Calling all engineers! Free tips and tricks from Kier & TQG

Kier are launching their CITB funded GoConstruct Engage Programme through a series of 3 regional Train the Trainer’ events being rolled our across Wales in September.

Techniquest Glyndwr are proud to be hosting the session in North Wales which will introduce employees from the construction industry to the free educational resources that have been created to improve partnerships and engagement with schools across Wales.

The resources will enhance partnerships and collaborative working across the industry to improve the perception of Construction and address the future skills gap. It will also be an opportunity to improve community benefits delivery, staff CPD and social value impact in areas where construction work is being carried out.

As an educational charity, Techniquest Glyndwr is delighted to be working with Kier and the construction companies to host the event, drawing upon the expertise within the organisation to provide a venue for the training, team building break-out challenges and our top tips on working with children!

To book onto the event please do so here: To book onto the event please do so below.

 

Does your job help inspire a generation?

When it comes to the world of work it’s no often that the opportunity to make a genuine difference that can help inspire hundreds of thousands of people.

Techniquest Glyndwr however are looking to bring in two such people to work within our Inspiring Science Funded roles. We’re on the look out for a Projects Assistant and Community Outreach Coordinator to make a real difference in regards to our new centre in the middle of Wrexham.

In the summer of 2019 we announced that we were moving from Wrexham Glyndwr University’s Plas Coch campus and occupying the former TJ Hughes store in the heart of the town.

These roles will be as part of the projects team with a heavy focus on the ‘Heart of the Community – Calon y Gymuned’ project.

The Projects Assistant will be accurately reporting and recording externally funded projects with a real focus on redefining our purpose as a business and the move into the town centre.

The Community Outreach Coordinator will be assisting with the delivery and reporting of the ‘Heart of the Community’ project whilst also reaching out to under-represented and underserved audiences with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths).  There is an exciting element of co-creation planned for new activities both in the community and within the new centre.

Both roles will have a huge part to play in the future of the business. Techniquest Glyndwr has welcomed over a million visitors and is aiming to increase our reach and those we engage with year on year, inspiring new audiences into the STEM and showcasing opportunities to our younger friends in the community.

If you would like to be a part of this or need more information, click below.  Closing date Sunday 1st September 2019.

More great changes at TQG

Here at Techniquest Glyndwr we’re always looking for our guests to let us know their thoughts, and after taking our visitors feedback over recent times we’ve decided to add an extra show for each weekday of the summer holidays!

Along with our usual 13:00 and 15:30 shows as of Monday August 26th we’ll be adding an 11:30 slot to make sure that guests aren't waiting around if they arrive here early.

It’s a decision that we’re pleased to make, with packed out shows in recent weeks and now due to popular demand we’ll be able to accommodate even more visitors to our showpieces.

Early birds will be able to combine their experience with shows at an earlier time all the way through the summer holidays without having to patiently wait to see the best experiments in North Wales.

Techniquest Glyndwr is open 7 days a week this summer from 10am-5pm on weekdays and 11am-4:30pm on weekends.

Techniquest Glyndwr shall soon be no more – here’s why!

Over the last 16 years we’ve cemented our name in Wales and the North-West as ‘Techniquest@NEWI’ and latterly ‘Techniquest Glyndwr’, but now we’re crafting our own bespoke identity and need your views.

After months of internal efforts we’ve shortlisted three names to take our brand forward to coincide with moving to our new Science Discovery Centre in the heart of Wrexham.

At the end of June we revealed that we had secured funding to finally achieve our long-held dream of re-locating to the nerve-centre of our community and now a new name and branding will compliment this.

Having used the trade name of Techniquest in Cardiff for almost two decades, we will now look establish our own brand and identity both in Wrexham, North Wales, the North West and further afield.

A major next step is consulting with the general public to receive their feedback in order to gather a favourable outcome for all.

As well as the change in name we'll also be completely changing our branding, which we hope will tie in with not just the aspect of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) but also the cultural heartbeat of the town in which we love.

To find out what the three names are and get voting simply check out the button below.

 

Town Centre Purchase and Further Plans Revealed

  • North Wales Science Ltd completes building purchase
  • Change of use approved by Wrexham CBC
  • Public thoroughfare plans revealed

Techniquest Glyndwr is thrilled to confirm that the purchase of the property within the centre of Wrexham – formerly occupied by TJ Hughes – has been completed.

North Wales Science Ltd has successfully procured the building and now work can begin creating a new science discovery centre within the heart of the community.

In June 2019 it was revealed that we had successfully acquired funding to make the purchase and create a brand new experience for visitors and schools alike, with the ball firmly rolling on the next steps for TQG.

In what is set to be an exciting 12-months for the organisation, the community are now being consulted on all aspects of the new centre. The purchase of the building is a major step towards the occupation of the Henblas Square property.

Planning has been submitted and approved for change of use by Wrexham County Borough Council for the centre that will include exhibition space, café, science shop, laboratories and theatre space.

The centre will also include a public thoroughfare, a welcome return for visitors to Wrexham town centre.

More information on work at the site and plans are set to be revealed in the coming months.

 

Techniquest Glyndwr Centre manager Scot Owen said:

 

“The purchase of the building is a positive stride towards us occupying our new home and we’re thrilled that this has been completed.

“We were delighted with the response from the public and local businesses alike when we were finally able to announce that funding was in place to re-locate and now those in and around the town centre will be sure to spot changes and progress being made to the building over the coming months.

“With the change of use being approved and the plans in place for an excellent facility which includes the welcome return of the walkway linking Henblas Square and Chester Street the ball is firmly rolling.

“The chance to bring a Science Discovery Centre into the town centre and firmly embed ourselves within the community is fantastic and we can’t wait to reveal more news very soon”.

A Golden Moon-themed concert for Wrexham

Techniquest Glyndŵr welcomes the public of all ages to what is going to be a fantastic evening of music and celebration, marking 50 years since mankind first stepped foot on the surface of the moon and 50 years of Wrexham Symphony Orchestra began delighting audiences with their music.

With it being almost 50 years since a human first set foot on the moon’s surface, Techniquest Glyndŵr and Wrexham Symphony Orchestra have joined forces to celebrate this historic event.

On Saturday 21st July, 50 years to the day of the landing, the Orchestra is presenting a special space-themed programme at 7.30 pm at the William Aston Hall, Wrexham Glyndŵr University.

Pre-concert shows on the night will be presented by Techniquest Glyndŵr in the Foyer in their StarDome, together with Hands-on Moon and planetary activities to try out.

The concert also celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the formation of the Wrexham Symphony Orchestra.

Orchestra Chair, Matthew Ellis, commented

“ This joint concert came about by a small piece of serendipity. We had planned a 50th Anniversary Concert to be performed by the Orchestra a while ago, but, for various reasons, it had to be postponed.

When the concert date was re-set our Marketing Coordinator, Derek Jones realised the new date coincided with the special Moon Landing Weekend that was already being planned over the weekend of 20th and 21st July to mark the Moon Landing anniversary.

We thought it would be such a great way to collaborate and make even more of the occasion by arranging a special theme to the music for the concert including Gustav Holst’s the Planet Suite.  

The Symphony Orchestra has close connections with the University, and the Vice Chancellor  Maria Hinfelaar is the Honorary President

Speaking recently at the University, Maria said,

“As Honorary President of Wrexham Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra in Residence at the University, I am so pleased to welcome this unique joint piece of work with Techniquest Glyndwr. Techniquest Glyndwr is a subsidiary charity owned by the University which runs a science Discovery Centre on the University Campus.

They have been working hard to present a programme of special Moon Landing  activities over the weekend of 20/21st July and it’s wonderful to see the themed concert being staged at the end of the first day of that special weekend which also celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Wrexham Symphony Orchestra”

Scot Owen, Centre Manager said

Thanks to funding from the UK Association of Science Discovery Centres and the UK Space Agency  we have been able to present a full programme of Moon related activities at our centre over the weekend that marks 50 years since the first moon landing by mankind on 20th and 21st July.

I am pleased that we have been able to work together with Wrexham Symphony Orchestra for the programme over the weekend,  especially since we have three members of our staff who regularly play in the Orchestra. I am proud to say they will all be playing on the 20th July at the special anniversary Concert.

I would urge anyone purchasing tickets for the concert to make sure they come early so that they don’t miss out of the range of moon themed activities that we have organised in the Foyer of the William Aston Hall before the concert, where they will also be able to take part in the continuous programme of planetary journeys we will be presenting in our StarDome.

Tickets for the special concert can be purchased online from the Orchestra’s website, William Aston Hall Box Office and in person from Techniquest Glyndŵr, Wrexham and Llangollen Tourist Information Centres and Rowanthorn Gift Shop, Oswestry.

Confirmed | Major funding to secure Town Centre Move

Techniquest Glyndŵr are delighted to announce a major funding package has been secured allowing huge opportunities for the organisation. It will mean that the Wrexham based science centre will be finally be able to realise its long-held dream of moving to the town centre into the empty former TJ Hughes building.

The move will enable the Science Centre to make use of the much larger premises to offer an ambitious programme of science events and a much wider selection of interactive exhibits to the public and schools from across North Wales and North West England. This will offer an exciting and innovative programme of events and interactive experiences that will engage visitors from local communities and across the region with STEM.

The £2.8million project includes £1.75million grant funding awarded by the Inspiring Science Fund and £750,000 from Welsh Government’s Targeted Regeneration Investment programme. The Inspiring Science Fund supports science centres across the UK, helping them rethink what they do and what they offer to the public. The scheme is co-funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Wellcome.

The bid for funding had the support of several key agencies in Wrexham including Wrexham Glyndŵr University and Wrexham County Borough Council who have been supporting the regeneration of the town centre.

The plans outlined in the bid have also received widespread public support, demonstrated by the large numbers of local people who visited the temporary science centre pop up over the summer months of 2018 when it was open during Wrexham’s series of monthly street festivals.

Local businesses in the town centre have also expressed their approval for the proposal to create a new town centre attraction which they see will help with the long term economic future of the town.

Many have been backing the #MyTQG campaign over the last 18 months and everyone including Ian Lucas MP, local government, businesses and the public have been right behind it. Techniquest Glyndwr is thankful for this support from our local community.

Techniquest Glyndŵr is now looking to local industry to support us financially and in-kind as we work hard over the next two years to develop the site and even more exciting projects.

The award of the funding begins an intensive 12-month period during which the town centre building will be purchased and converted into a fully operational science discovery centre to replace the existing centre on the Plas Coch Campus of Wrexham Glyndŵr University.

 

Scot Owen, Techniquest Glyndŵr Centre Manager said:

We’re thrilled to have secured the future of Techniquest Glyndŵr within the heart of our community here in Wrexham.

This move has been part of our vision for quite some time and now we’re able to actively begin to put our plans in place.

Techniquest Glyndŵr is committed to Wrexham and the town centre community, which goes hand in hand with inspiring young minds through STEM subjects. Having somewhere so embedded within the community will only be a positive for all.

We now continue to look forward in what is a very exciting time for both ourselves and Wrexham as a whole, with a fantastic opportunity to create something special for our region.

 

Hannah Blythyn, Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government said:

“Moving Techniquest Glyndŵr to the centre of Wrexham will bring a fantastic visitor attraction to the heart of the town and attract more visitors in with its great mix of technology and science. I’m looking forward to seeing Techniquest Glyndŵr inspire many more young people in north Wales.”

 

Mark Pritchard, Leader of Wrexham County Borough Council said:

“This is excellent news for Techniquest Glyndŵr and the town centre. It will really open up this part of town once again and I would like to both congratulate staff and all the Partners involved and thank them for their hard work and collaboration in securing this funding.

“The development will be part of the town centre regeneration which will see the Henblas Street and Chester Street areas brought into residential and retail use.

“With an announcement expected soon about the former BHS store the future is looking bright for this area of town.”

 

Lynda Powell, Director of North Wales Science said:

“This is absolutely great news – for Techniquest Glyndŵr, for Wrexham town centre, and for STEM in North and Mid Wales.

“This funding will help secure Techniquest Glyndŵr in a key town centre location – one which is seeing a range of private and public sector investment. The development will be a key part of the regeneration of our town centre.

It means that Wrexham Glyndŵr University can continue extending the community work it has been doing with its portfolio of science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses. That work is an investment in our regional skills base that has been has developed alongside industry partners, and it will help to boost our economy for years to come.”

A Catalan Abroad – My Time With TQG

At the beginning of 2019 Techniquest Glyndwr greeted volunteer Xavi to the centre. The Catalan student has been working with us on various things at TQG but his time here is coming to a close.

Here, Xavi tells us about his experience and the differences between Barcelona and Wrexham.

Hi, I’m Xavi, I graduated from Autonomous University of Barcelona with a degree in environmental biology and, later on, I studied a master’s degree in oceanography and management of the marine environment at University of Barcelona. Even though my academic training, I had never had the chance to work as a biologist in Spain because the unemployment is absolutely shocking, in particular for the youth (32.4%). Furthermore, I didn’t know what to do so as to find a job opportunity in my country related to my education. Despite knowing that it wouldn’t be easy to find something, I was lucky that one day I heard that the European Social Fund (ESF) was giving some scholarships to unemployed people. That’s the main reason why I decided to apply for the scholarship.

Never before had I thought that the ESF would give me the opportunity to work abroad, in that case, in Techniquest Glyndŵr. To be honest, at the beginning I couldn't believe my eyes because the ESF was offering what I was looking for a long time. I’d like to point out that nowadays for non-native English speaking countries, if you want to find decent job, a higher level of English is required. As a result, as you can imagine, non-native English speakers have to invest a lot of money in extra classes in order to improve their English level. So that, as I was saying before, I was really lucky because they offered me to work in Wales forcing me to practise that language everyday.

Regarding my experience in Techniquest Glyndŵr working as a science communicator I must confess that everything is going pretty well. When I first arrived to my new work placement I felt comfortable and motivated. If I had to highlight the most tricky thing, I’d definitely say Welsh employee’s names in addition to their correct pronunciation. Apart from that issue, all the employees are amazing and really friendly. It seems to me that it’s easy to see that they truly enjoy what they are doing and they work hard on it. I think is superb that this charity is composed of a lot of people from different places because it allows me to learn loads of interesting things from them! The schedule is great because everyday is completely different and you don’t know what you will be doing the rest of your day. What’s more, you have the opportunity to interact and talk to different employees and public every day.

If I had to talk about which tasks I do in this science discovery centre, I must admit that I’ve had the chance to do a little bit of everything. For instance, interacting with the public, hosting school groups as part of their education programmes, accompanying the children around the centre, explaining and assisting them with the exhibits, working closely with the staff on the production of their workshops and shows, working alongside with the science communicators on outreach at schools and events, working a little bit as a marketing and communication assistant, working on the till, etc. Therefore, I think I’m very lucky to have had the chance to try each of those tasks. I’ve been working in Techniquest Glyndwr for 3 and a half months and, honestly, I’m happy to see that, even though the language barrier is always there, I haven’t had any problem at all in understanding what they were saying or asking me. Recently, they have asked me if I’d like to present a workshop, which I feel it’s quite challenging for me, especially considering that I’m not an English native speaker. However, I believe that if I practise a lot, I’ll be fine.

Public awareness of science is not an easy task if you want to achieve your goal perfectly, nevertheless, I’m confident that this centre had been working and offering a vast diversity of options and opportunities to promote this field and it’s paying off!

 

Here are just some of the differences between Wales and my home, Barcelona.

 

  • Greeting: It’s funny because in Spain we are use to do two kisses, one in each cheek, and we’ll probably shake your hand as well. So, I think we tend to be closer than Welsh people. What’s more, now I’m getting used to Welsh greeting but, I feel Welsh people tend to be colder.
  • Meal times: The point is that in Spain we’re used to have long meals (1h ish), specially during midday because it allows us to break and disconnect a bit. For that reason, when I came to the UK for the first time, I was impressed how is it possible that people have lunch in less than an hour! I think is quite stunning but, at the same time, not very healthy. However, when you live there, you can easily understand why they tend to eat sandwiches, you don’t have to cook and it’s cheap! Moreover, in Spain we are use to have lunch at 2 pm and dinner at 9 pm, whilst it’s completely different from British schedule.
  • Food: This is definitely the foremost topic that had been worrying me since I’ve been living in Wales. When I was in Spain, I remember one day I was watching the BBC News and they were reporting that nowadays, obesity is a significant health concern. What’s more, they described it as a national emergency! In spite of knowing that it was happening, I couldn’t believe it! I’m confident that for Spanish people it’s easier to keep and have a healthier diet due to the fact that we produce loads of fruits and vegetables, nonetheless, I’ll like to highlight that we don’t have many advertisements promoting junk food. However, to be honest, British baked goods are amazing! No matter which one do you order, that you’ll definitely love it! For example, carrot cakes, Welsh cakes, scones,
  • Supermarkets: Why do you use too much plastic for all kinds of stuff? To be honest, I don’t really understand why vegetables, fruits or any other product, are covered with plastic. I must confess that for some products it’s really important, however, do you think we need a plastic envelope for just four apples for example? As an environmental biologist I’m worried about our ecological footprint and our impact, so that, I hope this policy will change soon. As far as I am aware, some UK supermarkets reduce the precise of those products which are going to be out of day the following day. I strongly feel that this initiative it’s a good alternative not to throw aways loads of food everyday.
  • Pubs: What should I say about this lovely places… Pubs are undoubtedly the best place to feel the real Welsh atmosphere. Not only do they offer you a large variety of pints or ciders, but pubs also provide good food and typical meals after all. I have to admit that I couldn’t believe how expensive are all kinds of drinks in those places, however, I feel it’s kind of normal for Welsh people.

 

NOTICE: Techzone

Over the last five years or so we've held Techzone and introduced the world of technology to hundreds of children and young adults.

During that time our staff and visitors alike have been fascinated by the wonder of computers, robotics and artificial intelligence, making the world of tech that bit less daunting.
Because of this, it saddens us to announce that this weekend's Techzone event 'Animals' will be our last. We hope to be able to bring you another event in similar vein in the future but due to a lack of participants at the moment coinciding with the departure of the event organiser we have had to pause for the time being.
Next month's (July) Techzone event ' Wearable Tech' has unfortunately been cancelled.
We want to wish everyone who's attended over the last five years for making it a highlight in the Techniquest Glyndwr calendar, we hope to have you back visiting soon with a packed summer schedule planned.
As we work towards a very bright future for Techniquest Glyndwr with a number of major events and projects on the horizon, we hope to have a new and improved monthly event for Techzone fans soon.
We apologise for any disappointment and would like to thank you for your continued support.

You can book on for the final Techzone by clicking here.

Discover North East Wales’ amazing engineering heritage with Techniquest Glyndŵr!

Techniquest Glyndŵr has been awarded funding to bring an exciting programme of events to the Wrexham area this summer.

Techniquest Glyndŵr are very pleased to have been selected as one of the recipients of the Royal Academy of Engineering 2019 Ingenious grants, which are awarded to projects that present engineering in new and exciting ways to diverse audiences across the UK.

Their project, “11 Mile Journey – Discovering North Wales’ Amazing Engineering” will celebrate the unique engineering heritage of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal, which this year marks 10 years as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Techniquest Glyndŵr is developing new, interactive workshops and family-friendly activities which will demonstrate the amazing feat of engineering that makes the 11 miles of canal, including two aqueducts, so special.

These activities will be delivered free of charge at community events and schools across the area from June-October this year. Confirmed events so far include our presence at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, a family fun day at Trevor Basin on 29th June, and workshops at Ty Mawr Country Park on 26th July.

Through these events, Techniquest Glyndŵr will give local communities the chance to learn more about the strong engineering heritage of the area through hands-on, interactive activities, as well as providing an insight into current opportunities within engineering by working with local engineers from industry, academia and professional institutes at the events.

The activities will contribute to a wider programme of exciting events for everyone to get involved in; including family fun days, dance workshops, photography and poetry competitions, and much more; which will be taking place across the region this year to commemorate 10 years since the inscription of the Canal and Aqueduct as a World Heritage Site.

The events are being delivered in partnership with Wrexham County Borough Council, Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB, and Canal and River Trust, amongst others. Keep an eye out for details of these events as they are announced!

Looking for Engineers

Techniquest Glyndŵr is currently looking for engineers to collaborate with on this project, to assist with the delivery of these activities and act as industry experts for our audiences to meet and engage with.

Engineers involved in the project will benefit from bespoke support, information and training from Techniquest Glyndŵr to boost their confidence, and be given the opportunity to engage with different people and enhance their own public engagement skills. A minimum commitment of attending one 90-minute training session and one event for the project is all that is asked, no previous experience necessary!

Dawn Pavey, Projects and Fundraising Coordinator at Techniquest Glyndŵr said;

“I am very excited that Techniquest Glyndŵr is working in partnership with local organisations, engineering firms, county councils and professional institutes to bring workshops and activities to the communities that live on the doorstep of the Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site.

Techniquest Any engineers who are interested in volunteering for this project, as well as any schools, community groups or event organisers in the local area who would like to know more about these activities, are invited to contact Hannah Marubbi (hannah@tqg.org.uk) or Dawn Pavey (dawn@tqg.org.uk) at Techniquest Glyndŵr, or phone 01978 293948 / 01978 293400 to speak to one of us."