Exploring the Physics of Transportation & Navigation!

Over the next few weeks we are reaching out to the significant local Portuguese community with a series of special science events which explore the physics behind transportation, navigation and exploration. Connecting the historical association of Portugal with these themes we will be delivering the sessions in English but we will have a Portuguese speaking member of staff on hand to explain anything that maybe unclear to Portuguese speakers.

 

~ How did the early European explorers navigate the seas?

 

~ How do aeroplanes stay in the sky?

 

~ What forces play a part in enabling us to travel by land,sea and air?

 

These events are free of charge and open to all, with activities suitable for the whole family. Come along any time between 2pm and 4pm to try them out for yourself, and find out more about Techniquest Glyndwr science discovery centre.

  • Saturday 19th May - Marchwiel Village Hall
    2pm to 4pm
  • Saturday 2nd June - Techniquest Town Centre Venue (the old TJ Hughes building, Chester Street/Henblas Square)
    2pm to 4pm
  • Saturday 19th June - Un Deg Un, Regent Street, Wrexham
    2pm to 4pm

These events will be followed by a FREE visit to Techniquest Glyndwr science centre on Glyndwr University campus, to see one of our live science shows and have a go at our hands on exhibits.  Join us at Techniquest Glyndwr from 1pm on Saturday 23rd June.

 

These activities are funded by the Institute of Physics

In Portuguese....

Explorando a Fisica do Transporte e da Navegacao

Junta-te ao Techniquest Glyndwr numa serie de eventos, para descobrires mais acerca da Fisica no que respeita aos transportes, navegacao e exploracao.

~ Como foi que os antigos exploradores europeus navegaram os mares?

 

~ Como e que os avioes ficam no ar?

 

~ Que forcas tomam parte em nos deixar viajar por terra, mar e ar?

 

 

Vem e explora estes temas atraves de actividades praticas e excitantes demonstracoes interactivas.

Techniquest Glyndwr fara eventos nos seguintes locais:

  • Sabado 19 de Maio no Village Hall de Marchwiel das 14 as 16 horas
  • Sabado  2 de Junho Techniquest Glyndwr novas instalacoes no centro da cidade (old TJ Hughes, Chester Street/Henblas Square) das 14 as 16 horas
  • Sabado 9 de Junho Un Deg Un (Regent Street) das 14 as 16 horas

Estes eventos sao gratis e abertos a todos com actividades destinadas a toda a familia. Vem em qualquer altura entre as 14 e as 16 horas para tentares por ti proprio e descobrires mais sobre o Centro de descobertas cientificas do Techniquest Glyndwr.

Estes eventos serao seguidos de uma visita gratis ao centro de ciencias do Techniquest Glyndwr, na Universidade Glyndwr.para ver uma das nossas demonstracoes ao vivo e participar nas actividades. Comparece a partir das 13 horas de Sabado, 23 de Junho no Techniquest Glyndwr.

 

Estas actividades sao financiadas pelo Instutito da Fisica.

Volunteer in our Science Garden!

This week, until 6th May, is National Gardening Week.

To coincide with this Techniquest Glyndŵr has arranged for 3 separate volunteering sessions for volunteers to be involved in various tasks in the recently opened Science Garden which is on the Plas Coch campus of Glyndwr University close to our centre.

With Spring well and truly under way and blossom now fully out you are invited to come along to help for an hour or two to help keep the Science Garden looking great for our visitors.

The three sessions are on Wednesday 2nd May from 1pm to 3pm, Thursday 3rd May 10am to 12 noon and Friday 4th May 1pm to 3pm.

If you would like to help out in any of these sessions, please call in to the reception at Techniquest Glyndŵr so that you can be ‘registered’ and then you can be shown where the science garden is.

Whilst gloves and gardening tools are provided, you will need to come dressed for tasks that might be a little messy. Jobs on the list include: preparing planters made out of rubber tyres, preparing an area of the garden as a mini wildflower meadow and sowing with native wildflowers, mulching around trees and shrubs, preparing a small area of the garden ready for planting with sunflowers in a few weeks.

Another fun day of science in Wrexham town centre!

On Saturday 28th April the old TJ Hughes building will be coming alive again with science, creative construction activity, music and dance together with a selection of small local businesses offering their wares in "pop-up" stalls for the day.

From 11:00 am until 4:30 pm Techniquest Glyndŵr will be opening the doors again to the public to this major building in the town centre situated between Chester Street and Henblas Square. This event coincides with each of the monthly Wrexham Street Festivals that now take place on the last Saturday of the month in the town centre.

Our StarDome will be offering a continuous programme of planetary journeys and our science buskers will be demonstrating various scientific tricks alongside our cardboard construction zone helping to give cardboard waste an imaginative second life with the active involvement of our visitors.

Local company Vorteka will be running a demonstration area showing off their wizardry with virtual reality equipment set up specially for the day.

And, just for fun, we will be having Diddy Car Racing set up for  families to enjoy a crazy time together.

We will be opening the building on a monthly basis every last Saturday of the month up until August whilst the Wrexham Street Festivals bring the town centre back into lively activity with a range of special events and temporary stalls.

In future months we will be running our Planetarium and live science shows , hosting Splat Messy Play sessions, Junk Robot sessions and we have local robot makers Glitterbomb with us in May.

Each month we will be providing space for a selection of small local businesses to present their stalls to promote their wares, such as Little Fudge Box and Crafty Miller  

Operation Earth starts!

The Easter School holiday sees the start of our new live science show 'Operation Earth'.

Running every day from 24th March until 16th April Operation Earth is an exciting new family show exploring the amazing stories and science of the environment. It is an interactive show suitable for families with children aged 6 -11.

We explore the environmental theme including participation in various activities including finding out what's in the air, what's in the oceans and how collecting pollen from flowers increases biodiversity.

Short videos from real life environmental scientists all help to make this  an engaging yet topical show.

And if you visit during the week over the Easter period the 'on campus' Grumpy Mule snack bar and cafe very close to our centre in 'K' Block will be open to provide a range of snacks , including pies, paninis and baps and hot and cold drinks.

Grumpy Mule will be open Monday 26th March— Thursday 29th March from 10am to 3.00pm and Wednesday April 4th to Friday April 6th 10am to 3.00pm and also Monday 9th April until Friday 13th April.

The Operation Earth Programme

Operation Earth is a two-year national programme to engage, inspire and involve families with school-age children across the UK with the amazing stories, science and people of NERC’s world-leading environmental research, highlighting the relevance of contemporary environmental science issues to their daily lives and to society's future.

The Operation Earth programme is directed and project managed by The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres, in collaboration with NERC researchers and three ASDC members with considerable expertise in engaging the public with environmental science; The Natural History Museum in London, Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh and Eden Project in Cornwall. Eleven science centres (including ourselves and nearby Catalyst Centre) will start delivering this exciting programme to families in 2018.

Local video company supports science centre

Techniquest Glyndŵr was a lucky prize winner in a competition held recently by local video production company CreativeJigsaw based in Penyffordd. The prize was a professionally filmed and produced promotional video that was offered at a substantially reduced cost.

This week the final version of the video was passed on to Techniquest Glyndŵr, the product of a day of live filming at the popular science centre based in Wrexham followed by the necessary production editing.

The charity will now be making use of the film to help increase public interest in the centre and raise awareness of its potential move into Wrexham town centre into the former TJ Hughes building in Henblas Square/Chester Street.

Scot Owen, Techniquest Glyndŵr’s Centre Manager said

“We have been wanting to produce a promotional video for some time and the competition provided an ideal opportunity to produce a high quality video at an affordable cost!
Having just seen the final version of the film I have been impressed at the way CreativeJigsaw have been able to highlight the fun and excitement of what we do. It is surprising to see how a day of filming can be transformed into such an attractive short promotional video. It will be a fantastic help in telling more people about what we do.”

The film will now be used whenever possible when the Charity attends public events and has just been posted on Techniquest Glyndŵr’s Facebook and YouTube channels. It will shortly also be uploaded to the Charity’s website at www.tqg.org.uk.

Nigel Edwards, proprietor of CreativeJigsaw commented:

CreativeJigsaw were very pleased to have Techniquest Glyndŵr as one of two second prize winners in our recent competition. It allowed them a 50% discount against the cost to produce a film that will help promote the centre and also boost its case for funding”.

Major funding bid submitted by Techniquest Glyndŵr

Techniquest Glyndŵr has just submitted a major bid to the Wellcome Trust under their ‘Inspiring Science Fund’. Co-funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Wellcome, the Inspiring Science Fund supports science centres across the UK. It is a capital fund promoted by the Association of Science Discovery Centres that helps centres rethink what they do and what they offer to the public.

Seizing the opportunity to fund the development of a town centre base in Wrexham, North Wales Science, the charity that operates Techniquest Glyndŵr, submitted an initial proposal in October 2017. Following consideration of the applications by the grant panel Techniquest Glyndŵr was successful in reaching the second round, and invited to submit more detailed proposals by the 28th February.

On the day of the deadline the Chair of the Board of North Wales Science, Iwan Thomas formally submitted the detailed bid for funding and commented as he clicked the submission button

“It’s a proud moment as Chair of the Board to click the submit button on our funding bid. Here’s to a long term future in our potential new Wrexham town centre base, working with partners.

A huge thanks to the team in Techniquest Glyndŵr and Wrexham Glyndŵr University for all their hard work! Fingers crossed now!”

Techniquest Glyndŵr will then be invited to London to meet the Inspiring Science Grants panel in mid-June when the team will be grilled over the details and feasibility of their bid with the successful organisations notified in July as to the outcome of their bids.

Techniquest Glyndŵr has been working with support from Wrexham County Borough Council, Wrexham Glyndwr University to develop their bold plans and the funding bid, if successful, will enable a major science discovery centre to operate from the town centre location.

Scot Owen the Centre Manager said:

“We think we have made an excellent case for this funding, combining as it does, our desire to develop our operations in the town centre location but also complementing a variety of regeneration initiatives focused on the town centre including the Ty Pawb arts hub due to open in April.

We have had great support from our local MP Ian Lucas, our Welsh Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths and AM Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport in the Welsh Government who have all written letters of support for our bid. Wrexham County Borough Council have also been extremely supportive providing input thorough a number of different departments to help us on our way.

We are still interested to hear from any local businesses and industry who may wish to become involved with us and help with sponsorship. You can contact us via our website www.tqg.org.uk or by email info@tqg.org.uk  “

Techniquest Glyndŵr calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund

Techniquest Glyndŵr, Wrexham’s very own Science Discovery Centre is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region are shortlisted to receive a cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think deserves the most funding.
Techniquest Glyndŵr is one of the charities on the shortlist in the Wrexham area and is hoping to fundraise enough money to celebrate their 15th Anniversary in style by offering a celebration event free to the general public in the Summer holiday period.

Scot Owen, Centre Manager at Techniquest Glyndŵr said

“It’s fantastic news that we have been selected to be in the running for money from the Bags of Help scheme at Tesco. We hope that shoppers will remember us as they vote in-store so that we can have a generous share of the funding that will be made available.

We want to use the funds to mark our 15th year of operation with an exciting celebration event which will be open to the public free of charge. The more funding we can win, the better the event can be, especially since we also want to make use of our newly acquired additional space in the Town Centre.
We want this celebration event to attract as many local families as possible to highlight the way we have been able to bring the excitement of science and technology to children over the years.

From when we opened in 2003 we have seen a steady and consistent growth in visitor numbers and engagements, from approximately 40,000 in our first 18 months to 82,655 in the last year.”

Voting is open in the Tesco Extra store in Wrexham from 1st March to 30th April. Customers will be able to cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.”

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £43 million to more than 10,000 charitable projects around the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different charities every time they shop.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for March and April. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.
“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp .

We need your thoughts to help us with our funding bids!

Techniquest Glyndŵr has just announced the successful conclusion of negotiations for an additional space that will soon be available for the popular Science Discovery Centre in Wrexham to engage new audiences in the excitement of science and technology.

The former TJ Hughes premises located between Chester Street and HenblasSquare, Wrexham has lain empty since 2011 when the retailer closed its doors in the town for the last time. With the signing of a 12 month agreement the building will now have a new lease of life, playing host to a programme of community science events, exhibitions and fundraising events which are being planned by Techniquest Glyndŵr to take place over the next year.

It is hoped that the events will be a prelude to the ambitious plans of North Wales Science Limited, the charity that runs Techniquest Glyndŵr, to move its operational base to the building in the centre of Wrexham in 2019.

Scot Owen the Centre Manager said:

“For a long time we have been looking at ways to have a more visible presence in Wrexham, and our current location has made it difficult to attract the sort of visitor numbers we want in order to ensure a longer term sustainable future for the centre.

The opening of the temporary town centre venue will be a great way to celebrate our 15th year of operation and we intend that this new presence will help ensure that Techniquest Glyndŵr will be thriving for many more years to come.”

Comments are now welcomed from our supporters including ideas on what could be incorporated within the new base - these would include activities, facilities, exhibitions or events.  We are interested to hear from our visitors, annual pass holders, schools we have worked with, local businesses and industry and anybody that would like to see a science discovery centre to be proud of being located permanently in Wrexham town centre.

Any of our bids for funding to make the use of the town centre building will need to demonstrate engagement with the wider community so please share your thoughts!

Please leave your comments and ideas below with your suggestions

 

Bold plans for Wrexham Science Centre

 

 

Techniquest Glyndŵr has just announced the successful conclusion of negotiations for an additional space that will soon be available for the popular Science Discovery Centre in Wrexham to engage new audiences in the excitement of science and technology.

The former TJ Hughes premises located between Chester Street and HenblasSquare, Wrexham has lain empty since 2011 when the retailer closed its doors in the town for the last time. With the signing of a 12 month agreement the building will now have a new lease of life, playing host to a programme of community science events, exhibitions and fundraising events which are being planned by Techniquest Glyndŵr to take place over the next year.

 

Working with support from Wrexham County Borough Council, Wrexham Glyndwr University and the Welsh Government, the Techniquest Glyndŵr team are excited by this opportunity. It will help to reach new audiences, develop new partnerships and closer links within the town centre whilst retaining their existing presence on the university campus.

It is hoped that the events will be a prelude to the ambitious plans of North Wales Science Limited, the charity that runs Techniquest Glyndŵr, to move its operational base to the building in the centre of Wrexham in 2019.

 

In front of the former T.J. Hughes building, Henblas Square, Wrexham are Chair of the North Wales Science Board, Iwan Thomas (R) together with Scot Owen, Centre Manager Techniquest Glyndŵr (L) and Mandy Jones Exhibition & Events Coordinator Techniquest Glyndŵr.

Making the announcement on behalf of the charity, Iwan Thomas, Chair of the Board of Trustees said:

“Techniquest Glyndŵr has a fantastic offer and this opportunity to have a presence in the town centre will really help to put us on the map and attract even more visitors to the town.
This development will also add significantly to the cultural offer being developed by Wrexham County Borough Council, including the Ty Pawb arts hub, which will help to create additional footfall to all of the town centre businesses.

With this presence in a prominent location in the town,in addition to our current centre,we will significantly increase our ability to engage people of all ages with science and technology.”

The negotiations have been complex and have involved the owners of the building MCR Property Group, Wrexham Borough Council, North Wales Science Limited and Wrexham Glyndŵr University agreeing a feasible plan to take over the building on a short-term basis. This is prior to the outcome of a series of funding applications which will enable the transformation of the building into a major visitor attraction as a large science discovery centre right in the heart of Wrexham town centre.

Lynda Powell, Director of Operations, Wrexham Glyndŵr University and a board member of North Wales Science Limited said:

“The University had the foresight in setting up North Wales Science almost 15 years ago.Since then the charity has grown into the significant presence that Techniquest Glyndŵr has both on our campus and more widely in the community.

With our close working relationship developed over the years we are pleased to have been able to assist with this venture as part of a long term growth plan for Techniquest Glyndŵr.

I would particularly like to acknowledge the proactive support of the building’s owners MCR Property Group which has made this development possible.”

Techniquest Glyndŵr is launching a major fundraising initiative which will involve eventsand applications to a variety of potential funders including charitable trusts and local industry. The charity also hopes to establish stronger links with local technology businesses as part of the bold development plan by making possible the acquisition of exciting new interactive exhibits and the development of additional science workshops and shows.

Scot Owen the Centre Manager said:

“For a long time we have been looking at ways to have a more visible presence in Wrexham, and our current location has made it difficult to attract the sort of visitor numbers we want in order to ensure a longer term sustainable future for the centre.

The opening of the temporary town centre venue will be a great way to celebrate our 15th year of operation and we intend that this new presence will help ensure that Techniquest Glyndŵr will be thriving for many more years to come.”

Techniquest Glyndŵr’s Exhibition and Events Coordinator, Mandy Jones commented:

“Recent news showed that Wrexham has a growing tourism economy which is now worth nearly £116 million.
With this additional presence we are hoping to be able to contribute further to that growth by attracting new visitors to the town and this is the exciting first step towards developing a permanent town centre site.

We are looking to the public and local and regional industry to help us achieve our charity’s ambition to develop this additional base into an exciting ‘go to’ venue right at the heart of the community”

 Comments are invited about ideas on what could be incorporated within the new base - activities, facilities, exhibitions, events. Please leave your comments below with your suggestions

 

Sensory Tunnel Visit

Techniquest Glyndŵr has worked with Guide Dogs for The Blind Cymru to bring their sensory tunnel van to the Science Centre for the day as part of a programme of visits they have organised to the area. The team of 4 from Guide Dogs Cymru accompanied the van to help make contact with members of the public and students as part of a bid to recruit volunteers to help the organisation.

During the day a steady stream of visitors came to try out the challenge for themselves including staff and students from Wrexham Glyndŵr University, members of the public and staff from Techniquest Glyndŵr.

Jacqui Hughes-Jones, from the Guide Dogs Association said
“We have brought the van with us today as part of our campaign to recruit local volunteers to our organisation. There are a number of visually impaired people in the area who are keen to have a sighted volunteer to work with them as they develop their skills to negotiate their life without sight.
We are also looking for local student ambassadors who would be interested to talk about our work in schools.
Tomorrow we will be visiting the Tesco Extra store near the Border Retail Park in the centre of Wrexham so I am hoping between the two visits that we will be generating lots of interest amongst people from the Wrexham area."

Nathan Fry the Guide Dogs Engagement Officer was welcoming visitors to the van explaining what to expect as they tried out the sensory tunnel.

He explained

"In this van we have created a mini-environment fitted with various obstacles that might be found on the street. By putting on our special “mindfold” mask, visitors will be able to experience the disorientation that occurs when the eyes are open but there is nothing to see because their vision has been temporarily obscured by the mask.
Once inside the van, we ask people to try and identify all of the various items that have been installed just by the sense of touch and set against the background noise of a typical street scene.

Being visually impaired himself Nathan added,

"This challenge really helps to make sighted people aware of some of the issues associated with moving about in a world without sight. You might come across all sorts of unexpected items on the pavement

 such as wheelie bins, bicycles and even parked cars that could be tripped over.
By bringing this van today, as well as raising awareness of visual impairment we are also hoping to recruit some additional volunteers and increase the support for our valuable work, not only locally but across Wales."

The team also had brought along a couple of trained guide dogs, “Kayley” and “Mason” who were able to be part of the visit because they were officially ‘off duty” and away from their owners and these provided a popular additional attraction to the visit.

Mandy Jones, Senior Exhibition and Events Coordinator at Techniquest Glyndŵr said

“Techniquest Glyndŵr always likes to support other charities and when Guide Dogs Cymru approached us about bringing their sensory tunnel challenge to the area we thought it would be an interesting additional activity we could host but also help them at the same time.
Being situated on the University Campus is ideal for their visit since they are particularly interested in recruiting volunteer Student Ambassadors to help with their visits to schools in the area raising awareness of their work.”