The Cambridge Science Centre is hoping to raise £3 million, in order to help the centre reach a larger audience, thanks to the Duke of York’s patronage.
Prince Andrew recently became Patron of the Science Centre, which based in Cambridge and opened just last year. The Centre now hopes to raise funds with the backing of The Duke, so that more people can benefit from its interactive exhibitions. The Centre encourages people, particularly the young, to take an interest in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
It seems Prince Andrew’s involvement has boosted the awareness and the confidence of Cambridge Science Centre. The Centre hopes to target corporations with national and multinational outreach programmes, who ’empathise with the concept of spreading the power of science’ in order to reach their £3 million target.
The Duke’s new Patronage is a charitable organisation, which hopes to use the funds raised to take such exhibitions and projects across the country. The Cambridge Science Centre enjoyed a successful first year, with over 20,000 visitors, and proved popular with school visits.
A fledgling ‘On-The-Road’ programme is to be trialled at schools in East Anglia later this year, with the hope to take it nationwide if successful. By 2015, the science hub will roll-out pop-up city centre placements and test the system’s feasibility.
Prince Andrew first visited Cambridge Science Centre in October last year, where he decided to become a Patron, taking on another youth-orientated initiative which encourages the participation and pursuit of STEM. The 54-year-old former Naval Commander already supports TeenTechCIC, Young Engineers and The Royal Society, with The Duke’s website saying he aims to “promote and raise awareness of British science, engineering and technology expertise”.
This is another example of how members of the Royal Family take on Patronages and give support to causes they believe in, and how their involvement can raise the profile of such charitable organisations, in order to better them.
Chairman of the Centre, Dr David Cleevely said to Business Weekly: “Having The Duke of York as Patron of the Cambridge Science Centre really helps to demonstrate the importance of the work we are doing […] His Royal Highness’s patronage will help us open doors we need to help us fund and steer the Science Centre through its next stage of development.”
CEO of the innovative centre, Dr Chris Lennard, also commented: “Having HRH on board is a strong endorsement of our strategy.” He continued, noting The Duke’s “utter dedication” to involving and encouraging young people into STEM for hobbies, as well as careers, when he visited the Centre last October. “He has signed up to our initiative because he feels it will have a real impact not just locally but nationally,” he added.