A two-year national programme that will engage and inspire school-age children and their families with the amazing stories and science of gases, will be delivered through nine science centres in the UK.

An exciting new programme for families looking at the gases that are all around us, ‘The Secret World of Gases’ will investigate the latest innovations, dispel myths and explore how gases will be used for a greener future.

Overall, the programme is creating a series of hands-on activities, experiments, public shows and meet-the-expert sessions for children and families across the UK.

The hands-on activities will give young people the confidence, curiosity, and interest to continue to explore and ask questions long after they leave the science and discovery centres. The selected centres are; Aberdeen Science Centre, Eden Project in Cornwall, Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Haxifax, Yorkshire, Glasgow Science Centre, International Centre for Life in Newcastle, National Space Centre in Leicester, Techniquest Glyndwr in Wrexham, W5 in Belfast and Winchester Science Centre.

The national programme, led by The UK Association of Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) with scientific expertise from both the Royal Society of Chemistry and BOC, which is part of the global Linde Group, is expected to launch in early 2018.

Project Director and CEO of ASDC, Dr Penny Fidler, said, “If we truly want our nation’s young people to be inspired and motivated by science and consider it as a career for their future, we need to give them imaginative and creative hands-on opportunities like these so they can see how enjoyable the questions and challenges of real science are.”

Stephen Windsor-Lewis, of BOC, echoed, “BOC/Linde are passionate about education and about demonstrating - to young people in particular - just how ingenious, inspiring and important industrial gases are to life today and life tomorrow.”

Jon Edwards, of the Royal Society of Chemistry, added, “From climate change to cooking dinner, the chemistry of gases is part of everybody’s everyday life. For decades, the Royal Society of Chemistry and BOC have shared the goal of inspiring people with this science that is sometimes invisible, but always around you. We are delighted to be working together with BOC, ASDC and the nine selected Science Centres to help thousands of people around the country enjoy these stories and reveal the many roles of gases in their lives.”