensuring that any life works!”

Cambridge Science Centre is working together with local academics and companies in environmental and biological science to combine fun, playful education techniques with leading Cambridge research. LifeWorks! will therefore be instrumental in bringing Cambridge science to thousands and thousands people visiting Cambridge Science Centre from July 2016 onwards.

John Elvin, Associate Director, Scientific External Liaison for AstraZeneca and MedImmune, commented: “Our association with the Cambridge Science Centre provides a wonderful opportunity to share our passion for science with young people in the local community. As part of our on-going commitment to STEM education and to science outreach, we are very excited to support the Cambridge Science Centre’s new LifeWorks! exhibition in its ambition to inspire the scientists of the future”

If you are interested in finding out more about the LifeWorks! exhibition visit the Cambridge Science Centre’s website, http://www.cambridgesciencecentre.org/whats-on/exhibitions/lifeworks

For more information about supporting Cambridge Science Centre or joining the Executive Council please contact Rosie Knowles, Development Manager on rosieknowles@cambridgesciencecentre.org

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For further information contact: Clare Green, Marketing and Communications Manager, claregreen@cambridgesciencecentre.org or telephone: 01223 967965.

Cambridge Science Centre:
Cambridge Science Centre (CSC) is an award-winning science and discovery centre, which works with children, young people, schools, families and communities to give them hands-on adventures in science.

As an educational charity (registered charity no. 1146349), the centre helps establish the value of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as vital skills for day-to-day life and future careers. Visit www.cambridgesciencecentre.org for further information.