Girl using one of the interactive science exhibits at Winchester Science Centre

Winchester Science Centre is offering a rare opportunity for children to help develop the design of a brand new £0.5m exhibition. The Science Centre, which is run by an independent educational charity, is on a mission to get all children excited and engaged in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and are looking for children to make sure they’re taking fun seriously!

The new exhibition, part of a larger development project titled Inspiring Science for All, is due to open in summer 2020. Themed around sound, vibration and hearing it will tackle questions such as ‘What is sound?’, ‘Why is sound so important?’ and ‘How does sound affect our lives?’

Chief Executive Ben Ward explains, “The exhibition is for children and their families to enjoy. To make it the best it can be, it is essential that young people are involved in the project every step of the way.”

The Young Steering Group will meet one Saturday morning a month at Winchester Science Centre from September to February to review designs, discuss ideas and most importantly make sure the final product is fun and engaging. The workshops will be led by the Chief Executive and worldwide exhibition designers HKD Design.

A priority for the project is to develop a welcoming, inclusive and accessible exhibition and visitor experience so that everyone who visits can participate and have fun. Winchester Science Centre is a disability confident workplace and would like to encourage children with a disability or impairment to apply.

Applications are welcome from any child aged 8 – 12 that is excited by this opportunity. No previous science experience is necessary, just a willingness to take part and share ideas with the group. The Science Centre would like to recruit children who represent the diverse social, cultural and ethnic communities within the region.

To take part, children are being asked to submit a design idea for an interactive exhibit about sound and write a short message to explain why they’d like to be a member of the group.

Applications can be emailed to or via Facebook. The closing date for applications is 9am on Friday 6 September and must include the child’s name, age and first part of their home postcode (i.e. SO21).

Designs can be created in any format, such as a drawing, written description or video file, and can be as simple or detailed as they like.

The Science Centre is keen for children to be as creative as possible. “We are looking for fun, exciting designs that can inspire children into science, technology, engineering and maths. The exhibit must demonstrate something to do with sound, vibration or hearing.” said Ben.

Young Steering Group members will have travel expenses reimbursed, receive a free one year family pass to the Science Centre and an invitation to the new exhibition’s VIP launch. Full details of how to apply can be found here.