Techniquest

First Look at our Science Capital!

Friends of Techniquest attend an exclusive first look event of our highly anticipated Science Capital

In 2020, we’re set to open our latest project, the Science Capital – which aims to drive more footfall in to the centre than ever before, hit new audiences, and get Wales invested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).

The Science Capital aims to give valuable insight into STEM; appealing to new audiences through a range of brand-new exciting exhibitions and products. The new extension will see a 70% increase of exhibition space and will offer added value to its user experiences, with its view to make science inclusive for all. The centre will be transformed and focus on five key themes – Environment, Medical Biology, Space, Chemistry and World Issues.

We revealed plans at an exclusive event earlier this week for our Friends of Techniquest – who got to the chance to have a ‘first-look’ at exhibition plans and see the area in which building work has begun.

Techniquest’s Head of Projects, James Summers spoke to guests about plans for new exhibitions at the centre and revealed;

“We have plenty of exciting and innovative content coming to Techniquest next year, and we’re really excited to reveal all to the public; especially since this was a real community effort to decide what the new Science Capital should offer. After months of research with local communities and our visitors, it was evident we needed to digitalise, so our new exhibits are just that. This gives us a new way of being ‘hands-on’ in science, and appeal to an older audience.

Our five core themes are just the start of our awesome new content and will have the opportunity to grow over the coming years. We’re really excited to showcase what we have to the world and become a leader in science education throughout Wales.”

An earthquake simulator, a virtual operating table and a hurricane tunnel are just a few of the new exhibits you can expect from the Science Capital in 2020, and they’ll be over 50 new exhibits installed ready for launch.

Today’s economic struggle means it can be especially hard for those in the third sector -and that includes us! However, thanks to the support from Wellcome and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Beis), we’ve been able to adapt and evolve to overcome these challenges, and we’re very grateful to all our supporters.

Fundraising Manager, Abe Sampson said;

“The Science Capital is one of the biggest projects Techniquest has undertaken since its opening 33 years ago. We’d really like to thank all of our sponsors and supporters who have helped make this possible, and we’re really excited to show off the new Techniquest in 2020 and be vital role in STEM awareness across Wales.”

 

Our Science Capital is coming to Cardiff in 2020 and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on.

 

Find us

  Techniquest, Stuart Street, Cardiff, CF10 5BW

Contact us

  029 2047 5475
  info@techniquest.org

Opening hours

  During local school holidays
10.00am–5.00pm Bank Holidays, seven days a week.

  School term
9.30am–4.30pm Tuesday–Friday;
10.00am–5.00pm Saturday and Sunday.

Charity & company

  Registered charity no. 517722
  Registered in Wales no. 01955696

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FAQs

  •   What is Techniquest?

    Techniquest is an educational charity, with a science centre in Cardiff Bay. Our mission is to embed science in Welsh culture through interactive engagement. We provide a range of services to schools and teachers to complement formal education provision in Wales and work extensively with public audiences.

  •   Where can I park?

    We are pleased to be able to offer all of our visitors discounted parking with Q-Park, our preferred parking partner.

    The Q-Park operates the Cardiff Bay car park in Pierhead Street which is around 8 minutes walk from Techniquest.

    We have agreed a special discount rate for our customers of 15% off all pre-bookings.
    Pre-book and guarantee your space here using the code TECHNI15.

    There are also nearby pay-and-display car parks on Stuart Street and Havannah Street. Please do not park on Havannah Street itself.

  •   Who is it for?

    Techniquest is suitable for all ages! We do have special events for certain groups, however — see Toddler Days, After Hours and Home Educator days.

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