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.

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