Dinosaurs are coming!

Dinosaurs Annual Pass Event

The next Annual Pass event at Techniquest Glyndwr is likely to be extremely popular. With the theme of Dinosaurs the event will appeal to all those children who have a special fascination for prehistoric beasts.

Places  for the event can be booked for one of the three sessions taking place on Saturday January 5th. The sessions run from 11:00 to 13:30, 12:00 to 14:30 and 13:00 to 15:30.

Annual Pass events are free to Annual Passholders, and up to 6 guests can be invited per Passholders at just £4 each.

 

Annual Passes at Techniquest Glyndŵr cost just £20 and give you free entry to the centre for a full twelve months and free entry to special Annual Pass Events that take place several times through the year. It also gives you discounts in our Science Shop at the Centre as well as discounted entry to special events such as TechZone and Astronomy Club.

This fun event will include the following:

  • Investigating some fossils on loan from the National Museum of Wales. Fossils
  • Stepping into the shoes of an archeologist by discovering what’s hiding under the sand
  • Meeting Dennis the Dinosaur!
  • Making your own Dino mask as well as other creative activities.
  • Taking a snap of yourself in our "dino" photo booth
  • Immersing yourself in prehistory with our new Dinosaur public science show

PLEASE NOTE:

Booking is essential via our online booking system as places are limited, even if you hold an Annual Pass!

You must hold a valid Annual Pass that should be presented at reception upon arrival. If yours has expired, don’t worry, you can renew it on the day – just let us know when you book.

If you do not already have an Annual Pass then you can buy one over the phone anbd collect it when you come in to the centre
Pass Holders can bring along a maximum of 6 guests, who will be charged £4 each. Guest places must also be reserved at time of booking. Please let us know whether your guests are adults or children.

Children must be accompanied by an adult for this event.

 

 

Students organise Christmas Market

Students organise Science Centre’s first Christmas Market

 

Students from Glyndŵr University have been busy organising the first ever Christmas Market to be held at Techniquest Glyndŵr.

 

 

The Christmas Market will be taking place on Saturday 1st December from 11 am and 4.30 pm and, especially for the day, the Science Centre will be offering reduced price entry for the day to the public at £3 for adults and £2 for children.

 

 

The event promises to be a great lead-in to the Christmas period with a Santa’s Grotto, carol singers, a Christmas card workshop, and 15 Christmas Market stalls from small local businesses offering festive fare together with a prize raffle with donated prizes from local attractions which include Wrexham Football Club, Chester Zoo, Knowsley Safari Park and the National Trust.

 

 

With visitors having access to the 65+ hands-on science exhibits together with live science shows all day the student organisers hope that the event will be a real draw.

 

 

All proceeds from the event, apart from sales at the market stalls, will go towards the charity, North Wales Science that operates Techniquest Glyndwr to boost its ability to excite and interest children in science and technology.

 

 

 

 

 

The four students from Glyndwr University, Alison Booth, Adrianna Manias, Susie Armstrong and Sarah Gregory are in their second year of a Hospitality, Tourism & Events Management Course and have been organising the Christmas Market as a practical element of their studies.

 

As Sarah said

“Organising this Christmas Market has been a really productive hands-on learning exercise for all of us.

We spent our first year looking at all the theory side of the topic and this event is the start of the practical side of the course which we will be focusing on in our second year.

The coursework involves a mixture of theory and practical elements and the organisation of the market helps to build up the practical skills around event organisation and management.”

Susie said

“This is the first practical event we have all been involved with and it’s been a steep learning curve for us as we have been grappling with all the aspects of organising and promoting a successful event.”

The students were responsible for publicising and organising the presence of small local businesses in support of the event and they report that all the available 15 ‘pitches’ for the event have been booked and they have organised the layout and programme for the day.

Mandy Jones, Senior Exhibitions and Events Officer at Techniquest Glyndwr, commented

“This is the first time we have worked with the Hospitality, Tourism & Events Management Department at the University by supporting them in providing practical placements for their undergraduates.

I would like to thank the students for all their hard work in preparing for the event and I am sure, given the effort they have put in, it will be really successful.

It’s also been a learning exercise for us as well. We will be able to better gauge the sort of practical experiences we can offer the students which will also help us a not for profit business."

 

Work placements for young women

Techniquest Glyndŵr has teamed up with local charity “We Mind the Gap” to offer 5 work placements of 4 weeks each to young women from the Wrexham area. The overall placement programme will last until March 2019.

WeMindTheGap traineeship provides life skills, opportunities and work experience in a holistic, “walk alongside” model to young women who haven’t had the best start in life. Powered by Moneypenny, the award-winning company in Wrexham, the charity has successfully delivered 4 years of traineeships with great results.

Chair and founder Rachel Clacher says,

“It’s been a privilege to work with Techniquest Glyndŵr and other businesses across Wrexham who provide work placements to our young trainees allowing them to experience different ways of working and find where their talents lie”.

Kirsty Molyneux has just started her work placement with the science discovery centre and is already finding her feet as the newest member of the floor staff.

“I love it here”, she said, “especially since I get to meet lots of children who are visiting the centre and I help them get the most out of their visit."

She added

“I hope to work in children’s entertainment in the future so the experience I am getting here is going to be really useful. I would really like to work here once my programme with “Mind the Gap” to build on the experiences I will have during my placement here”

Kirsty explained that once she had moved into her own flat in Wrexham, her support worker introduced her to “We Mind the Gap” to help her develop her confidence and employment skills through a mixture of work placements, training workshops and study.

The charity set Kirsty up with her own personal schedule for the next six months which will amongst other experiences, involve 2.5 days per week on a variety of work placements, and half day a week at Coleg Cambria helping bring her English and Maths qualifications up to scratch.

Mandy Jones, Senior Exhibition and Events Officer at Techniquest commented

“Our first experience of offering work placements through ‘We mind the Gap’ was last year, when they approached us to provide a work placement for a trainee whose planned placement fell through at very short notice.

Our experience then was so positive, and the person who worked with us gained so much out of the experience that we felt we could offer more opportunities this year to more young women who wanted to improve their skills and chances of gaining good employment positions.

Kirsty is the first of a group of work placements we are offering to local young women right up until next March."

She continued
“Judging by the fact she has fitted in so well right at the start I am sure she will have a great time with us. She will be picking up plenty of varied experience as we deliver science related excitement to our visitors.”

A Weekend Science Festival for Wrexham in October

An exciting weekend of science discovery will be taking place in Wrexham town centre at the end of October. Organised by the volunteers of the British Science Association – North Wales Branch it will be involving a unique collaboration of local organisations to provide ‘DARGANFOD//DISCOVER’ an  event which will be running from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th October.

Techniquest Glyndŵr is pleased to be one of the delivery partners for the event, along with Tŷ Pawb, Undegun, Bank Street Social and the Wrexham Enterprise Hub, presenting a packed programme of events across the five venues for people of all ages visiting the town centre.
As part of the event, Techniquest Glyndŵr will be opening up their town centre venue in Chester Street/Henblas Square between 11am and 4.30pm on both the Saturday and Sunday.

At the venue there will be a special ‘Cancerquest’ interactive exhibition over the weekend. The roadshow, developed and presented by the Wales Cancer Partnership, is designed to spread awareness in a family friendly way about cancer and the research being carried out to combat it.

 

 

Visitors will be able to walk through and examine at close quarters a giant inflatable structure showing the inside of the human bowel whilst nearby, various engaging hands-on activities will be available demonstrating the work being carried out by the Partnership to identify and treat cancer which explore the properties of DNA and cells.

 

 

 

 

 

Elsewhere in the former TJ Hughes departmental store building a variety of hands-on family friendly science exhibits will be available for visitors to try, the cardboard construction zone will give free reign for children to build all sorts of imaginative structures, diddy car races will be run for different age groups and there will be a range of small local businesses will be setting up their

 

stalls selling anything from craft items to hand made fudge.

 

 

In addition to this, on Saturday 27th October, Techniquest Glyndŵr’s TechZone team will be hard at work helping visitors to build robots and carry out computer coding as part of the DARGANFOD//DISCOVER ‘Digital Discoveries’ drop-in event at the Wrexham Enterprise Hub in Queen’s Square. This event will run from 9am-12pm, and also features virtual reality from CEMET and computer game design with Wrexham Glyndŵr University.

Techniquest Glyndŵr will also be performing our family-friendly live science show’10 of the Best’ at 2pm on Saturday in Tŷ Pawb’s performance space, featuring our most exciting and intriguing science demonstrations!

On Sunday 28th October there is a fantastic evening of astronomy planned at Tŷ Pawb from 4pm. ‘Big Universe’ will feature a fascinating talk from Martin Griffiths (Director of Brecon Observatory / ex-NASA) on the Celtic myths of the night sky, and Techniquest Glyndŵr will be delivering shows in our inflatable planetarium, as well as leading some live stargazing up on the roof of Tŷ Pawb.

Hannah Marubbi, Techniquest Glyndŵr Projects Coordinator commented:

“All of us at TQG are really excited to be involved in bringing this new science festival to Wrexham. There is a fantastic programme of events and activities planned for the weekend, with something to please everyone. A brilliant way to start the half term holiday!”

Mike Corcoran, a member of the organising team, said:

“We can’t wait to welcome visitors to DARGANFOD//DISCOVER in Wrexham. We’re all passionate about the sciences, and about the impact expanding your mind, questioning your beliefs and finding out about your world has both for people and for whole communities. We know many feel the same way, and we’re thrilled to be welcoming some fantastic speakers, presenters and performers to Wrexham, for what should be a great weekend!”

The DARGANFOD // DISCOVER weekend has kindly been sponsored by Wockhardt UK and organised by the British Science Association (North Wales Branch).

For the full programme of events and to book tickets, head to the event website www.darganfod-discover.co.uk. Any enquiries can be directed to contact@darganfod-discover.co.uk.

The full programme for the weekend is below:

DAY    VENUE EVENT TITLE  AUDIENCE START TIME END TIME PRICE
FRIDAY
26th October
Bank Street Social Physics in Biology and Science in Music Ages 18+ 19:00 21:00 FREE
SATURDAY
27th October
Wrexham Enterprise Hub Digital Discoveries All Ages 09:00 12:00 FREE
SATURDAY
27th October
TQG Town Centre Pop Up
Henblas Sq./Chester St.
Cancerquest
Plus various interactive science activities
All Ages 11:00 16:30 FREE
SATURDAY
27th October
Tŷ Pawb Create-A-Scope Family Fun 12:00 16:00 FREE
SATURDAY
27th October
Tŷ Pawb Techniquest Glyndŵr Live Science Show –
“10 of the Best”
All Ages 14:00 15:00 FREE
SATURDAY
27th October
Tŷ Pawb Big Ideas Ages 12+ 17:30 21:30 £10.00
SATURDAY
27th October
Undegun Robots All Ages 12:00 14:00 FREE
SATURDAY
27th October
Undegun Apollo 11 Ages 18+ 20:00 00:00 £3.00
SUNDAY
28th October
TQG Town Centre Pop Up
Henblas Sq./Chester St.
Cancerquest All Ages 11:00 16:30 FREE
SUNDAY
28th October
Tŷ Pawb Space Craft Family Fun 12:00 16:00 FREE
SUNDAY
28th October
Tŷ Pawb Wall-E-Screening All Ages 14:00 15:00 FREE
SUNDAY
28th October
Tŷ Pawb Big Universe All Ages 16:00 19:00 £3.00

Preparing for the new term

With the school holidays mostly over for the schools that we serve we are now gearing up for the new term with preparations on our educational programme.

We are in the final stages of producing our new programme which we will be offering to Primary and Secondary schools across North Wales, Shropshire, Cheshire, Wirral, Warrington and Merseyside.

Our programme can be delivered here at our base in Wrexham and combined with access to our 65+ interactive science exhibits or presented on site at schools in the region.

If you are thinking of supporting your STEM curriculum with some engaging, interactive science presented by our skilled and enthusiastic Science Communicators  please call us on 01978 293400.

A flying theme to three days of Family Science Fun

This week Techniquest Glyndŵr will be opening up its temporary pop-up venue in Wrexham town centre for three full days of science fun and interaction in the run-up to the Bank Holiday on 23rd, 24th and 25th August between 11am and 4.30pm. Entrance to the activities will be free of charge.

In a unique collaboration with the RAF and its celebrations marking its 100th year, the Wrexham based science centre will be presenting an even bigger range of activities over the three days in the former TJ Hughes building in Chester Street/Henblas Square with the additional input from the RAF.

The country’s youngest armed service will be bringing along staff and presenting a special displays showing the role that Wrexham and its people have played in the success of the RAF over its first 100 years and a display illustrating the importance of Wales to the RAF as part of RAF100.

As a special on  August 25th only  the National Archives will be running a drop-in at their stand showing you how you can trace your family history and its connections to the military – sure to be popular so come early to see how it’s done!

The local Defence Electronics and Components Agency (DECA) from MoD Sealand (formerly RAF Sealand) will also be hosting a number of practical interactive STEM activities for children at the venue on all three days with the aim of inspiring the younger generation to take an interest in science and technology.

As a special additional activity, on Saturday 25th August only the RAF have arranged for the National Archives to host a stand offering drop-in sessions to visitors so that they can be taken through their families’ military history and be given ‘how-to’ instructions.

On the theme of flight, Techniquest Glyndŵr will be running special flight workshops where children will be able to construct flying

models to take away whilst Glyndŵr University Computer Science department will be bringing along their mini drones for children to practice their flying control skills.

Elsewhere in the ‘pop-up’ families will be able to try their hand with a number of interactive science exhibits brought from the main Science centre on the University campus with additional exhibits on special loan from the Winchester Science Centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throughout the three days prizewinning “Diddy Car Races” will be run for each of three age groups of children on a specially cordoned

 

off course which takes advantage of the smooth surfaced walkways around the ground floor of the building. Winners of each age group on each day will win a family voucher to visit Techniquest Glyndŵr, and on the Saturday a prize draw will be held with the prize being a new Diddy Car.

 

 

Senior Exhibition and Events Officer Mandy Jones commented:

“It’s been brilliant being able to work with the RAF and Wrexham Council to add to our special pop-up events in the town centre. With what we have planned it will make a fantastic run-up to the Bank Holiday weekend for everyone especially since it is free of charge. And with the fly pasts of famous RAF aircraft, a Hercules aircraft on Thursday 23rd at around noon and a Dakota aircraft around 3.15pm it will certainly liven up the town.
I would say to everyone in the Wrexham area to come on down over the three days and have some great family fun to start the Bank Holiday weekend in style! ”

A scientific Playday

A Scientific Playday in Wrexham!

 

Techniquest Glyndŵr provided a major scientific boost to Wrexham’s popular Playday which took over a number of places in the town centre of Wrexham last Wednesday 1st August.

 

Making full use of the empty former TJ Hughes building in Henblas Square, the Wrexham based Science Discovery Centre laid on a huge array of fun activities designed to engage with children of all ages and their families all absolutely free. And visitors flocked into the building in their hundreds to take part.

 

 

The ground floor of the building was packed with fun seeking families for the whole day and was filled with a range of stalls, activities such as diddy car racing, juggling and special interactive displays.

 

 

 

 

Several departments of Wrexham Glyndŵr University had brought along staff and equipment to the PlayDay event and were providing a variety of interactive experiences throughout the day.

 

 

The Forensics Department had organised a fingerprinting activity, virtual reality experiences and practice flights with mini drones were provided by the Electronics Department, and TV studio equipment was set up by the Creative Industries Department giving children the experience of being “on camera” in front of a green screen as in a real studio.

 

Bangor University School of Natural Sciences and the RSPB both provided interactive exhibits and experts in wildlife and ecology which supported the Operation Earth project which featured in Techniquest Glyndŵr’s public programme

 

 

 

 

Senior Exhibition and Events Officer Mandy Jones, who organised Techniquest Glyndŵr’s activities said:


“It’s been a brilliant day and we’ve been really busy. We were very pleased to add to Wrexham’s ever popular PlayDay activities by providing our special science engagement. Having different parts of Glyndŵr University contributing their staff and equipment really helped to add extra interest and I could see that a lot of our visitors were interested in what they had on offer.

The event also coincided with a visit of panel members from the Inspiring Science Fund who are currently assessing our funding bid to enable us to move permanently to the town centre. We were pleased to show them how much the public have got involved with us here and how popular we are with families.”

Free Family Science Fun Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday August 1st this year is a great day for kids in Wrexham. Lots of free activities for children to have fun.

 

Not only is it the ever popular Pay Day organised by Wrexham County Borough Play Services Department  but it is also the day that Techniquest Glyndŵr and Ty Pawb are getting together to offer a special Family Fun Day in the town centre.

Techniquest Glyndŵr is opening up the former TJ Hughes building again to offer a huge range of specially arranged activities and will be open between 11am and 4.30pm.

Entry to all venues is free!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The activities arranged by Techniquest Glyndŵr include:

  • A virtual reality under water  immersive experience within our StarDome
  • Diddy Car Races
  • A range of interactive science exhibits brought from the main centre at Plas Coch
  • A cardboard construction zone
  • Virtual reality experiences - provided by Wrexham Glyndŵr University
  • A mock-up newsreader set where visitors can produce their own newscast - provided Wrexham Glyndŵr University
  • Robotic Dementia cats - provided by Glyndŵr University
  • A stand with carnivorous plants with short presentations about biodiversity and climate change - provided by Bangor University
  • Stalls featuring a number of small local businesses offering their wares
  • and of course lots of circus skills demos

Over the road in Chester Street, Ty Pawb is organising their own activities to engage with families.

These include:

  • POP ART! – A Drawing disco for children for children of all ages where you can make your own neon artworks to chart music. activities
  • Face Painting from 11am – 1pm and
  • The Ty Pawb Treasure Hunt – Free and suitable for children of all ages. 

Street Festivals with a flavour of science.

Wrexham’s streets come alive each month with the regular street festivals which are organised by the Wrexham town centre partnership on the last Saturday of each month. Techniquest Glyndŵr supports the festivals by opening up the doors to the building which they hope will eventually be their future home between Henblas Square and Chester Street, the former TJ Hughes Wrexham store.

The Family Fun Science Days happen on the following dates:

Saturday 28th July 2018
11am – 4.30pm
Wednesday August 1st 2018
Wrexham Play Day
11am – 4.30pm
Saturday 25th August 2018
11am – 4.30pm
Saturday 29th September 2018
11am – 4.30pm
Saturday 27th October 2018
11am – 4.30pm

Visitors can take part in a lively variety of science themed activities taking advantage of the generous space offered by the whole of the ground floor of the former TJ Hughes building in the town centre.

One of the more popular activities for visitors is to take part in the continuous programme of StarDome shows which are presented in a continuous programme of shows in the science centre’s very own portable planetarium which is set up for each of the days.

Staff from Techniquest Glyndŵr also provided a selection of other science activities for visitors to take part in, various science busking and circus tricks and a small selection of the 65+ science exhibits brought from the main centre on Wrexham Glyndŵr University Campus especially for the event.

 

 

“Diddy Car Races” for three age groups of children are being held throughout each of the days on a specially cordoned off course which takes advantage of the smooth surfaced walkways around the ground floor of the building – with a leaderboard showing the fastest times for the children taking part, the races provide a fun prizewinning competition for children to take part in.

 

 

 

 

Other stalls at the events included local craft orientated small businesses,  local community groups providing hands-on activities for visitors and the very popular local fudge makers,

Little Fudge Box selling their hand made high quality confectionery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cardboard construction zone is set up to make use of quantities of large cardboard boxes which had previously been used to contain goods ordered for the science centre. It attracts lots of budding young architects to design and build small person-sized dens and various other imaginative structures which can be climbed into.

 

15th Birthday Celebration!

Techniquest Glyndŵr is 15 years old this year!

To celebrate the anniversary, we are organising a massive family science party over the weekend of 21st and 22nd July to take place at the discovery centre in Wrexham.

The celebration event will run from 11am until 4.30pm on both days of the weekend and entry just for that weekend will be absolutely free of charge.

Over the weekend an assortment of specially booked activities will be available including a climbing wall and a bouncy castle for visitors to try alongside other outdoor and indoor activities which will be adding to the existing 65+ interactive science exhibits in the centre.

 

There will also be a specially devised 15th birthday celebration science show being presented which includes a medley of the very best all-time favourite science demos, chosen by previous staff and current team members.

 

Senior Exhibition and Events Officer Mandy Jones is the longest serving member of staff at Techniquest Glyndŵr, having been recruited into the team in April 2003 after being a volunteer for a short spell just as the centre was getting established.

Mandy commented:

“I have seen the centre really grow and flourish over the years, having started in just one building with no educational outreach programme at all. We now have now grown to offer 5 separate zones, a live science theatre and a science garden for our visitors to explore and we have now become a major visitor attraction for Wrexham.

Not only that, but we now run an extensive educational outreach programme to primary and secondary schools across North Wales and in North West England and host a busy schedule of in-centre school visits.

In 2004, after the first full year of operations we had just over 27,000 engagements over the year, whereas in 2017 we logged over 73,000 engagements over the full year.

 

 

We have hosted lots of birthday parties over the years as part of our offer and they always proved a hit, but we thought now it was our turn to celebrate a birthday. We’re organising this massive birthday party event in July. It will be entirely free of charge for our visitors to have a great time celebrating with us.”

 

 

Iwan Thomas, Chair of the Board of |Trustees for the Charity said

“I am so proud to be chair of the board for such a great organisation. It carries out valuable work not only in North Wales but also into North West England inspiring the next generation of young scientists.

The charity North Wales Science has got a fantastic future ahead as our recently developed strategic plan rolls out. Despite the challenges presented by reduced funding from the Welsh Government I believe we have laid sufficiently good foundations now for the future; especially working in partnership with the support of Wrexham Glyndwr University and Wrexham Council on our vision.

With the work of the team here, our community partners, and the fantastic support of our visitors and clients, I am confident that Techniquest 

Glyndŵr will be serving the region for many years to come”

Thanks to a donation from Tesco Bags of Help scheme the science centre is able to make the weekend’s activities absolutely free of charge for the both the Saturday and the Sunday with free car parking included as well. 

With Wrexham General Station conveniently close, being just a short 10 minute walk away, the centre is certainly easy to get to.