Techniquest are actively working to become of, by and for our community and we want our projects to reflect these aims. Our projects work with a range of audiences and are led and created by our communities through our Participatory Action Research. Our projects can range from one day to weekly or monthly programmes, depending on the aims. Through the projects we:
As part of the Science Capital project, Techniquest is developing a community space for projects and groups led by the community. This space will encourage groups to use Techniquest in a new, creative and relevant way.
This space will be launched during the opening of Techniquest’s new expansion in spring 2020. In the meantime, we are working with a small number of groups from the local area, using current spaces to understand how we can form an area that is created of, by and for our community.
The current space is unique. We have conference style rooms and a lab where ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) and learning groups can hold up to 35 people.
Techniquest is providing the opportunity for our retro exhibits to be displayed and interacted with in your community spaces!
Apply for our annual ‘Exhibits in the Community’ scheme, where your organisation could be provided with the opportunity to have a little part of Techniquest at your venue. The chosen community venue would get to keep the exhibit for one year. This will help to create a buzz in your venue, provide your participants a connection to STEM, have an interactive display in your centre and make you unique to other venues!
If you’re unsuccessful in our annual scheme, why not enquire about additional hire opportunities for community venues?
Techniquest is active in your community and regularly attend community events with science-based activities. If your activity, festival, carnival or other type of event is running within the Cardiff area, get in contact with us.
Participatory Action Research (PAR) is based on community-led research that encourages the community to participate and engage, as a “co-researcher”. The research is made up of the participants’ society, knowledge and life experiences. The PAR sessions aim to understand the individual’s world, through collaborative activities and reflection. It aims to connect academic interests, with education and community development, highlighting and addressing questions that are significant for those who participate.
Whether you’re an organisation or individual, you can be involved in our Participatory Action Research. All sessions have different themes and needs; therefore, we can discuss with you the best activities and content for your group.
PAR topics we currently have available, include:
We regularly partner with local organisation to help build, inform and deliver our projects. Some partners, to date, have included: