Bolton Technical Innovation Centre (TIC) is the UK's first Junior Incubator.Aims
Lying somewhere between a school, a university research lab, a training centre and a factory, it is a place where young people can make their technical dreams come true, by designing and making just about anything, with equipment beyond the reach of schools. It is purpose-designed to inspire a new generation of scientists, engineers and technologists. Young people from 9 to 19 years of age can visit during and beyond the normal school day, at weekends and during the holidays. The centre is open to all schools in the Bolton.Facilities
With a lecture theatre, exhibition space, breakout rooms, and a catering service on hand, the centre can accommodate up to 200 students. It also offers 3D design areas, a research and development hall, video-conferencing and unusual facilities which include a virtual reality and visualisation experience, 3D projection system, rapid-prototyping and advanced manufacturing facilities, all of which accumulate to an exceptional facility for the young budding inventors of Bolton.
The building was started between 2002–2003, completed in 2005 and officially opened in November 2006.