The science discovery centre in Cardiff Bay has been awarded a funding boost from the ScottishPower Foundation to support the second phase of its Ocean Extravaganza Project. Building on the existing programme, Ocean Extravaganza: Part II involves adapting the live science show for a new audience and extending its reach across Wales through digitisation.

The funding from the ScottishPower Foundation will enable Techniquest to reach out to more than 4,000 children and young people with an inclusive and high-quality educational and enrichment programme, without the barriers of geographic location getting in the way.

Twenty charities across England, Scotland and Wales have been awarded funding totalling almost £1.2 million for projects tackling a range of issues, from cost-of-living support, to promoting diversity and inclusion and raising awareness of the ongoing climate and biodiversity crises.

Melanie Hill, Executive Officer and Trustee at the ScottishPower Foundation, said: “Projects like Ocean Extravaganza are a prime example of how the ScottishPower Foundation’s support is helping to create a better future. With this year’s projects providing vital support set to aid vulnerable people, communities, and natural ecosystems across the nation, it’s important for us to recognise and boost the incredible work of these charities.”

Sue Wardle, CEO of Techniquest said: “We are grateful for the support and partnership of the ScottishPower Foundation. The second phase of our Ocean Extravaganza wouldn’t be possible without them.  Our aim is to reach pupils across the whole of Wales and to inspire more of the next generation to become environmentally responsible adults, empowered with knowledge and ideas about how to take positive action.”

For a full list of the 2024 ScottishPower Foundation funded projects, go to