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. 

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.

 

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 9th 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.

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