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Coming soon – with your help!
EXplora Science, Technology and Discovery Centre needs your help to finance its incredible dream to provide exciting science to the community. The ball is now well and truly rolling! You can help us with your support or donation.
We are looking for partners to be our Key Foundation Sponsor Our grateful thanks to our first KFS, Perenco UK for their generous donation. We are now looking for further KFS to help us open the centre. – can you help?
Some of the exhibits in the PopUp Lab but how about if they were 10 times larger?
More news!
PopUp Science Lab
Thanks to all the schools, and families that came to the PopUp Science Lab. From your comments you all had tremendous fun and learnt some science too! We're now working hard to bring you the next phase of EXplora Science. Watch this space!
To learn more about Poole's PopUp Science Lab Click Here and read an article from the Bournemouth Evening Echo.
Congratulations to the winners of our challenge to make the tallest tower out of spaghetti and marshmallows – at 101cm it was amazing!
We are now fully paid up members of the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and we look forward to their help and advice.
Christmas science fun
We are organising some workshops at the BNSS (Bournemouth Natural Science Society) in December. Please bookmark this page and we'll post more information nearer the time.
New Trustees
Welcome Anna Gilbert to our board of trustees. To find out more please visit our 'Trustees' page.
Our exciting concept
The EXplora Science Technology and Discovery Centre aims to be a Centre for Science excellence, inspiration and innovative approaches, to connect people with a deeper love and engagement with Science.
At EXplora we want to provide engaging and stimulating science for children to help them develop enquiring minds and a lifelong ability to be problem solvers.
Watch EXplora Science at Kinson School.
The building is a mock up of a futuristic building that we might aspire to. Also shown is a wristband – which will wirelessly link with the EXplora software we are developing – it will track visitors at the centre, learning what they are interested in and enabling them to explore further.
Stakeholder chart
Schools, we need you
Education is very important to us and we want to engage with schools as soon as possible. You will be a very important client for us and we want to know how we can best support the Science you already do in your school.
School Forums have now finished, but watch this space for future activities.
Please join us:
Friends of EXplora. Sign up to become a 'Friend of EXplora' using the button below and we will send you a Certificate like this to display in your school.
"It is so important to make the study of science an exciting experience for children of all ages. We need a specialist centre here in Dorset similar to those in Bristol and Winchester but with distinct local input. I welcome the EXplora Science Technology and Discovery Centre project."

Annette Brooke

Look who's already joined us:
School Town
Bovington Primary School Wareham
Christchurch Junior School Christchurch
Cranborne CE First School Cranborne
Gillingham Primary School Gillingham
Lulworth and Winfrith CE First School West Lulworth
Milborne St Andrew First School Blandford
Parley First School Ferndown
Sixpenny Handley First School Salisbury
St Andrew's CE Primary School Yetminster
St Augustine's Catholic Primary School Weymouth
St George's Primary School Weymouth
St John's CE First School Wimborne
St Mary's Catholic Primary School Marnhull Sturminster Newton
St Nicholas Primary School Blandford Forum
Bridport Primary School Bridport
Archbishop Wake CE VA Primary School Blandford Forum
Durweston Primary School Blandford Forum
Federation of St Clements and Bethany Schools Bournemouth
Kinson Primary School Bournemouth
Moordown St John Primary School Bournemouth
Winton Primary School Bournemouth
Ad Astra Infant School Poole
Lilliput CE VC Infant School Poole
Old Town Infant School and Nursery Poole
Springdale First School Poole
Stanley Green Infant School Poole
Sylvan Infant School Poole
Merley First School Wimborne
Twin Sails Infant School Poole
Romsey Primary School and Nursery Romsey
St Gregory's Primary School Sturminster Newton
Ferndown Middle School Ferndown
Carter Community School Poole
Twynham School Christchurch
Ferndown Upper School Ferndown
Ringwood School Ringwood
Avonbourne School Bournemouth
Mountbatten School Romsey
West Moors Middle School West Moors
St Aldhelms Academy Poole
Caroline Galpin
Caroline is an experienced Primary school teacher and founder member of EXplora Science, and a dedicated enthusiast of informal science. “Science is not just a discipline it’s a way of thinking. I have enjoyed science all my life and think it should be open to all whether as a career or a hobby”.
Steven Neal
Steve has over thirty years' experience in dealing with strategic planning and corporate finance transactions and as MD of a Corporate Finance advisory firm, he focuses on helping business owners reach their full potential by helping them develop corporate strategies that actually allow them to meet their realistic objectives.
Anna Gilbert
I am a chartered engineer with 15 years experience in the Semiconductor industry. I am very active with the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) and IMechE (Institution of mechanical engineers) committees, often lecturing in schools to encourage children (especially girls) into engineering. As an enthusiastic ambassador for engineering, I am excited to be part of the EXplora project to inspire the next generation engineers!
Stuart Twiss
Stuart is an experienced local government officer who has held senior positions in Children’s Services requiring leadership and secure financial management. Stuart has held the most senior responsibility for school improvement in the two Boroughs of Poole and Bournemouth and is passionate and knowledgeable about learning and its ability to empower and bring about social change. By training, Stuart is a science teacher and remains passionate about promoting the public understanding of good science and children’s awareness of the natural world.
Edwina Young
Edwina has over seven years’ legal experience and is a qualified commercial solicitor. She has a particular specialism in charity law, having set up numerous charities and advised a number of trustees on their various duties and obligations. Edwina is passionate about helping not-for-profit organisations and is excited by the prospect of working to help develop EXplora Science, bringing specialist science support to children in the local area.
John Dale
After training as a teacher, John worked in the theatre and then a writer and producer for television. Over ten years John developed successful television formats for children and then adult primetime drama, winning several international awards. He became an academic, being awarded a Fellowship thereafter. Back at the BBC he jointly responsible for the development and launch of BBC Knowledge. He currently manages two media companies and is a director of Silicon South, the development agency for the creative digital community in Dorset.
What will it cost?
In order to build a purpose built centre filled with exciting scientific experiences we need to raise £15m and by today we have had donations of:
We need another:
To see who has given, or to find out how to develop a partnership with EXplora, visit our Supporters page. Thank you everyone.
Please make a donation
EXplora is an Educational Charity and we would really appreciate your support to help us get started.
If you would like to donate to this worthwhile cause please contact us and we'll tell you how to do it.
We are looking for Gold, Silver or Bronze Partners to be part of our vision. Could that be you or your company? To find out more please contact us.
Sponsors we have lots to offer you:
• Publicity – raise your profile locally or nationally
• Possibilities to show case your products or services
• Links to schools/potential future workforce
• Possibilities for staff experience/enhancement
• Corporate Social Responsibility links to the community

Perenco, operates six compression hubs/gas gathering platforms with their connecting pipelines to Bacton, on the Norfolk coast, Dimlington, East Yorkshire and Wytch Farm, Dorset.
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ebm-papst are the world’s leading manufacturer of high efficiency fan and motor products.They can help you to find the optimum air movement solution, whatever your application.
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UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres
ASDC brings together over 60 of the UK's major science engagement organisations. Each year our members engage over 20 million people with the wonders of science.
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Royal Society of Chemistry
The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is a learned society (professional association) in the United Kingdom with the goal of advancing the chemical sciences.
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Sibbett Gregory
Sibbett Gregory are commercial property agents based in Poole Dorset, servicing the Bournemouth, Poole and surrounding areas.
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Hammer Management
Management Consulting.
Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry is Dorset’s leading business support organisation. The Chamber represents businesses of all sizes and sectors from across the County of Dorset and beyond delivering the very best services.
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UK builders of the world famous Sunseeker motoryachts.
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Solid Solutions
We commenced business as a Solidworks Training and Solidworks Support provider in 1998 and have consistently achieved strong growth year-on-year to become the UK’s leading Solidworks 3D CAD reseller.
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Early Years Science
Specialist science support to Primary Schools and their teachers at Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and the Early Years Foundation Stage.
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The Design Lab
All types of graphic design work from brochures to websites. Years of experience and bucket loads of talent.
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Bournemouth Video Club
All are welcome, whether you’re simply interested in making videos, looking to pick up a few good tips, can offer advice, or to develop your skills within a friendly environment.
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