Norwegian energy giant Equinor has announced a “high value” six-figure digital sponsorship deal with the Aberdeen Science Centre, signing a three-year contract.
The company has become the first “platinum sponsor” of the centre as part of a partnership to support science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education.
Aberdeen Science Centre is currently undergoing a multi-million renovation project in an attempt to make the space state-of-the-art.
The redevelopment will also seek to “reflect the key priorities of the STEM agenda”.
Equinor’s sponsorship agreement includes supporting the current Code Factory programme, which aims to engage young people in coding, programming and virtual reality and support building these critical skills early.
Hedda Felin, senior vice president, UK and Ireland offshore at Equinor, said: “This year is significant for Equinor as it marks the start-up of the Mariner field, a digital front runner, which will produce to 2050 and beyond. We are proud to work in partnership with the Aberdeen Science Centre to build excitement and capabilities in STEM.
“Digitalisation is increasingly important both for society and for the energy industry to continue to enhance safety, become more efficient and transition to a low carbon future. As digital futures partner of the Aberdeen Science Centre, we aim to build understanding of digitalisation.”
Last year, Equinor opened the Hywind Hub at Peterhead Academy, the result of a £60,000 donation.
The cash sum was used to transform a former disused classroom into an “ultra-modern” renewables space, complete with screens, break out areas and turbine models.
The facelift was the result of a collaboration between Hywind – the world’s first floating offshore wind farm – Aberdeenshire Council and Peterhead Academy.
Liz Hodge, chief executive of Aberdeen Science Centre, added: “We are honoured to welcome Equinor on board as our first platinum sponsor and are delighted to have the team’s continued support.
“Meaningful engagement with the energy industry such as the partnership we have with Equinor allows us to bring new and exciting displays and interactive exhibits to Aberdeen Science Centre, while reinforcing our aim of combining learning with play and encouraging an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths.
“We are grateful to Equinor for their support of Aberdeen Science Centre as we evolve into a transformed centre people in the North-east can be proud of.”