Wrexham Science Festival 2011
The Wrexham Science Festival is now over for another year – thank you for helping to make it such a huge success!
Record numbers of visitors flocked to this year’s event, which saw more than 40 free talks, shows, demonstrations and tours take place at venues across North East Wales, while displays at the Eagles Meadow shopping centre brought science to the heart of Wrexham.
A reminder of this year’s highlights…
Blue Peter Science Expert Steve Mould kicked off the Festival with an action-packed show taking an interactive look at Polymers, while Guardian science writer Ben Goldacre discussed scientific inaccuracy, health scares, pseudoscience and quackery with BBC Radio Wales’ Science Café.
We kick-started the summer holidays with dedicated events for families, including interactive CSI workshops, the spectacular natural history musical show Amoeba to Zebra, and the ever popular Zombiologist Dr Austin with his life-saving look at how to survive a zombie outbreak.
We featured a fascinating mixture of talks from some of the country’s leading scientific thinkers, covering all sorts of topics from the search for particles at the Large Hadron Collider and an explanation of the birth, life and death of stars, to a discussion on the biology of spiritual experience and a look at why swearing helps people to cope with pain.
Glyndŵr University’s academic expertise was showcased, with lectures on the use of composites in aviation, the future of computing and intelligence, the prevalence of doping in the world of sport, and the use of simulation technology in health care education.
We celebrated the International Year of Chemistry and the International Year of Forests, with special events including a guided tour of the Glyndŵr University Northop woodlands, and a talk on Joseph Priestley, one of the discoverers of oxygen.
The Festival’s Schools Programme challenged students from across North East Wales to design, build and race their own solar car.
A Science Pub Quiz at the Bridge End Inn, Ruabon, saw a team of Glyndŵr University experts take on a team of pub regulars.