Five totally bonkers facts about Bonfire Night!

It's that time of year again where it isn't just a chill that's in the air but a rainbow of colours burst to fill the sky whilst barbecues fire up alongside the bonfire, it can only be November 5th. 

Science is all around us and especially today, here we take a look at five totally baffling facts about Bonfire Night that will blow your mind!

 

1 – Fireworks were invented completely by accident way back in the 10thcentury! A Chinese cook accidently mixed three common cooking ingredients and set it alight causing colourful flames. Those ingredients were sulphur, charcoal and a salt substitute.

 

2- Had Guy Fawkes’ plan not been stopped and he successfully lit the 2,500kg of gunpowder beneath the houses of parliament , it would have caused damage within a radius of almost 500 metres. That’s almost the length of six football pitches!

 

3- To create all of the magnificent colours we see fill the sky each November 5theach firework needs it’s own special concoction. Each one needs a special metal element and when it burns the electrons go wild and release energy in the form of light. To make red you need Strontium and lithium, blue needs copper, yellow is created by sodium, barium makes green whilst magnesium and titanium create silver or white.

 

4- Every year we celebrate with Bonfires, something that has been done since the gunpowder plot was foiled way back in 1605. As well as fireworks we light a large bonfire which generates a lot of smoke and fire that depending on how big it is can be seen for miles! Fires are a chemical reaction that releases light and heat and requires three key ingredients – fuel, oxygen and heat to burn. The fuel we generally see on Bonfire night is wood, which is very good for the bonfire and keeps it burning.

 

5- It’s often said that sparklers are the safest firework that you can use, so much so you hold them when they go off! However, there’s a reason you need to wear gloves whenever you set one off. A sparkler burns at x15 the boiling point of water, that’s a staggering 1,500 degrees! If you had the power of three sparklers lit together that would be the equivalent of a blow torch, so be careful!

 

Fancy more explosive fun? Our ‘All Fired Up’ show begins this Saturday (November 10th) and runs all the way until December 23rd  - Click Here for more information.

How your shopping spree could boost TQG

Right, before we go on any further first of all allow us to apologise, we’re only hours into November but we’re already bringing up that word…Christmas.

However, more and more these days we’ve all got to be prepared in order to give our loved ones the festive period that they deserve and as such we’re calling on you.

Are you one of those people who’s on top of it all? Everything is done and dusted before the first door is punched through on the little ones advent calendar? Their thumb pressing through the window to mark day one of a 25 day countdown, whilst you sit back and relax in full knowledge that you’ve nothing more to purchase.

Maybe you’re just beginning now, it’s a busy time and you aren’t making the same mistake as last year battling it out for the last popular toy of the year on Christmas eve whilst the other half scrambles around for a turkey to the sound of shop doors thudding closed until Boxing Day.

No matter which one you are, you can help us to help you. As we fire up the online shopping accounts the global site Amazon will be used by a lot of us, you’ve probably made a purchase on there yourself. Well, did you know about Amazon Smile? It’s the same thing, same guys and same idea but with a really clever and generous twist.

For every purchase that you make on Amazon Smile the North Wales Science Board will receive 0.5% of the price, which may not sound like much but it all adds up and Christmas time is key. You can help us deliver educational activities to thousands of kids across the UK from our Wrexham base by selecting North Wales Science Board when you log in.

We are only able to deliver what we do through the generosity of others, as a registered charity we can’t do it all alone and thanks to people like you just simply choosing us to back we can continue to inspire young minds.

You don’t need to do anything other than visit Amazon Smile, where all your details remain the same just with the addition of choosing your charity, select us, browse as normal and that’s it, once you’ve paid we both win. Christmas sorted and Techniquest stronger at no extra cost to you.

You can visit Amazon Smile by clicking here.

This one step at TQG could help you save the planet

Techniquest Glyndwr has continued to take steps towards furthering our environmental awareness by now stocking a limited supply of Bamboo Coffee cups.

The issue of single use plastics and non recycled paper products is huge in 2018 and annually there are a staggering half a trillion disposable cups manufactured, that’s 70 cups for every one person on the planet! With these cups containing 5% polyurethane plastic recycling of these cups is incredibly rare.

The lightweight cups at TQG are made from biodegradable bamboo fibre and are the perfect tool for the office or on the go and can help you save cash in the process.

With a charge on throw-away cups in all of our café’s and away from Techniquest with small independents to national chains charging you that bit extra, this could be a great asset to re-charge your batteries on those cold winter mornings.

We’ve a whopping 12 designs available for you to choose from all of which are in limited supply. If your thing is birds, bikes, bees or butterflies your in luck! Perhaps a loyal pooch or wise owl will take your fancy, but it may be difficult to leave the various dragonflies or cats we offer on the store shelf!

Be a part of making a difference to our planet by taking action with millions across the world who are making changes to their habits and saving money in the meantime.

Cups are available at Techniquest at just £9.99 making it a great excuse to head down to see over 65 hands on exhibits in the meantime this half-term or beyond.

You can view our opening times and events here.

A Weekend Science Festival for Wrexham in October

An exciting weekend of science discovery will be taking place in Wrexham town centre at the end of October. Organised by the volunteers of the British Science Association – North Wales Branch it will be involving a unique collaboration of local organisations to provide ‘DARGANFOD//DISCOVER’ an  event which will be running from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th October.

Techniquest Glyndŵr is pleased to be one of the delivery partners for the event, along with Tŷ Pawb, Undegun, Bank Street Social and the Wrexham Enterprise Hub, presenting a packed programme of events across the five venues for people of all ages visiting the town centre.
As part of the event, Techniquest Glyndŵr will be opening up their town centre venue in Chester Street/Henblas Square between 11am and 4.30pm on both the Saturday and Sunday.

At the venue there will be a special ‘Cancerquest’ interactive exhibition over the weekend. The roadshow, developed and presented by the Wales Cancer Partnership, is designed to spread awareness in a family friendly way about cancer and the research being carried out to combat it.

 

 

Visitors will be able to walk through and examine at close quarters a giant inflatable structure showing the inside of the human bowel whilst nearby, various engaging hands-on activities will be available demonstrating the work being carried out by the Partnership to identify and treat cancer which explore the properties of DNA and cells.

 

 

 

 

 

Elsewhere in the former TJ Hughes departmental store building a variety of hands-on family friendly science exhibits will be available for visitors to try, the cardboard construction zone will give free reign for children to build all sorts of imaginative structures, diddy car races will be run for different age groups and there will be a range of small local businesses will be setting up their

 

stalls selling anything from craft items to hand made fudge.

 

 

In addition to this, on Saturday 27th October, Techniquest Glyndŵr’s TechZone team will be hard at work helping visitors to build robots and carry out computer coding as part of the DARGANFOD//DISCOVER ‘Digital Discoveries’ drop-in event at the Wrexham Enterprise Hub in Queen’s Square. This event will run from 9am-12pm, and also features virtual reality from CEMET and computer game design with Wrexham Glyndŵr University.

Techniquest Glyndŵr will also be performing our family-friendly live science show’10 of the Best’ at 2pm on Saturday in Tŷ Pawb’s performance space, featuring our most exciting and intriguing science demonstrations!

On Sunday 28th October there is a fantastic evening of astronomy planned at Tŷ Pawb from 4pm. ‘Big Universe’ will feature a fascinating talk from Martin Griffiths (Director of Brecon Observatory / ex-NASA) on the Celtic myths of the night sky, and Techniquest Glyndŵr will be delivering shows in our inflatable planetarium, as well as leading some live stargazing up on the roof of Tŷ Pawb.

Hannah Marubbi, Techniquest Glyndŵr Projects Coordinator commented:

“All of us at TQG are really excited to be involved in bringing this new science festival to Wrexham. There is a fantastic programme of events and activities planned for the weekend, with something to please everyone. A brilliant way to start the half term holiday!”

Mike Corcoran, a member of the organising team, said:

“We can’t wait to welcome visitors to DARGANFOD//DISCOVER in Wrexham. We’re all passionate about the sciences, and about the impact expanding your mind, questioning your beliefs and finding out about your world has both for people and for whole communities. We know many feel the same way, and we’re thrilled to be welcoming some fantastic speakers, presenters and performers to Wrexham, for what should be a great weekend!”

The DARGANFOD // DISCOVER weekend has kindly been sponsored by Wockhardt UK and organised by the British Science Association (North Wales Branch).

For the full programme of events and to book tickets, head to the event website www.darganfod-discover.co.uk. Any enquiries can be directed to contact@darganfod-discover.co.uk.

The full programme for the weekend is below:

DAY    VENUE EVENT TITLE  AUDIENCE START TIME END TIME PRICE
FRIDAY
26th October
Bank Street Social Physics in Biology and Science in Music Ages 18+ 19:00 21:00 FREE
SATURDAY
27th October
Wrexham Enterprise Hub Digital Discoveries All Ages 09:00 12:00 FREE
SATURDAY
27th October
TQG Town Centre Pop Up
Henblas Sq./Chester St.
Cancerquest
Plus various interactive science activities
All Ages 11:00 16:30 FREE
SATURDAY
27th October
Tŷ Pawb Create-A-Scope Family Fun 12:00 16:00 FREE
SATURDAY
27th October
Tŷ Pawb Techniquest Glyndŵr Live Science Show –
“10 of the Best”
All Ages 14:00 15:00 FREE
SATURDAY
27th October
Tŷ Pawb Big Ideas Ages 12+ 17:30 21:30 £10.00
SATURDAY
27th October
Undegun Robots All Ages 12:00 14:00 FREE
SATURDAY
27th October
Undegun Apollo 11 Ages 18+ 20:00 00:00 £3.00
SUNDAY
28th October
TQG Town Centre Pop Up
Henblas Sq./Chester St.
Cancerquest All Ages 11:00 16:30 FREE
SUNDAY
28th October
Tŷ Pawb Space Craft Family Fun 12:00 16:00 FREE
SUNDAY
28th October
Tŷ Pawb Wall-E-Screening All Ages 14:00 15:00 FREE
SUNDAY
28th October
Tŷ Pawb Big Universe All Ages 16:00 19:00 £3.00

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.”

Street Festivals with a flavour of science.

Wrexham’s streets come alive each month with the regular street festivals which are organised by the Wrexham town centre partnership on the last Saturday of each month. Techniquest Glyndŵr supports the festivals by opening up the doors to the building which they hope will eventually be their future home between Henblas Square and Chester Street, the former TJ Hughes Wrexham store.

The Family Fun Science Days happen on the following dates:

Saturday 28th July 2018
11am – 4.30pm
Wednesday August 1st 2018
Wrexham Play Day
11am – 4.30pm
Saturday 25th August 2018
11am – 4.30pm
Saturday 29th September 2018
11am – 4.30pm
Saturday 27th October 2018
11am – 4.30pm

Visitors can take part in a lively variety of science themed activities taking advantage of the generous space offered by the whole of the ground floor of the former TJ Hughes building in the town centre.

One of the more popular activities for visitors is to take part in the continuous programme of StarDome shows which are presented in a continuous programme of shows in the science centre’s very own portable planetarium which is set up for each of the days.

Staff from Techniquest Glyndŵr also provided a selection of other science activities for visitors to take part in, various science busking and circus tricks and a small selection of the 65+ science exhibits brought from the main centre on Wrexham Glyndŵr University Campus especially for the event.

 

 

“Diddy Car Races” for three age groups of children are being held throughout each of the days on a specially cordoned off course which takes advantage of the smooth surfaced walkways around the ground floor of the building – with a leaderboard showing the fastest times for the children taking part, the races provide a fun prizewinning competition for children to take part in.

 

 

 

 

Other stalls at the events included local craft orientated small businesses,  local community groups providing hands-on activities for visitors and the very popular local fudge makers,

Little Fudge Box selling their hand made high quality confectionery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cardboard construction zone is set up to make use of quantities of large cardboard boxes which had previously been used to contain goods ordered for the science centre. It attracts lots of budding young architects to design and build small person-sized dens and various other imaginative structures which can be climbed into.

 

Street Festival has a science twist!

Last Saturday Wrexham’s streets came alive again with another of the monthly street festivals organised by the town centre partnership. Supporting the event was Techniquest Glyndŵr who opened the doors again to the building which they hope will eventually be their future home between Henblas Square and Chester Street.

A steady stream of visitors came through the doors all day to take part in a lively variety of science themed activities that took advantage of the generous space offered by the whole of the ground floor of the former TJ Hughes building in the town centre.

One of the more popular activities for visitors was to take part in the continuous programme of StarDome shows presented in the science centre’s very own portable planetarium which was set up for the day. Through most of the day there was an excited queue of both young and not-so-young people to take part in a guided journey through space.

Staff from Techniquest Glyndŵr also provided a selection of other science activities for visitors to take part in, including basic computer programming, demonstrations of a humanoid robot programmed to dance ‘gangnam style’, various science busking and circus tricks and a small selection of the 65+ science exhibits brought from the main centre on Wrexham Glyndŵr University Campus especially for the event.

 

 

“Diddy Car Races” for three age groups of children were held throughout the day on a specially cordoned off course taking advantage of the smooth surfaced walkways around the ground floor of the building – with a leaderboard showing the fastest times for the children taking part, it provided a fun prizewinning competition for children to take part in.

 

 

 

Demonstrating his expert juggling skills, volunteer Robert Parkinson who works for a multinational science based

manufacturing company located in Wrexham was able to tutor many of the younger visitors in the finer points of juggling . Robert recently joined the volunteer team at the science centre and with the support of his employer, Solvay, he hopes to assist at future STEM related events that are planned from time to time taking place at the main science centre at Plas Coch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amongst the stalls and exhibits was a magnificent and very colourful menagerie of steel animals that was provided for the day by the British Iron Works based just down the road in Oswestry.

 

 

 

 

Other stalls at the event included local craft orientated small businesses, a local guiding group who provided a hands-on activity for people to make their own scented bath salts complete with young guiders on hand to assist and the very popular local fudge makers, Little Fudge Box were selling their hand made high quality confectionery.

 

 

 

 

The cardboard construction zone was set up to make use of quantities of large cardboard boxes that had previously been used to contain goods ordered for the science centre. It attracted lots of budding young architects to design and build small person-sized dens and various other imaginative structures which you could climb into.

 

 

 

 

 

One of the main purposes of opening the building for the day was to engage with the public and raise awareness of the bid for major funding that the science centre had submitted to the UK wide ‘Inspiring Science Fund’ offered by the Wellcome Foundation and the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

 

Senior Exhibition and Events Officer Mandy Jones commented :

“Opening up here today is just one of our programme of monthly pop up science eventsheld on the last Saturday of the month in the middle of town. Through these events we are hoping to engage with a much wider audience, simply because we are in the town centre rather than on the University Campus.

In our funding bid we have stated that a town centre location will significantly improve our ability to make contact with new customers and today’s activities are helping to demonstrate this and so far we have had great support from the public who have come through our doors today.

We have also presented our funding bid as an opportunity to contribute to a wider effort from a number of businesses and organisations in and around Wrexham to help re-vitalise the town centre with an increased variety in the “offer” of the town centre. It is hoped to encourage more visitors to explore what the town has to offer and helping to make the various businesses operating there have a more secure future.”

Science with a Portuguese heritage

Esta semana continuamos com nossa série contínua de eventos gratuitos de ciência em família ligados à herança portuguesa, através dos quais alcançamos nossa comunidade portuguesa local.

This week we continue with our ongoing series of free family science events linked to the Portuguese heritage through which we hope to reach out and engage with our local Portuguese community.

 

O evento desta semana, que acontecerá no centro da cidade de Wrexham no sábado, 2 de junho, das 14:00 às 16:00, será sobre Transporte e Navegação.

This week’s event, taking place in Wrexham town centre on Saturday 2nd June from 14:00 to 16:00, will be on Transportation and Navigation.

 

 

 

A Techniquest Glyndŵr estará novamente abrindo sua base temporária no centro da cidade, no prédio entre Chester Street e Henblas Square, que costumava ser a antiga loja TJ Hughes

Techniquest Glyndŵr will be again opening up its temporary town centre base in the building between Chester Street and Henblas Square that used to be the former TJ Hughes store.

 

Alinhado para este evento gratuito está o nosso sempre popular Planetário StarDome, no qual iremos explorar as constelações e estrelas que ajudaram a guiar os primeiros exploradores portugueses.

Lined up for this free event is our ever popular StarDome Planetarium in which we will be exploring the constellations and stars that helped to guide the early Portuguese explorers.

 

 

Haverá também uma série de atividades práticas para crianças que farão bússolas, sextantes de navegação e planisférios (gráficos especiais que mostram posições planetárias).

There will also be a range of hands-on activity for children which will be making compasses, navigation sextants and planispheres (special charts that show planetary positions).

Pacotes para levar para casa com informações para atividades adicionais para tentar em casa serão dados para as famílias que comparecerem ao evento.

Take-home packs with information for additional activities to try at home will be given to those families that attend the event.

Mais informações em info@tqg.org.uk ou 01978293400

Further information from info@tqg.org.uk or 01978293400