Science World secures $10M in federal funding, will launch Creative Technology Gallery next year
The funding is being provided through the new regional development agency Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan).
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Science World, the science and tech-focused tourist attraction, is receiving $10 million in funding through the federal government’s Tourism Relief Fund.
The investment is meant to support infrastructure and gallery renovations in a bid to improve the facility post-pandemic and attract new and repeat visitors. Specifically, the funding, which is being funnelled through a $79 million Tourism Relief Fund from PacifiCan, will go towards work on Science World’s iconic dome, new energy-efficient lighting, and mechanical upgrades.
“The dome was originally constructed for Expo '86 as a temporary structure,” said Tracy Redies, president and CEO of Science World, in a statement. “As a result, critical infrastructure updates are needed for Science World to continue to thrive. We look forward to working together with all levels of government to ensure the iconic dome is here to support the learners of today and in the future.”
A new exhibit to connect tech and culture
Science World also announced plans to launch a new exhibit in 2023, named the Creative Technology Gallery, in partnership with DigiBC. The gallery will immerse visitors in an exploration of the relationship between science, technology, and art.
This project will build on the organization’s previous programming focused on bringing together the sciences and arts. For example, Science World’s annual Girls & STEAM program allows girls to learn about a variety of topics and careers from experts and mentors in science, technology, engineering, arts and design, and math.
Among many other activities, Science World operates Tech-Up, which provides free coding programs for youth. Earlier this year, it was awarded funding from Mastercard, Amazon Canada, and the Government of Canada’s CanCode initiative to extend Tech-Up’s reach.
In 2021, Science World reached over 3.4 million people through a combination of onsite visits, community outreach, and online programming, according to data provided by the organization.