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.”

We Need A Hero – It Could Be You!

On Saturday 13th July, we’re hosting our very first sponsored walk to raise vital funds and we’d love you to join us.

A recent poll revealed that a whopping 32% of people did not realise that we are a charity! Maybe not surprising considering that we aren’t your typical charity funding medical research or providing care to those in need.

What we do however, is bring a family together for a great day out and inspire the next generation of scientist on our school trips! We upskill local children, passing on ideas that could mean that one day they go on to make a break-through in science; or it may just mean that we give a child the confidence to put their hand up in class. For us that would be wonderful!

Contrary to what many my think, we aren’t council run and we must stand on our own two feet to survive; and it is through the kindness of individual donations, business, grants and foundations that we’re able to do so.

All funds are invested into the development and delivery of curriculum-related workshops and live-science shows.

The problem is that we’re running low, which is why we’re reaching out to those who might be up for a challenge to help us.

We’re asking all of our supporters, families, businesses, school children, teachers and staff to get behind us and to raise as much as possible so that we can build an even better science centre for even more people to enjoy.

The Break-Down

Date: Saturday 13th July.

When: Meet at 11am (allow 2 hours to complete the hike).

Children: Welcome of course! Why not make it a day trip out with your family and friends to get fit and have fun! Prams and pushchairs may struggle so please bear that in mind!

Where: Moel Famau top car park, Penbarras, CH7 5SH.

Refreshments: You’re welcome to bring a picnic, but please ty to avoid single use plastics where possible.

What to wear: Kids (and adults!) are positively encouraged to come in fancy dress.

What to raise: We ask that you try and raise as much as possible for Techniquest Glyndwr and to bring it with you on the day. Your contribution will go towards a new community-focussed exhibit!

Our offer: Raise £20 or more for a chance to win an annual pass to our centre.

Our offer to schools: Get a % off a school trip for every sponsored walker from your school! Bring 100 kids, that's a free school trip!

Download the Techniquest Glyndwr Sponsored Walk form here.

NOTICE: TQG Parking and Access for 20/02/19

On Wednesday February 20th 2019 Glyndwr University will be holding an event on campus which will impact the way in which the public are able to access the Plas Coch site.

Techniquest Glyndwr will be open as usual on this day with the same opening hours (10am-16:30) but advise the following for our public visitors.

Glyndwr University will be running a mock scenario involving emergency services, crime scene personnel, theatre and journalism students with many areas of the campus cordoned off restricting access.

  • Access to Techniquest Glyndwr will be through the Crispin Lane entrance only.
  • Parking spaces for Techniquest Glyndwr remain as normal with places available to visitors.
  • Those visiting via train should arrive via Crispin Lane as well as those walking from Wrexham Town Centre.
  • The presence of the emergency services (including light and sirens) are a mock scenario unless otherwise stated.

Schools visiting the centre for this day have been informed and we look forward to welcome all to to Techniquest Glyndwr for a day of intriguing science discovery.

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."

 

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.