Scientists in Our Community is our new photography exhibition coproduced by local communities and generously sponsored and supported by HLM Architects, Wardell Armstrong and Hydrock, who are working on Techniquest’s new extension (opening Spring 2020).
The brief for entries was simple; capture an image or portrait of someone with an interest or background in STEM. For many young people, the key to engagement in STEM is the inclusion of the Arts to create STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths).
The gallery, which lends a new look and feel to our science and discovery centre, is the first of many projects which will be of, by and for our communities. The exhibition highlights the diversity of Cardiff and breakdown the barriers of how STEM is perceived.
Through a collaboration with Sherman Theatre, this pilot project was provided to Sherman 5 Members for a unique experience, linking science with the arts. The literature-based demonstration included a show for both adults and children, as well as a creative workshop.
Techniquest frequently provides outreach demonstrations and shows to schools across Wales, but this is the first of its kind to be provided within a local organisation.
The Sherman 5 project is about making the theatre accessible and helping people to overcome any barriers that may stop them from visiting. Techniquest are also continually working to become a centre that’s inclusive and welcoming to all audiences. Through this pilot we have trialled an alternative method of reaching new audiences, whilst also providing experiences and information to visit Techniquest.
We hope to provide further pilots in the future with other local organisations.
Partner: Sherman 5
Explore Your Universe was a 6-week programme running between September and November 2019, with a focus on increasing knowledge on topics such as Space and Physics.
Techniquest facilitated the multi-generational sessions with community partners by taking out kits that were engaging and interactive, such as the star dome, binoculars and learning about the scale and size of planets.