The Darwin Experience

The HMS Beagle Project builds strongly on the success of our partner organisation, the Pembrokeshire-based Darwin Centre.

The Darwin Centre’s hands-on science learning programmes are widely praised for enabling young people to experience science in their local environment, building their confidence and interest in the subject. Schools that participate in the programmes have increased the quality of their science teaching as a direct result of attending.

The Darwin Centre’s education programme was set up to support Pembrokeshire’s National Curriculum through access to Science Technology Engineering and Medicine expertise and cutting edge science. The aim of programme is to improve the quality of local schools’ science education provision.

Local recognition:
“Evidence has confirmed my view that the programme has been highly effective and significant in enabling young people to experience a broad range of science opportunities. The school evaluation spoke volumes for the perspectives of our staff. During last year’s Estyn inspection the work of the Darwin Centre was particularly well received.”
Graham Longster, Director of Education, Pembrokeshire County Council

National recognition:
“I have been deeply impressed by the Darwin Centre and its achievements in bringing local school children together to think in new ways about science and the local environment. For all the pupils involved it is, without question, a high quality educational experience which is unique to Pembrokeshire”.
Stephen Crabb, MP

“The Darwin Centre plays a hugely valuable role in helping the children of Pembrokeshire and surrounding counties enhance their awareness and understanding of the natural world.” 
Stephen Hall, National Oceanographic Centre, Southampton