Elīna Kroņkalne, Master of Computer Science, Director of Ventspils city municipality institution “Ventspils Digital Centre”
In: Latvian Academy of Sciences Yearbook 2021, 2021, pp. 9-12.
“To establish a first-class learning resource for children and adults, Ventspils Municipality has decided to build a modern and capable science and innovation centre. Named VIZIUM – portmanteau of the words “Ventspils Inovāciju un Zinātnes centrs” (Ventspils Science and Innovation Centre) – the centre will occupy a 6300 sq.m. building and a territory of 22 950 sq.m. The construction started in October 2019 and the centre was scheduled to open doors after 24 months – in the beginning of 2022, a truly formidable speed. The centre will be equipped with exhibition halls, hands-on labs, auditoriums and interaction spaces for the purpose of nurturing visitors to have the attitude and aptitude in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The centre is set to become a highly visible and trusted hub of activity, promoting interest, learning and creativity in science and technology, through imaginative and enjoyable experiences, facilitating discussion about science and technology, and a key strategic partner to academia, the public sector and industry to develop, promote and embed our “Inspire and Challenge” approach to science education working in partnership with local authorities, schools, teachers, academia, NGOs and industry.”
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