Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum celebrates Science and Engineering Week UK by welcoming onboard industrial partner BMW Plant Hams Hall as 2014 supporter of its Science Garden. BMW Hams Hall is the first industry partner to support a season at the Thinktank Science Garden, since the launch of the outdoor discovery area in 2012.
Karen Dobson, Birmingham Museums Development Manager comments: “It is great to have BMW on board supporting the Science Garden this year. The garden has proved to be incredibly popular with Thinktank visitors, and BMW’s support means that we are able to offer even more events and activities for families.”
“I am delighted to be developing a partnership with Thinktank,” says BMW plant director, Nick Spencer. “Encouraging an interest in science, engineering and technology is vitally important, and key to the successful long-term growth of our business.
“In the Science Garden, the themes of energy, mechanics and mobility are really brought to life in a way which will inspire young people, who could, in years to come, be shaping the future of our industry.”
More than 400,000 engines were built at the state-of-the-art BMW engine plant last year and as the plant develops, preparing for a future generation of engines, investment in people and nurturing new talent is a key focus. Thirty-five of BMW Group’s 200 UK production-based apprentices are currently training at the Hams Hall site and the plant already supports a number of education projects including half-term Meet the Expert events at Thinktank, CBI West Midlands’ Business in the Classroom and the plant also runs its own programme, Girls Go Technical, aimed at encouraging more young women into industry and technical careers.
In the outdoor Science Garden, visitors of all ages can get ‘bodies on’ with science through exciting and inventive exhibits including an eight metre high clanging ‘Terminus’ machine and a giant human-sized hamster wheel that has a top speed of 30 revolutions per minute. The Science Garden is the first project of this type in the UK and one of only a few in the world.
To mark the start of the new partnership with Thinktank, BMW will hold its annual ‘family day’ at the science museum this month to which its 800-strong workforce, their family and friends are all invited.
Caption: Nick Spencer, Plant Director, BMW Plant Hams Hall explores the giant exhibits in Thinktank Science Garden with museum enabler Sumpa Paul