Techniquest has a wealth of experience and expertise in science communication, and it works with partner organisations to make sure its work is accurate, relevant and current.
People's Postcode fund Wales secondary education programmes.
Techniquest, the science education charity has joined forces with the People’s Postcode Trust to deliver innovative new programmes directly to secondary schools in south Wales.
People’s Postcode Lottery provided around £5,000 for the project which targeted 1500 young people in south Wales by delivering the programmes direct to them in their communities.
The project aimed to raise the young people’s awareness of environmental issues as well as science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
The young people looked at a number of environmental challenges we face including climate change, alternative energy, impacts of global disasters and rainforest deforestation.
Cassidian, an EADS company, is a worldwide leader in global security solutions and systems. Cassidian is working in partnership with Techniquest to deliver innovative educational projects for secondary school pupils across Wales. Techniquest is designing, developing and delivering two new Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) based programmes to 11 to 19 year olds across Wales. The projects form part of the Welsh Government’s Reach the Heights project.
(Key Stage 3 workshop for 11 to 14 year olds)
Students explore a range of services and equipment that may be supplied and developed by a defence company. Breaking into groups they design and build a military communications vehicle following a set brief.
Eye in the Sky
(Key Stage 4 workshop for 14-16 year olds)
Students look at robotics and the uses of remotely and directly operated technology in disaster management, mineral extraction, monitoring of traffic and crowd control at large events. Students tackle practical problems, such as finding lost walkers or an escaped prisoner and managing an oil spill. The activities include using real thermal imaging and night vision equipment and flying a drone in the classroom.
Beacon for Wales
Techniquest is one of five partners in the Beacon for Wales, with Cardiff University, University of Glamorgan, Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales and BBC Cymru Wales. The Beacon for Wales is one of six pilot Beacons for Public Engagement funded by the Higher Education Funding Councils, Research Councils UK and the Wellcome Trust. Its aim is to help support, recognise, reward and build capacity in Welsh universities for public engagement work across Wales.
Reach the Heights
Techniquest is a joint sponsor in a £49m initiative for young people in Wales, called Reach the Heights, which is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) with match funding from the Welsh Government and associated sponsors. As part of this scheme, Techniquest plans to develop and deliver STEM programmes through seven regional Hubs in the convergence areas across Wales for 11 – 19 year olds who face, or who are at risk of, disadvantage or under-achievement, to improve their career opportunities.
Association of Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC)
Techniquest is a member of ASDC, the UK’s network of science and discovery centres which supports its members towards their common goals of engaging all in science.
Wales Gene Park
Techniquest is responsible for the education arm of the Wales Gene Park, which aims to generate an understanding of the ways in which genetics is perceived and understood by the general public. It develops and delivers education and training initiatives on genetics and associated social and ethical issues for school teachers, students and others.
The Partnership has run a number of high profile events over the years, with the University of Glamorgan and other partners, notably a Citizen’s Jury, Designer Babies: what choices should we be able to make, and The National DNA Database on Trial, both funded by the Wellcome Trust.
Techniquest and Cardiff University signed a strategic partnership in 2006. This provides a framework to further their respective goals in engaging public and school audiences in science. Techniquest and Cardiff University have worked on a number of projects as part of this strategic partnership, including the Beacon for Wales, Cardiff University’s MSc in Science, Media and Communication, a joint science tent at the National Eisteddfod and the Wales Gene Park.