5 Things You Definitely Didn’t Know About TQG

Whether a seasoned visitor or someone discovering Techniquest Glyndŵr for the first time there is always something new for you to experience and learn. Here we’ll take a look at 5 facts that you didn’t know about TQG!

 

1 - Did you know we are a registered charity? Lots of people don’t! By simply visiting TQG or buying a gift from our shop you are helping us to continue engaging with school children and families. Speaking of our shop, did you know it's the only science dedicated store around? It's the best place to grab a science gift during your trip. So why not treat yourself to an extra coffee when you visit next? It all adds up!

 

2 -Think you can solve our mirror maze without getting lost, crack our treasure chest or decipher the mystery of our shrinking chair? Come and test your skills and try out some puzzles that aren’t always what they seem.

 

3- So you’ve visited TQG and had a mind-blowing time, what’s next? Did you know that TQG offers Annual Passes? Enjoy unlimited access to the centre for only £20 for 12 months! Endless enjoyment, access to explosive shows and even invites to exclusive events just for Annual Pass holders and their guests. What’s stopping you?

 

4- With so much to explore here did you know you can share this with your friends and family and throw your next birthday party at TQG? A unique experience that includes access to the zones, your own host who will take all the stress out of running a birthday party and your own show led by a real scientist. Your friends won’t believe their eyes!

 

5- Short of cash? Why not come and visit TQG’s very own Science Garden. Enjoy wildlife spotting in the pond and bug hotel, enjoy a picnic and take a selfie with Cosmo, the TQG sheep. There’s loads to do and best of all it’s free to visit!

 

Now equipped with all this information, why not plan your next family day out here at TQG? You never know what you’ll discover next.

 

Written by Jess Horner 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Transport & Parking for April 27/28

This weekend Glyndwr University’s Plas Coch campus will be busier than usual with Comic-Con arriving. Techniquest Glyndwr will be open as usual and we advise anyone visiting Techniquest Glyndwr to ensure they plan their journey accordingly.

 

Car Parking

There will be limited parking for Techniquest Glyndwr visitors only for Saturday and Sunday that will be for our guests’ use. Comic Con attendees will not be permitted to park at Techniquest Glyndwr.

The entrance via Crispin Lane is also only to be used by Techniquest Glyndwr visitors with Comic Con visitors entering via the Plas Coch side. A steward will be on the gate to assist with this.

We advise visitors that parking will be limited but there are alternative places to park around Wrexham town centre. For a full list of car parks in Wrexham click here. Car parks in the town centre are 15 minutes or so walk away.

 

Train

Wrexham has a train station within close proximity to Techniquest Glyndwr, meaning rail travel is an easy way to reach us at TQG. Wrexham General Station is just eight minutes walk away from the centre Techniquest Glyndwr.

 

Buses

A number of buses operate into Wrexham arriving at the bus station located in the town centre, and there is a bus stop just two minutes away from Techniquest Glyndwr on Mold Road. A full list of timetables can be found by clicking here.

 

Taxi Services

If you are unable to make it from the town centre and require transport, there are a number of Taxi companies that operate nearby, you can view them by clicking here.

Lose the stress of feeding the family with this simple trick

We’ve all been there, you’re planning a trip out with the family for a day where memories are made and most importantly the kids are occupied. You’ve an idea of when your setting off and how to get there and now you’ve only got the one job left to do – food.

In front of you lies a mountain of bread, butter, treats and a sea of juice. You slave away for hours endlessly buttering loaves, carefully smearing as you strive not to stick the knife through your latest tuna mayo concoction. Meanwhile you hear tears from the other room, the third time in the space of the hour spent crafting together this family feast, to ensure stomachs aren’t left rumbling.

Now, what if we told you that this no longer has to be a concern? That you can plan your trip stress free whilst simultaneously saving yourself your hard earned cash. Techniquest Glyndwr are delighted to offer you an exclusive deal at the Plas Coch on all food and soft drinks to make sure your family are treated to the best.

Every time you visit us here at Techniquest Glyndwr you can pick up 20% off at the Plas Coch, situated just a stones throw away from us. No more arguing over fillings and flavours, now mum can have a lasagne whilst dad bites into a burger with nuggets for the little ones!

All you need to do is produce your receipt from us over at the Plas Coch that day and you can claim your offer. It’s that easy.

But what if you fancy food first before tiring them out with us at TQG? Well, we’ve got you covered!

Diners at the Plas Coch can take advantage of 20% off at Techniquest Glyndwr, so you can plan your day with flexibility and ease.

So what are you waiting for? Chomp down on some quality grub and explore over 65+ exhibits in the ultimate day-out combo in Wrexham!

*Offer subject to Terms & Conditions.

Adult Learning at Techniquest Glyndwr

Adult Learners explore science!

In an innovative collaboration between Wrexham County Borough Council Adult & Community Learning and Techniquest Glyndŵr adult learners are able to take part in some hands-on science learning at Wrexham’s science centre on the Glyndŵr University Plas Coch Campus.

The popular science discovery centre is more usually known for its work with schools and its exciting public programme for families with its 65+ interactive exhibits and engaging live science shows.

However, through their 'Skills in the Workplace' adult learners’ programme, the team at Techniquest Glyndŵr are helping local adult learners enjoy a series of problem solving and practical science activities including programming robots.

Today Caitlin Langford and Suzanne Davies, both adult learners from Wrexham, are learning how to programme a LEGO EV3 robot to follow a series of coded instructions in order to navigate an obstacle course safely.

As she showed some photos she had taken on her phone, Caitlin said,

“Yesterday we had a challenge to design and make a roller coaster out of some provided materials - it was fun creating something that actually worked.

Today I had to overcome a bit of fear over robots to programme a mini LEGO robot to go round an obstacle course – although Josh from Techniquest took us through how to programme various instructions it didn’t quite work as well as we hoped, even though the machine managed to go a little way round the course!”

Dawn Pavey, Projects Coordinator with Techniquest Glyndŵr said,

“Around 3 years ago we successfully applied to Wrexham County Borough Council to become one of their approved Adult Community Learning providers.

This has now opened the door for some exciting collaborational work and has enabled us to develop enthusiasm and interest in science amongst local adult learners.

We’re hoping the ‘Skills for the Workplace’ Programme we are currently offering adult learners will really take off once word gets about how fun and useful the sessions are.

Science activities are a great way to practice teamwork, communication and problem solving skills that are essential for most jobs.”

Michelle Wright, Development Officer with Wrexham Adult and Community Learning added:

“The aim of the courses at Techniquest Glyndŵr is to engage learners, who may be reluctant to be in a traditional classroom environment, into fun learning opportunities which, in turn, will help to develop transferable employability skills.

ACL will be looking to develop these courses during the next financial year, opening up more opportunities as the year progresses. Our target participants are 16+ for Essential Skills provision, 18+ for employability training or the over 50’s for social inclusion and digital inclusion.

If any adults in the Wrexham area would like to develop their confidence or need support to overcome any barriers to learning they are experiencing we would love to introduce them to the opportunities that are out there.

Wrexham Adult Community Learning (ACL) Partnership can support adults with advice and guidance to access training courses in community venues right across the Wrexham area.

Please contact me by phone on 07584 335409 or by email at acl@wrexham.gov.uk

Adult Learners are also the focus of Wrexham’s Festival of Learning due to take place in June.

It is hoped to stage a launch event to coincide with Wrexham’s Street Market in the town centre on Saturday May 25th, where it is hoped that Tŷ Pawb will be playing host to a line-up of adult learning taster activities including some science busking from Techniquest Glyndŵr. The event will be giving a flavour of the variety on offer during the month long Festival of Learning which includes a special focus on the UK wide Adult Learners’ Week running from 17th to 23rd June.

With funding provided by the Learning and Work Institute, the Festival has been developed by Wrexham Glyndŵr University in conjunction with Wrexham County Borough Council to involve a wide variety of local organisations in offering an enticing menu of community based informal learning opportunities to engage with adult learners.

Sarah Gaffney, Widening Access Coordinator at Wrexham Glyndŵr University commented,

“Through working with partners including Techniquest Glyndwr, WCBC, Advanced Brighter Futures, The Denbigh Workshop and Coleg Cambria, taster sessions will be delivered across the borough in various community venues.

The idea is to increase participation in learning from hard to reach families and adults by promoting local courses, and enabling people who might not have considered returning to learning to experience classes ranging from Mindfulness to Maths to Making Hanging Baskets!

All sessions are free and we hope to launch the Festival of Learning at the Wrexham Street Festival on Sat 25th May to promote all the sessions.”

Techniquest Glyndwr Hierarchy Defend Slime Backlash

Senior Techniquest Glyndwr officials have today fought back against criticism of the Science Discovery Centre recruiting staff as young as four years of age.

Reports which broke in the last week in the Daily Slime, which has made claims that the Wrexham based centre is actively recruiting children to work for them in a ‘goo’ based environment have finally received comment amidst much speculation.

Centre manager Scot Owen hit out at critics who’ve lambasted the move by calling for an end to ‘tabloid tittle-tattle’.

“This may be an unorthodox practice but Techniquest Glyndwr believes in setting the trend in regards to employment opportunities in North Wales” said Owen.

“We’ve searched far and wide for the best Slime testers in the country but nobody fit the bill.

“After exhausting the recruitment process we finally made a breakthrough when one of our younger visitors began making the most incredible progress with our disgusting slime.

“After much negotiation the young man in question finally accepted our offer of two bags of sweets and a company toy car to join the team”.

The last week has seen numerous comments under the social media hashtag #MyTQG of varying opinion from positive responses to cries of ‘where are the parents in all of this?’

Clair Griffiths, a senior slime officer with Techniquest Glyndwr has called for calm in the media slime-storm.

“This has taken much of the media’s attention in the last few days but it’s vital to remember that we’ve made some amazing breakthroughs” said Griffiths.

“Hari has already made massive progress and helped cement our place further as a must see venue in not just North Wales, but the world”.

It’s also believed that the official World Records Committee revealed that four-year old Hari Williams had created the gooiest slime on record, beating that of 6 year old Sally Evans who hit headlines in 2005.

It’s as yet unclear what the next steps will be as this story develops, but it’s believed that Techniquest Glyndwr have arranged for interviews with numerous children in the coming days ahead of the biggest Slime Event in decades.

However, potential employees are encouraged to apply for the role below.

 

There will be no further comment at this time.

 

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BREAKING NEWS: Techniquest Glyndŵr shocks world by employing children as young as 4

Wrexham based Science Centre Techniquest Glyndŵr has stunned employers across the country by hiring children as young as four years of age to work in the Science Discovery Centre.

The boy, employed by the charity on a temporary basis, can now be named as Hari Williams (named locally as ‘Pudding’). He was reportedly quoted as saying ‘thank you for my gooey’ and filmed by his mother who looked on in horror as her son’s slime-infested fingers corrupted her brand new cream coloured sofa. The mother – aged 33 and residing in Holt- appears to be advocating the move by the Wrexham based science centre to employ children from such a young age, and is incredulously encouraging others to do the same.

The role of ‘Chief Slime Tester’ comes with lengthy hours of enjoyment and a mischievous demeanour. The Little-Person Specification cites the need to enjoy all things snot-related as a mandatory requirement for the position.

The charity is keen to fill numerous similar vacancies within the coming weeks, with interviews for other similar roles commencing on Saturday 13th April at Techniquest Glyndŵr. Children are reportedly able to bring their ‘big person’ along should they wish. However, this may be met with some resistance from the team at the centre on the Wrexham Glyndŵr University campus who appear to be dubbing the adults as NIMBYs, the acronym used when referring to those who like the idea of something but ‘Not In My Back Yard’. Supposedly referring to the issue of having slime in one’s house and not being able to get it out of carpets, clothes or hair for weeks, and in some extreme cases, for months to come.

We are encouraging those who are keen to defend the actions of the centre to get in touch, whilst staff at the centre are urging people to vote with their feet, or at least, initially with their fingers, by booking an ‘interview’ for their slime-loving little monster on 13th April.

In the meantime, experts are calling for calm whilst they look into the subject of under-age employment by the science centre as a matter of urgency.

You can share your thoughts on the breaking news by using the hashtag #MyTQG whilst heading over to Facebook and Twitter to voice any concerns directly.

Hopeful applicants can make enquiries and approach Techniquest Glyndŵr for the role here. 

Techniquest Glyndwr announced as partners in national programme to encourage more diversity in science

Techniquest Glyndwr are delighted to announce that they have been selected as partners for a new national programme to increase diversity and inclusion in science.

Techniquest Glyndwr are one of just 15 science centres and museums nationally who will be delivering initiatives as part of the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres and the Science Museum Group's ‘Science Capital in Practice’ programme. This programme is part of the Science Museum Group Academy, which focuses on embedding good practice informed by the latest science capital research, to enable children and adults from a more diverse range of backgrounds to participate in science-related experiences and feel that science ‘is for me’.

Research into science capital, has been led by the work of Professor Louise Archer and her team from University College London and King’s College London. Science capital is a measure of our engagement or relationship with science and is made up of what you know about science, how you think about it, what science-related activities you do and the people you know who use and talk about science.

As one of the selected centres, Techniquest Glyndwr will receive a grant, training and additional resources to facilitate them to apply the concept of ‘science capital’ to their STEM engagement activities with their local communities, families and schools.

The announcement was made on 18 March, at the Manchester launch of the Science Museum Group Academy at the Science and Industry Museum.

Karen Davies, Head of Learning Research and Resources, Science Museum Group, said: “We were hugely impressed by the quality of proposals we received and are delighted to be working alongside the 15 partner organisations to build a community of good practice across the country. This is a great opportunity to test ideas informed by the research that will have longer term benefits for the centres, and which allows those audiences they engage with to feel that science, and science centres and museums, are for them.”

 

Dr Penny Fidler, CEO of The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) said: We are delighted to be a key partner in this national programme. Championing diversity and inclusion in science is at the heart of what ASDC and the Science Centres and museums do daily. This programme will support centres to nurture the scientific talents and entrepreneurial minds across our whole population, not just those who are already interested.

This programme has been made possible through the Science Museum Group Academy’s founding partner, BP, who also funded The Enterprising Science Project which focused on much of the early academic work on science capital.

The Seagull that Went to Space

On this day in 1937 one of the most key figures in the history of space travel and the Soviet Union was born, helping to change the perception of women in science and bringing to life a national hero.

Valentina Tereshkova is a Soviet woman from a poor family who up until her early 20’s had spent her life working in a tyre factory before seven years in a spinning mill. Her parents migrated to central Russia from Belarus whilst her father was killed in the Second World War. Yet with what was a common troubled life for women in her country at the time she went on to become the first female cosmonaut in history.

Tereshkova always had an eye for the spectacular, having left school aged 16 with a minimal education she began night classes as a technician whilst working in the mill but her more daring side veered her towards what would become her more adrenaline fuelled activity, sky-diving.

Her thirst for heights intensified with every jump and as the Space Race between the Soviets and the United States grew she began to follow a new hero in Yuri Gargarin. In 1961 he became the first man in space in what was a huge triumph for the country, and now she set her sights on the ultimate trip. After over 100 sky-dives she applied for the Space Agency.

At the time the SU were looking to bring in female Cosmonauts and Tereshkova was one of four chosen for the gruelling training programme. In what was at times a hellish regime she came through successfully, the only one of the four and was now set for the Vostok 6 craft to launch her into the unknown.

With no prior piloting or university education she was sent into space solo with nothing but a small capsule and the code name ‘seagull’.

 

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She departed earth on June 16th 1963 and orbited earth 48 times in the space of 72 hours, returning on June 19th as a national hero.

A landmark occasion for women in science and a key moment in the space race, we today celebrate her 82nd birthday. Awarded the ‘Hero of the Soviet Union’ award shortly afterwards, she appeared as a national hero before moving into politics later in life.

However, she would never see out another mission opting to leave the agency shortly after the mission.

She remains one of Russia/Soviet Union’s most inspirational daughters and is a pioneer for the cosmonauts/astronauts who followed, with the next woman in space coming two decades later.

 

Celebrating the moon landing

The 50th Anniversary of the first landing of humans onto our moon is to be marked by an exciting new programme of special space related activities and shows to be developed for the general public and schools by Techniquest Glyndŵr this Spring and Summer.

Techniquest Glyndwr has just received the good news of funding success from Phase 2 of the Destination Space funding programme. The funding has been awarded to just 13 science centres across the UK by the UK Association of Science Discovery Centres (ASDC) in partnership with the UK Space Agency. Techniquest Glyndŵr is the only science centre in Wales and the North West region of England to receive an award from this new programme.

This funding will enable not only the delivery of new specially devised space related workshops and activities for schools across North Wales and North West England but also a summer of moon landing related activities during the school summer holidays.

This new 2.5 year programme, called Destination Space 2, aims to make a strategic step-change nationally in sharing cutting-edge space science and engineering with children, families and the public more widely. It builds on all the training, knowledge and enthusiasm for space science in science centres across the UK, enabling delivery of these amazing space activities into the future.

Following on from the huge success of ASDC's initial Destination Space education programme, the UK Space Agency is supporting ASDC to create new space resources that will inspire families and school-children with the exciting science and engineering of future space missions, including UK spaceports and space launchers, the new James Webb Space Telescope, the ExoMars mission and innovative ways to use data from satellites.

Dr Penny Fidler, the CEO of ASDC and Programme Director of Destination Space said

“This is such an exciting time for space in the UK. We have spaceports being built here in the next few years, we play a world-leading role in building our own satellites and brilliant new ideas to use the satellite data are being thought up all the time, and to top it off, we have the Mars mission in two years’ time.”

She continued,

“We are delighted to be sharing all these latest innovations with children, families and the public across the UK, and are rather hoping we might inspire the next round of UK space entrepreneurs.”

Catherine Mealing-Jones, Director of Growth at UK Space Agency said:

“Our £50 million spaceflight programme is a key part of the UK Government's Industrial Strategy.
The space sector is growing fast and we’ll need 30,000 more people to join it over the next decade to meet our ambitions for growth. In partnership with the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC), the UK Space Agency will bring the latest space science to children and families across the UK and help inspire the next generation of space scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs.”

Dawn Pavey, Projects Coordinator at Techniquest Glyndŵr commented

“We’re so pleased that our funding bid to the ASDC has had such a positive outcome. Having been involved in the delivery of the first round of the Destination Space Programme we have been able to witness at first hand the excitement of our school visitors and families in the fantastic achievement of Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station three years ago.

With the funding from Phase 2 of the Programme now assured we can continue to generate even more enthusiasm and interest in space exploration, especially since it is 50 years since, on July 21st 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface.

We’re now hard at work on the detailed preparations and necessary staff training to present this new programme and make it even more exciting and engaging than the previous one.”

One easy step to get free entry this St David’s Day!

Techniquest Glyndwr is offering you the chance to gain free entry to the centre this week and there’s just one thing that you need to do.

To celebrate St David’s Day this Friday the Science Discovery Centre will be allowing free entry for children wearing any form of Welsh clothing. Whether kitted out like a young Alun Wyn Jones or a fancy Welsh dress you can enjoy TQG at no charge.

An offer where even a simple daffodil or leek will do the trick, for every child showcasing their Welsh pride this half term they receive free entry per full-paying adult.

You can visit our 65+ hands-on exhibits this holiday as well as enjoy our ‘Disgusting Digestion’ show running twice a day to entertain and enthral both adults and kids!

We at Techniquest Glyndwr are looking forward to welcoming you this week and will be celebrating St David’s Day by bringing you the wonder of science the only way we know how!

There is no need to book for Techniquest Glyndwr, and our shows will be taking place at 13:00 and 15:30, come and join us!