Cardiff’s very own science discovery centre has won at this year’s Wales STEM Awards taking home the award for STEM Educational Programme of the Year (not-for-profit sector) .
Set in the heart of Cardiff Bay, Techniquest is the UK’s longest-established science discovery centre on a mission to inspire people of all ages and from all kinds of backgrounds to explore and discover more about STEM through hands-on engagement: bringing science to life for every generation, encouraging natural curiosity about life, the planet and universe.
Welcoming over 150,000 visitors each year on average, Techniquest has been a rite of passage for many school children and families in Wales for decades and the Science Capital expansion, which launched in 2020, has provided more opportunities than ever to engage with a wider audience.
In addition to taking home STEM Educational Programme of the Year for its Learning Lab project, Techniquest was also highly commended in the STEM Company of the Year category.
Another Cardiff-based business winning at the 2023 Wales STEM Awards was Genesis Biosciences taking home the STEM Sustainability Award for its commitment to creating products and processes that are safe, non-toxic and have minimal effect on the environment.
Also recognised at the Wales STEM Awards was the University of South Wales, which has a campus in Cardiff. Senior Lecturer in Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Dr Mabrouka Abuhmida scooped the trophy for STEM Woman of the Year, alongside a research project which aimed to combat the deteriorating air quality caused by increased traffic won the STEM Research Project of the Year award.
Three other Cardiff-based STEM businesses were highly commended for their efforts at the awards ceremony, which was hosted by broadcaster Sian Lloyd.
Thompson STEM Engagement was recognised in the Start-Up of the Year category, James Vincent from CatSci was praised in the Rising Star of the Year category, and Admiral Insurance UK’s Data Academy was highly commended in the STEM Educational Programme of the Year (Private Sector) category.
Now in its third year, the Wales STEM Awards, which was headline sponsored by Cardiff Metropolitan University, recognises the innovative STEM work being undertaken in Wales.
The ceremony held at the Mercure Holland House Hotel saw finalists from across all parts of Wales compete for 14 awards in a variety of categories, ranging from STEM Start-Up of the Year to Innovation in STEM.