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!

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.

Could you take advantage of this FREE event at TQG?

Techniquest Glyndwr will this month be hosting a one-time-only event at it’s centre by offering the opportunity for the visually impaired to engage with the touring ‘Tactile Collider’.

The event on Saturday February 23rd offers the chance for those with issues with sight to learn about particle physics in a highly immersive environment to explore the sights, sounds and feeling of particle accelerators and speak to real life researchers to immerse in cutting edge science.

This free event is open to the public and offers such experiences as learning all about the Higgs Boson with a four-meter scale model. Allowing the visual impaired community to access the science behind the large hadron collider and unlock the secrets of the Big Bang, all ages are welcome to come and take advantage of this opportunity with the touring ‘Tactile Collider’ making it’s way to Wrexham.

The day before will also welcome school groups to the centre located Glyndwr University’s Plas Coch campus and any groups who would be interested in the event free of charge should get in contact.

 

Katie Williams – organiser of the event at Techniquest Glyndwr – said:

This is a wonderful opportunity for the visually impaired community to engage with exciting and engaging aspects of particle physics. Techniquest Glyndwr is keen to reach out to everyone in our community and offer a vast range of opportunities.

We’re delighted that we can offer an event that not only engages with the visually impaired but also makes it free of charge to make sure we can give access to anyone who would like to participate.

This is set to be a really exciting weekend with guests arriving to give intriguing discussions and for the centre to allow our guests the opportunity to utilise our 65+ hands on exhibits in the process.

 

Are you or someone you know visually impaired and want to take advantage of the free event? You can book yourself on by clicking below!

How one simple trick can get you discounts at Techniquest Glyndwr & elsewhere in Wrexham!

Techniquest Glyndwr has this week teamed up with the guys at This Is Wrexham to further cement ourselves within the fantastic tourism scene of the county.

At the beginning of December we were paid a visit by This Is Wrexham who came to the centre to drop off some cards which offer you, our visitors, a fantastic opportunity for discounts at both Techniquest Glyndwr and elsewhere.

Once you spend £10 or more in our shop you are eligible for a free ‘This Is Wrexham’ Card that means you can redeem 10% off every visit you make to Techniquest Glyndwr, as well as offers for other attractions.

With Christmas fast approaching why not pop in to the centre to pick up some excellent deals on stocking fillers for the loved ones in your life with plenty of deals currently on offer, whilst picking up your very own card to save money throughout the year?

Katie Williams, Business Development and Stakeholder Engagement Officer at Techniquest Glyndwr has called the partnership a ‘great way of further engaging with Wrexham’s thriving tourism industry’.

“This Is Wrexham have been a key player in the recent success stories in Wrexham with their backing of huge events in the last couple of years, and we’re really pleased to be able to work with them.

“With so many people visiting the centre we hope they’ll take advantage of our fantastic offer for their next visit to Techniquest Glyndwr as well as at other destinations across the county.

“We’ve been a big part of the town’s tourism scene since opening in 2003 and hope that anyone who has already used their card elsewhere, will now think of Techniquest Glyndwr for their next family fun-filled day out”.

Joe Bickerton, Destination Manager for Wrexham County Borough Council added:

"The This Is Wrexham Tourism scheme is a private sector led partnership between 42 attractions, accommodation and event provides in Wrexham County - working together to support the Tourism Industry.

“The backbone of this is their benefits card - which offers exclusive discounts at top attractions and places to stay and eat around the County.

“It's also great to see Techniquest Glyndwr taking part in this, as the centre provides a unique day out for visitors exploring North East Wales."

Find out more about This is Wrexham's card below.

 

NOTICE: Parking for Techniquest Glyndwr Christmas Market

This weekend Wrexham will be a hive of activity with a number of major events taking place within close proximity.

As well as the Comic-Con event taking place on the Plas Coch campus of Glyndwr University and the FA Cup tie between Wrexham and Newport County at the Racecourse Ground we’ll be hosting our very own Christmas market.

With three events in such close proximity the question of parking arises and Techniquest Glyndwr is pleased to be able to offer facilities to those arriving on the campus wishing to attend our event at the centre.

There will be limited parking at the Turf Hotel on Mold Road which is free to use for those attending the Christmas market between the hours of 10:30am until 16:30. The parking at the Turf will be for Techniquest Glyndwr only and those wishing to attend Comic-Con will not be permitted, with parking available on the University car park. The Turf Hotel is a 5-10 minute walk (pictured, below) and it is recommended you walk along Crispin Lane.

The Turf parking will be stewarded and we thank those involved for allowing use of the facility.

For Disabled visitors, there will be parking facilities outside the centre on Plas Coch campus, however this is in limited supply - please enter the campus via the entrance on Crispin Lane where you will be directed.

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."

 

Work placements for young women

Techniquest Glyndŵr has teamed up with local charity “We Mind the Gap” to offer 5 work placements of 4 weeks each to young women from the Wrexham area. The overall placement programme will last until March 2019.

WeMindTheGap traineeship provides life skills, opportunities and work experience in a holistic, “walk alongside” model to young women who haven’t had the best start in life. Powered by Moneypenny, the award-winning company in Wrexham, the charity has successfully delivered 4 years of traineeships with great results.

Chair and founder Rachel Clacher says,

“It’s been a privilege to work with Techniquest Glyndŵr and other businesses across Wrexham who provide work placements to our young trainees allowing them to experience different ways of working and find where their talents lie”.

Kirsty Molyneux has just started her work placement with the science discovery centre and is already finding her feet as the newest member of the floor staff.

“I love it here”, she said, “especially since I get to meet lots of children who are visiting the centre and I help them get the most out of their visit."

She added

“I hope to work in children’s entertainment in the future so the experience I am getting here is going to be really useful. I would really like to work here once my programme with “Mind the Gap” to build on the experiences I will have during my placement here”

Kirsty explained that once she had moved into her own flat in Wrexham, her support worker introduced her to “We Mind the Gap” to help her develop her confidence and employment skills through a mixture of work placements, training workshops and study.

The charity set Kirsty up with her own personal schedule for the next six months which will amongst other experiences, involve 2.5 days per week on a variety of work placements, and half day a week at Coleg Cambria helping bring her English and Maths qualifications up to scratch.

Mandy Jones, Senior Exhibition and Events Officer at Techniquest commented

“Our first experience of offering work placements through ‘We mind the Gap’ was last year, when they approached us to provide a work placement for a trainee whose planned placement fell through at very short notice.

Our experience then was so positive, and the person who worked with us gained so much out of the experience that we felt we could offer more opportunities this year to more young women who wanted to improve their skills and chances of gaining good employment positions.

Kirsty is the first of a group of work placements we are offering to local young women right up until next March."

She continued
“Judging by the fact she has fitted in so well right at the start I am sure she will have a great time with us. She will be picking up plenty of varied experience as we deliver science related excitement to our visitors.”