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!

Grant enables local schools to design robot vehicles

Techniquest Glyndŵr is celebrating after receiving a £4,970.46 grant from the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Techniquest Glyndŵr, engages over 72,000 people each year with hands-on activities, both at its science discovery centre in Wrexham and through an extensive outreach programme across the region.

The ‘Engineering the Future’ project will develop and deliver a new driverless vehicle workshop for schools using CrumbleBots robot kits, together with help from local engineers.

The Engineering Education Grant Scheme (EEGS), which is run by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, aims to engage young people aged 5-19 in learning about engineering and to develop the professional skills of those involved in supporting Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics learning and careers awareness.

Dawn Pavey, Projects and Fundraising Coordinator at Techniquest Glyndŵr, said: “We are excited to be collaborating with engineers to create a new workshop for our primary and secondary programmes. The grant is also supporting our annual schools’ event in June celebrating International Women in Engineering Day, which many local engineers volunteer at to inspire more female students to consider careers in engineering.”

Peter Finegold, Head of Education and Skills at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: “The Engineering the Future project is a fantastic example of the kind of projects the EEGS scheme aims to promote. The UK is facing a critical engineering skills shortage and showing young people how creative and exciting engineering can be is a key way of inspiring the engineers of tomorrow.”

David Lakin, Head of Education at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, said: “In order to tackle the engineering skills gap we need more graduates and apprentices to enter the profession, and this can only happen if more school-age children – girls as well as boys – are attracted to, and choose to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects. The IET is investing considerable resource in EEGS to support vital projects like Engineering the Future, which highlight the exciting, creative and rewarding world of engineering careers to young people.”

Organisations capable of developing and delivering UK-based educational activities are eligible to apply to the EEGS scheme.

There are two levels of funding available. Awards of up to £5,000 are available for standard applications to the fund, and up-to-four awards of £15,000 are available each year.

How would you like to find yourself with a free pass to enjoy a day at Techniquest Glyndwr? What if we told you that you could do this over and over again?

We’ve teamed up with Wrexham Rewards to give you the chance to earn a free trip with the simple tap of your smartphone.

Wrexham rewards is a great app which helps you not only earn freebies and discounts but be able to find and contact local businesses in the area.

It works like any loyalty card with the added benefit of actually having the chance to complete it without it falling out of your purse or surviving any clear out of clutter from your bag.

Every time you visit the centre you just need to scan the code at the front desk and it adds to your account, once you’ve scanned seven times (that’s one per person) the next person goes free! If you come in a group of four you’ll get four scans for that visit! Measuring per person and not per trip this is a great opportunity for you to take advantage of a great reward.

Fancy starting your own? Download Wrexham Rewards and come on down!