Techniquest Glyndwr shall soon be no more – here’s why!

Over the last 16 years we’ve cemented our name in Wales and the North-West as ‘Techniquest@NEWI’ and latterly ‘Techniquest Glyndwr’, but now we’re crafting our own bespoke identity and need your views.

After months of internal efforts we’ve shortlisted three names to take our brand forward to coincide with moving to our new Science Discovery Centre in the heart of Wrexham.

At the end of June we revealed that we had secured funding to finally achieve our long-held dream of re-locating to the nerve-centre of our community and now a new name and branding will compliment this.

Having used the trade name of Techniquest in Cardiff for almost two decades, we will now look establish our own brand and identity both in Wrexham, North Wales, the North West and further afield.

A major next step is consulting with the general public to receive their feedback in order to gather a favourable outcome for all.

As well as the change in name we'll also be completely changing our branding, which we hope will tie in with not just the aspect of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) but also the cultural heartbeat of the town in which we love.

To find out what the three names are and get voting simply check out the button below.

 

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.”

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!

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."

 

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.”

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.