WREXHAM SCIENCE FESTIVAL

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Thursday 26th March – Saturday 4th April

Wrexham Science Festival

Gw yl ˆ Wyddoniaeth Wrecsam

Competition
Are you the next Arthur C Clarke, or even Keats?
This year in support of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, Wrexham Science Festival will be giving you the chance to show off your writing skills and imagination in our literary competition. How does it work?... we give you the title and you give us the story. It can come in the form of a poem, a short story, a comic strip or a short play (all entries should be no larger than 2 sides of A4 or 1000 words). The title is…. ‘What’s in Space, a Journey Beyond Earth?’ The entries will be grouped under the following categories, aged 6 and under, 7-11, 12-17 and 18+. There will also be a category for group entries. For the age group aged 6 and under a picture with caption can also be submitted. For more information and to find out what you could win log on to www.wrexhamsf.com or to request a competition entry pack email wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk or call 01978 293473.

Wrexham Science Festival

Gw yl ˆ Wyddoniaeth Wrecsam

Welcome to the 2009 Wrexham Science Festival
The festival will run from Thursday 26th March through to Saturday 4th April with Scientriffic taking place on Saturday 4th April. The programme of events features something for everyone, covering a vast range of science concepts and ideas through talks, films, demonstrations and exhibitions. This year you will notice that we are celebrating the Year of Astronomy with several astronomy based events and we are also launching the festival with a talk on environmentally friendly living from Philippa Forrester. In addition to this public programme, the Wrexham Science Festival will also be running events for schools. We would like to thank our sponsors who have kindly helped make these events happen. Further details on all the Wrexham Science Festival events can be found on the website www.wrexhamsf.com We hope you enjoy browsing through the programme and look forward to seeing you at the events. To reserve places/tickets for the events please see the bottom of each event listing.

Deadline for all entries 9th March 2009

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The Events
A Greener Tomorrow - The Importance of Looking After Our Environment | Thursday 26th March
Philippa Forrester Organiser: Glyndŵr University 6:30pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham

‘The International Year of Astronomy 2009’: Fostering Professional-Amateur Cooperation | Friday 27th March
Guy Hurst, The Astronomer Online Organiser: Glyndŵr University 7pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
This interesting talk will provide the audience with an introduction to Astronomy and the promotion of cooperation between amateurs and professionals in bringing the subject to world-wide attention. Throughout the talk you will learn about the practical observing projects which we can all become involved in and learn how you can start to enjoy and appreciate the riches of the night sky. Guy Hurst has been the editor of The Astronomer for over 30 years. He is also a former president of the British Astronomical Association from whom he received the ‘Walter Goodacre Medal’. In 2005 he received the international award, ‘Services to Astronomy’ from the professional group, the Royal Astronomical Society, for promotion of the subject to audiences of all ages. This event is suitable for all ages Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk, call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

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Off camera, Philippa with her husband Charlie Hamilton-James have set up the successful production company Halcyon Media, producing award winning documentaries such as “My Halcyon River” and “An Otter in the Family”, both shown on BBC2. If all of the above was not enough, Philippa is also a keen author having had a number of works published and making regular contributions to big name magazines and newspapers. Philippa will be opening the Festival, with a short talk on the Environmental and Green Issues we currently face. There will also be an opportunity to ask her questions and meet her in person. This event is suitable for all ages Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk, call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

The Science of the Singing Voice | Friday 27th March
Alan Watson, Cardiff University Organiser: Glyndŵr University 6:30pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
This event is devoted to a scientific exploration of the nature and properties of the human voice through sound recordings, video clips, animations and images. Learn how the larynx produces sound, and how it controls the pitch of the voice. See how the throat and mouth are manipulated to alter vocal register and quality. Discover how a singer’s voice can fill a concert hall without the use of a microphone, but why this may make the words harder to understand. Experience the lost sound of the castrato voice and the ethereal tones of the throat singers of the Mongolian steppes. Dr Alan Watson is a senior lecturer in anatomy and neuroscience at the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University. He has a special interest in the physiology of musicians and runs courses on this for the Department of Lifelong Learning in Cardiff and at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD). This event is suitable for adults and children aged 13+. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk, call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

Fenn’s Moss Exhibition | Daily
Organised jointly by English Nature, the Countryside Council for Wales and the Church of St. John the Baptist, Bettisfield 26th March to 4th April, 10am – 4pm Daily (11am-4pm Sunday) Church of St. John the Baptist, Bettisfield Free event, no need to book
The exhibition shows the story of the rescue of the Mosses from intensive commercial peat cutting, it’s wonderful wildlife and some of the old tools used by the hand peat cutters on the Moss. Alternatives to peat for use in gardens are also on display, along with leaflets about wildlife-friendly gardening and making your own compost, to encourage everyone to save the world’s bogs this spring. Visitors can then drive to Fenn’s Moss and follow one of two nature trails for a walk of either one or two hours in length. Sturdy shoes should be worn.

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This year the Wrexham Science Festival will be officially launched by TV celebrity, acclaimed producer and successful writer Philippa Forrester. Since leaving her children’s television days behind in the early 90s Philippa has been at the forefront of technological innovation and conservational issues. Her accolades range from hosting Tomorrow’s World to presenting documentaries for the BBC Natural History Unit.

Tracing Ancestry Using DNA. | Friday 27th March
Dr P Forster Organiser: Wrexham County Borough Council 7.00pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
DNA analysis allows researchers and scientists to trace human ancestry from the origin of our species nearly 200,000 years ago to the colonisation of each continent in turn from 60,000 years onwards. The techniques we and our colleagues in the field have developed can furthermore resolve much more recent events, such as uncovering a suspected adoption one or more generations ago in a family, or the identification and geographic origin of skeletal remains in forensic cases. This lecture will present an overview of these topics and present some case studies. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk, call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

Bomb, Book and Compass: The Chinese Invented Them First. | Friday 27th March
Dr Stan Moore, Glynd wr University ˆ Organiser: Glyndŵr University, supported by Royal Society of Chemistry, North Wales Section 7:30pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
Dr Moore will talk about the work of Cambridge-based Professor Joseph Needham who, from about 1945 and over a period of about 50 years, studied the history of science, technology and civilisation in China, leading to the production of 24 large, detailed volumes including, civil, maritime, water and mechanical engineering, agriculture, warfare, printing, mathematics, astronomy, medicine and much more. The remarkable conclusion of this study was that, contrary to popular belief, we in Europe were centuries behind the Chinese, who first discovered and invented over half the basic modern technologies on which we have come to rely. The results of his studies surprised even the Chinese who, for reasons unclear, appeared to lose this spirit of innovation from about 1500 to recent times. Happily, that enterprising spark has now returned.

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Joseph Priestley: Leading British Scientist and Thinker and His Connections with Wrexham | Friday 27th March
Professor Peter Excell, Glynd wr University ˆ Organiser: Glyndŵr University 7:30pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
Joseph Priestley is best-known as one of the discoverers of oxygen. However, that was only a relatively minor part of the rather amazing spread of work that he undertook in his very rich life. His science textbook remained a classic for over a hundred years and it included the very first statement of the law of electrostatic force, now known as Coulomb’s law, which is the foundation of much of modern electronics and communications technologies, as well as being a key building block in the understanding of matter. He undertook many experiments, particularly on sparks in gases, and this led on to an interest in the properties of gases. This interest in turn led to his discovery of carbon dioxide and then of oxygen. As well as having a temperament that tended to court controversy, Priestley also had a minor speech impediment and the result was that his career as a minister of religion was in the doldrums until he moved to Nantwich, where he soon became acquainted with the famous Wilkinson family of ironmasters from Bersham, near Wrexham. They seem to have given him encouragement, but, more importantly, he married a daughter from the family, who was his lifelong source of strength and his career ‘took off’ from this point. The lecture is fully illustrated and emphasises the excitement of the period, putting it in context with turbulent times in political events and a rapid pace of developments in science and technology. This event is suitable for adults and children aged 13+. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk, call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

This event is suitable for adults and children aged 13+. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk, call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

Wrexham Town Trails | Friday 27th March
Phil Phillips, Wrexham T own T rails Organiser: Wrexham County Borough Council 2:00pm Tourist Information Centre, Lambpit Street, Wrexham
Wrexham Town Trails is a new tourism and leisure facility that meets a growing interest in heritage and is an ideal activity for individuals, groups and all the family. The walk around the town gives the opportunity to experience the fascinating story of the people, places, buildings, work and leisure activities of the past. Taking in more than 30 sites of interest from the old cock-fighting pit to the town well and telling tales from the mad to the macabre, tour guide Phil’s love and vast knowledge of Wrexham is evident and not without humour as he points out the town’s rich past as well as notable architectural features easily missed in the daily bustle. There are so many stories and events connected with Wrexham and some very colourful characters have lived here. The tour guide is Phil Phillips who has a wealth of experience in education, marketing and the media but more importantly a love of his home town and its rich history. The trails have evolved naturally from taking friends and family around into this specialist guided tour for the public. Phil has recently published a booklet entitled ‘Old Wrexham; from earliest times to the Victorian Era’ This event is open to all ages Tickets are priced at £5, Family tickets £12. Tickets are available from Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015.

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‘Guthrie’s War’ – the Evolution of Primitive Surgery | Friday 27th March
Mick Crumplin FRCS Organiser: The Open Church Network 7:30pm All Saints Church Gresford
An illustrated insight into the life of George Guthrie, a remarkable 19th century soldier and pioneer surgeon, medical reformer and politician. Tickets are priced at £5. Tickets are available on the door

Why Do Some Streetlights Shine Yellow? | Monday 30th March
Matthew Eagles, Glynd wr University ˆ Organiser: Glyndŵr University 7:00pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
Yellow light around Wrexham has been a familiar sight for decades and yet few people know anything about the type of streetlight involved — how they work and why they are used? Why do they give out yellow light? Why do they appear red when they switch on? Your chance to find out the answers is provided in this presentation intended for those people who are interested or just curious. A demonstration will be given of working lanterns. Matthew Eagles has a long-standing interest in this particular type of streetlight and he has appeared on radio and TV in connection with the subject. With a degree in Applied Physics he is well-positioned to understand the science involved, and he also has a small personal collection of streetlights that have been taken out of public service. This event is suitable for adults and children aged 13+. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk, call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

Sperm Warfare | Friday 27th March

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Simon Watt, Ready Steady Science Organiser: Glyndŵr University 7:00pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
So you’ve found a healthy, fertile mate, you’ve fought off your rivals and you’ve convinced them that you are what they were looking for. Sorted! But the reproductive race is far from over my friend. We have entered the realms of Sperm Warfare. Come learn about the devious tricks used by cells, organs and bodies to win the race to fertilisation. Simon is an evolutionary biologist who thus far has had a very unusual career path. Though he has spent the vast majority of his working life as an educator in one form or another he has somehow bypassed becoming a teacher. Instead, he has favoured jobs which allow him to dress up and flit through the centuries with reckless abandon. To date he has professionally pretended to be a plague victim, a world war one soldier, a Viking slave trader, a medieval monk, a Tudor and a Victorian scamp. His true love however lies in science. Particularly the weird stuff. Particularly the weird stuff that we think is normal. This event is suitable for adults and children aged 18+. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk, call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

Mathematics in the Mind | Monday 30th March
Derek Smith, High T ower Consultants Ltd Organiser: Glyndŵr University 7:00pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
This fun but informative event uses ‘the biggest brain in Wales’ demonstration previously used in the 2006 National Science Week to highlight how different mental skills contribute to what are loosely described as “Numeracy Skills”. The talk and interactive workshop will allow you to explore how mathematics is taught. Since 1991, Derek has lectured at UWIC’s School of Health Sciences, where he has been responsible for the psycholinguistics and neuropsychology modules of the Speech and Language Therapy and Psychology degrees, as well as for the Informatics and Projects Management module of the MSc Interprofessional Studies. This event is suitable for all ages. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

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4000 Years in 400 Pages | Monday 30th March
Patricia Fara Organiser: Glyndŵr University 7:00pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
How do you fit 4000 years of science into 400 pages? For over twenty years, historians of science have been wondering how to tackle this ‘big picture’ problem. Now Patricia Fara has provided a solution – Science: A Four Thousand Year History (which will be published in March by Oxford University Press). In this talk, she discusses three of the big questions she had to confront while she was writing her book – When did science begin? Who did science? How does science change? Some of her answers may be unexpected. Patricia Fara has a degree in physics from Oxford, and a PhD in the History of Science from London. At Cambridge, she lectures in the History and Philosophy of Science Department, and is Senior Tutor of Clare College. Her major research specialty is eighteenth-century England, but she has published a range of academic and popular books on the history of science, including Newton: The Making of Genius; Sex, Botany and Empire; and Pandora’s Breeches: Women, Science and Power. She has a particular interest in scientific pictures, and her books and talks are always based around illustrations. Fara has appeared in several TV and radio programmes, and features regularly on Melvyn Bragg’s In Our Time. She has written many articles for journals including Nature, Science, Endeavour, Times Higher Education Supplement and History Today. This event is suitable for adults and children aged 13+. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk, call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

Animal Welfare – a cause for concern? | Monday 30th March
Tamsin Young, Glynd wr University ˆ Organiser: Glyndŵr University 2:00pm Welsh College of Horticulture
A presentation aimed at investigating animal welfare, it will question whether concern over animal welfare is necessary, and if so how can we assess welfare and recognize welfare problems. It will look into the background information relating to development of welfare problems and improve them. Examples will be drawn from farm and zoo animals, horses, dogs and cats. Tamsin Young is the Programme Leader for the Foundation Degree in Equestrian Psychology, a new degree offered since September. 2008 by Glyndŵr University. Tamsin has a BSc (Hons) in Biology and Geography and an MSc in Environmental Biology, both from the University of Chester. During these degree programmes, she undertook research which focused on animal behaviour and welfare. In 2002 she started a part time PhD, researching the welfare challenges, facing horses, how we can assess such challenges and investigating strategies for their alleviation. Tamsin gained the British Horse Society Assistant Instructors qualification in 1993 and the British Horse Society Intermediate Stable Managers award in 2002. In 1996 she took up a position at the Welsh College of Horticulture lecturing on further and higher education courses in Equine and Animal Studies and in 2002 she was appointed Curriculum Leader for Equine Studies. In 2008 she was seconded to Glyndŵr University to become Programme Leader for the Foundation Degree in Equestrian Psychology. This event is suitable for adults and children aged 13+. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk, call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

The Sun, Moon and Earth Show: an Overview of Renewable Energy | Monday 30th March
John Rodway, Centre for Research, Education and T raining in Energy (CREATE) Organiser: Glyndŵr University 7:00pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
A spaceship has just beaten off an attack by aliens. Its energy banks are dangerously low. Where is it going to get enough energy to recharge them? The answers given by science fiction writers and real scientists/engineers are often very different. This is the point of lift-off for an investigation into renewable energy. The Sun, Moon and Earth show uses models and enactments to explain where renewable energy comes from and outlines how it can be harnessed. The key benefits of this so-called “green energy” are discussed, together with its role in reducing climate change. It links science, technology and geography with social issues and responsibilities in ways that involve humour and audience participation. John Rodway uses all his experience as a teacher and science communicator and his interest in wildlife conservation and environmental interpretation to help him engage and entertain his audience about renewable energy and what it means for the future. This event is suitable for adults and children aged 8+. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

‘All of a Flutter’ - the Marvellous Moths and Butterflies of Fenn’s & Whixall Mosses | Tuesday 31st March
Joan Daniels, Natural England and Pete Boardman Organiser: Glyndŵr University 6:30pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
Can you tell a neglected rustic from a drinker, or an old lady from a maiden’s bush? This slideshow will highlight the nationally important 700 species of moths and butterflies at Fenn’s, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve near Wrexham and how they have responded to the restoration of the peat bog. Over the last 17 years, since their rescue from destruction by intensive commercial peat cutting, Natural England and the Countryside Council for Wales have been restoring mosses. Beautiful images will explore the relationship of species to habitats along the Mosses Trails where people can come and see the species for themselves. Dr Joan Daniels has been Natural England and the Countryside Council for Wales’ Site Manager for Fenn’s, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve since the site was saved from intensive commercial peat cutting. She has coordinated the mending of the mosses and organised access for people to the site. Moth expert Pete Boardman is the Field Studies Council Bio-diversity Training Project Officer, based at Preston Montford in Shropshire. Pete is involved in a five year project which is funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund aimed at increasing the amount of people making biological records in Shropshire and the wider West Midlands region. This event is suitable for all ages. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk,call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

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Home Computing in 1985 (and How it Compares with 2009) | Tuesday 31st March
Matthew Eagles, Glynd wr University ˆ Organiser: Glyndŵr University 7:00pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
Imagine you’ve gone back in time to 1985. Not too difficult, surely? Madonna and U2 in the charts ... Noel Edmonds on the TV ... not much change really. But wait - what’s happened to the home computer? Where’s the mouse/printer/ scanner/webcam? What’s happened to the Internet/e-mail? Where are my CDs/DVDs/digital camera/USB sticks? What’s this cassette recorder doing next to the computer? Join Matthew Eagles as he looks at the changes that have taken place in computer technology in a relatively short timescale. See how little the computers of the mid-1980s were capable of by today’s standards ... and how they are yet refusing to wither and die.

Rolling Stoned – A Forensic View of Drink, Drugs and Driving | Tuesday 31st March
Robert Forrest, Royal Society of Chemistry, North West T rust Organiser: Glyndŵr University 7:00pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
Professor Forrest, a past President of the Forensic Society, has been involved in the investigation of a variety of high profile cases including murders in hospitals and the deaths of public figures in road crashes, such as Diana, Princess of Wales. He will talk about the forensic science aspects of several such cases. Professor Robert Forrest is a graduate of both Edinburgh University (Pharmacology and Medicine) and Cardiff University (Cardiff Law School), followed by postgraduate training in Obstetrics, Medicine and Clinical and Analytical Chemistry in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cambridge and Reading. He has worked in Sheffield for the past 28 years and is currently Professor of Forensic Chemistry at the University of Sheffield, Professor in the Faculty of Health and Welfare at Sheffield Hallam University and assistant deputy coroner in the jurisdictions of South Yorkshire (West) and the North Riding of Yorkshire and Kingston upon Hull. His academic interests include: within medicine - the methodology of the investigation of fatal drug overdoses and breath alcohol measurement; - within law – issues relating to the medico-legal investigation of sudden unexpected death, the ownership of body fluids, scientific evidence generally, the investigation of homicide in hospitals and crimes related to witchcraft, magic and occult practices. This event is suitable for adults and children aged 13+. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk, call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

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Matthew Eagles has used computers since an early age and has a special interest in all things computing. This event is suitable for adults and children aged 13+. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

Eyes in the Skies – Monitoring Planet Earth from Space | Tuesday 31st March
Professor Graeme Wilkinson, Glynd wr University ˆ Organiser: Glyndŵr University 7:00pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham Sponsored by Allington Hughes
Satellites have been used to observe the Earth for over four decades. Over that time period the quality and quantity of images gathered from space have increased enormously. As our planet faces the increasing threat of environmental change, monitoring the Earth from space is becoming more and more important. This lecture will cover the development of satellite remote sensing technology over the last 40 years, and will explore some of the challenges in analysing pictures from satellites and extracting useful information from them using advanced computer techniques. The lecture will include numerous satellite photos of the Earth, revealing some of the most recent global environmental changes. Professor Graeme Wilkinson is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) at Glyndŵr University. He is a graduate of Imperial College London and has a doctorate in atmospheric physics from the University of Oxford. In his early career he worked as a software consultant before taking research and academic posts in several UK universities. In 1988 he joined the EU Joint Research Centre at Ispra, Italy, where he became head of a research group in the Space Applications Institute working on the development of advanced computer techniques for the analysis of satellite images for environmental and agricultural monitoring from space. He returned to the UK in 1997 to take up senior positions at UK universities before joining Glyndŵr University in February 2007. He has written numerous scientific papers and co-authored and edited several books including: Fundamentals of Information Technology, Neurocomputation in Remote Sensing Data Analysis and Machine Vision and Advanced Image Processing in Remote Sensing . He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and of the Royal Society of Arts. This event is suitable for adults and children aged 13+. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk, call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

The Big Questions- Speed Networking Event | Tuesday 31st March
Caroline Pollitt, SCIntillate Education Services (Corwen) Limited 11-18 Session and 18+ Session. Supported by The British Science Association Ages 11 to 18 - 6:00pm Ages 18+ - 7:00pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
As part of National Science and Engineering Week 2008, the BSA invited people to post their ‘big questions’ about science on a blog section of their website. These questions were answered throughout the year by many different scientists. Questions ranged in subject matter from medicines to aeroplanes and from climate change to bogies. We have selected some of the best questions and would like you to come along and discuss them in our speed networking session. It’s a fab chance to meet new people, share ideas and find out the answers to questions you always wanted to ask. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk, call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

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Candles and Lamps | Tuesday 31st March
John Rodway, Centre for Research, Education and T raining in Energy (CREAT E) Organiser: Glyndŵr University 6:30pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
John looks in his bag. Out come an alarm clock, a candle stick, a length of yellow rope, a piece of kitchen tissue, a bent piece of wire, some pegs and a white tile. He uses these and other objects to tell an enthralling story about energy and light. Candles and Lamps is aimed at primary pupils, their families and teachers. It uses demonstrations, models and enactments to explain the working of candles and lamps. The demonstration links science, technology and history, and touches on social issues and responsibilities over the way energy is used. Humour and audience participation are all part of the fun along the way. This event is suitable for adults and children aged 7+. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk, call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

Things That go Bang in the Night | Tuesday 31st March
Andy Newsam, Schools Observatory Organiser: The North Wales IOP Teacher Network 7:00pm, Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
The Universe is a dramatic, ever-changing place, but it is very difficult to study these changes. Recently, large, fullyrobotic telescopes have been built to provide the observations that will plug this gap in our knowledge. In this talk, you will be shown how the UK is leading the world in the study of the changing Universe and how it is helping us to understand objects as diverse as asteroids, exoplanets, super-massive black holes and, in particular, the unimaginably vast explosions in space known as Gamma-Ray Bursts. Dr Andy Newsam is a reader in Science Education and Director of The National Schools’ Observatory at The Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University. He is delivering this year’s Institute of Physics Schools’ Lecture.

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Hunting for Asteroids Workshop | Tuesday 31st March
Andy Newsam, Schools Observatory Organiser: The North Wales IOP Teacher Network 4:30pm, Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
A practical workshop aimed at anyone with an interest in astronomy and the universe. Now is your chance to learn how to find asteroids and perhaps even discover one for yourself. Created and run by the National Schools’ Observatory, this workshop will use observations specially taken by the multi-million pound Liverpool Telescope, the world’s largest fully-robotic telescope. Although sited thousands of miles away on a mountaintop in the Canary Islands, the Internet allows us to use the telescope remotely to explore the Universe in exciting new ways. The workshop will be particularly useful for pupils studying GCSE science and physics and teachers, but everyone is welcome to join in. Teachers will also find out how to register to use this free resource in the classroom. Dr Andy Newsam is a reader in Science Education and Director of The National Schools’ Observatory at The Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University. He is delivering this year’s Institute of Physics Schools’ Lecture. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk, call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

Wrexham Town Trails | Tuesday 31st March
Phil Phillips, Wrexham T own T rails Organiser: Wrexham County Borough Council 2:00pm Tourist Information Centre, Lambpit Street, Wrexham
See page 6 for details. This event is open to all ages Tickets are priced at £5, Family tickets £12. Tickets are available from Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015.

Wonders of Yew | Wednesday 1st April
Fred Hageneder, author and co-founder of Friends of the T rees Organiser: Wrexham County Borough Council 7.30pm, St. Mary’s Church Hall, Chirk
This presentation is the first in a series of events which is being organised by the Sacred Space project, which aims to encourage local communities to explore the historic and environmental potential of their local churchyards in the rural area of Wrexham County Borough Council. This project has received funding through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007 – 2013, which is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and European Union. The yew is one of the most versatile life forms on earth – botanically rich and intriguing. This is a slide talk presenting highlights from Yew – A History, the first book to cover all aspects of the botany as well as the cultural history and mythology of the Yew. This presentation is dedicated to the remarkable story of the oldest living things in Europe and their endangered future. Eighty to eighty five per cent of yew trees are grown in British churchyards, where the Church is the guardian and custodian of this ancient heritage; a significant number of churchyards in the Wrexham area contain yew trees, including Chirk. Free event, to reserve a place call 01978 298386 or email heather.williams@wrexham.gov.uk

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Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk, call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

The Life of Iron | Wednesday 1st April
Peter Heard, Glynd wr University ˆ Organiser: Glyndŵr University 7:00pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
When we think of the chemistry of living systems, we think mainly of the chemistry of carbon: we even call the chemistry of carbon organic chemistry! But many other elements have a vital role to play in life. The average adult, for example, has over 4 grams of iron in their body. Iron has many important functions, such as the transport and storage of oxygen. In this talk Glyndŵr University science lecturer, Peter Heard will explore the biochemistry of iron and find answers to such curious questions as: if we contain all this iron, how come we don’t rust? No previous knowledge of chemistry required! This event is suitable for adults and children aged 13+. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk, call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

Mining and Quarrying in the Wrexham Area | Wednesday 1st April
David Gwyn, Govannon Consultancy Organiser: Wrexham County Borough Council 7:00pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
This talk will examine the contribution made to the Wrexham area by its long history of mining for coal, clay and iron ore, and quarrying for slate and limestone in the locality. Dr David Gwyn, a regular contributor to Science Festival and has a wealth of knowledge relating to Wrexham’s industrial heritage. This year’s talk will examine the contribution made to the Wrexham area by its long history of mining for coal, clay and iron ore, as well as quarrying for slate and limestone throughout the locality. This event is open to all ages Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk, call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

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Recycle Catering Food Waste into Compost | Wednesday 1st April
Paul T ittle, IMC Factory 11.00am – 1.30pm (includes time for discussion over buffet lunch) IMC Factory, Wrexham Industrial Estate Organiser: Wrexham County Borough Council
Presentation of IMC’s award-winning and pioneering solution to the disposal of food waste and its diversion from landfill. Find out how IMC’s food waste macerating and dewatering equipment, as a pre-treatment to in-vessel composting, can recycle all food waste, including meat, into high quality compost. Take a guided tour of the factory and see IMC’s catering and bar equipment being built. Paul Tittle has been Product Manager at IMC for almost 3 years following over 20 years of marketing experience in consumer electronics and the automotive industry including Mitsubishi Electric Europe, Audi UK and TAG Mclaren. This event is for organisations interested in the commercial applications of the equipment. Members of the public may book a place for the 2nd April. Free event: call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 to reserve your place.

Retailing the Catastrophe – Video Games and The End of Civilisation | Wednesday 1st April
Stephen Kenyon, Glynd wr University ˆ Organiser: Glyndŵr University 6:30pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
It can be argued that disaster has never been more popular, certainly not least for the games industry, which is seeing a huge global increase in sales. With titles such as Halo 3, Fallout 3, and Gears of War 2 all focused upon mass destruction in various ways, and also being incredibly successful, eclipsing or rivaling many Hollywood blockbusters. This talk by Glyndŵr University Media and English lecturer, Stephen Kenyon will examine the methods used to popularise these narratives of digital doom, the role of the player within these environments, and the possible meanings present in modern game texts, or in the words of Danny Kaye and the Andrews Sisters; “…He tells the native population that civilisation is fine….” Well, we’ll have to see about that. This event is suitable for all ages. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk, call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

How to Organise a Science Week in Your School | Wednesday 1st April
Caroline Pollitt, SCIntillate Education Services (Corwen) Limited Supported by The Association for Science Education 4:30pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
This session will help you organise a successful science week in your school. We will look at themes, how to link with other subject areas (and get everybody on board), contacts, resources and funding. This event is open to all teachers. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

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Mars Fact or Fiction | Wednesday 1st April
Andrew Lound Organiser: Glyndŵr University 6:30pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
Mars has enthralled mankind for centuries. Scientists and the person in the street have imagined Mars as a world populated by beings. Since the so-called ‘canals’ were observed in 1877, Mars has been the number one planet on the minds of the public. Since that time numerous myths have developed which have fogged the true image of the planet. Andrew Lound tries to separate the fact from fiction in this dramatic lecture illustrated by stunning images, supplemented by music and several props. Andrew is a man of many interests who specialises in space science and astronomy from both a current and historical perspective. He has been presenting public lectures and staging exhibitions for over 30 years and has participated in over 2000 events. In 2005 he became the first western science speaker to tour Libya following the removal of sanctions. Due to the success of this work Andrew was asked to return to Libya in 2006 and project managed a science team and public awareness team to observe the total eclipse of the Sun, promote safe observation and stage a lecture tour. Andrew is the UK Regional Coordinator for The Planetary Society, which is the world’s largest space group. He can be heard regularly on BBC Radio WM where he is known as “The Urban Spaceman” this monthly 1 hour radio slot has been a feature on BBC radio in the midlands for 15 years. This event is suitable for all ages. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk, call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

Blood: Life’s Most Wondrous Transportation System - a Sanguine Journey Examining the Complexities of this Magical, Crimson Fluid in all its Florid Glory | Thursday 2nd April
Dr Chandra Senan, Glynd wr University ˆ Organiser: Glyndŵr University 7:00pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
Blood is the vital animating fluid that courses through our bodies, sustaining us by performing a plethora of roles. A functionally similar fluid exists in invertebrates while the sap of plants carries out similar duties. The various functions of blood, its constituents, physiological role and colour are all explored in this talk. Pathological blood disorders are alluded to, as are the uses of blood products and the old practice of bloodletting. Also discussed are the myths and beliefs together with the religious and linguistic connotations around blood. Dr Chandra Senan is a member of the Centre for Water Soluble Polymers Research Group at Glyndŵr University.

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Paranormal Cheshire And Sleep Disorders | Thursday 2nd April
Dave Sadler, The Unknown Phenomena Investigation Association Organiser: Glyndŵr University 7:00pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
The Unknown Phenomena Investigation Association, one of the areas longest running organisations of its type, discuss Cheshire, its paranormal history, and findings regarding sleep disorders in relation to the paranormal. A thorough and intriguing lecture offering scientific evidence that all that glitters is not gold, And that the paranormal in the media is not as correct as in reality.... Dave Sadler has been involved in the studies and research of Paranormal, UFOlogical and Cryptozoological subjects for over ten years, Forming the UPIA to rationally and scientifically, look at the abundance of pseudo science reports eminatting from the UK. This event is suitable for all ages. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

Astronomy’s Problem with Light Pollution | Thursday 2nd April
Gerard Gilligan, British Astronomical Association (BAA) Organiser: Glyndŵr University 7:00pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
Gerard Gilligan has been looking at the night sky since the age of eight. He became interested in astronomy through the Apollo missions to the Moon, and the Apollo 11 Moon landing 40 years ago. As the local officer for Merseyside for the BAA Campaign for Dark Skies, he is very active in trying to prevent and control the problem of man-made lighting spill into the night sky, which stops us seeing the universe in all its full glory. In this talk Gerard will talk about the importance of the work of the BAA as well as some of his exciting discovers he has made over the years. This event is suitable for all ages. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

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This event is suitable for adults and children aged 13+. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

Recycle Catering Food Waste into Compost | Thursday 2nd April
Paul T ittle, IMC Factory Organiser: Wrexham County Borough Council 11.00am at IMC Factory, Wrexham Industrial Estate
Presentation of IMC’s award-winning and pioneering solution to the disposal of food waste and its diversion from landfill. Find out how IMC’s food waste macerating and dewatering equipment, as a pre-treatment to in-vessel composting, can recycle all food waste, including meat, into high quality compost. Take a guided tour of the factory and see IMC’s catering and bar equipment being built. Paul Tittle has been Product Manager at IMC for almost 3 years following over 20 years of marketing experience in consumer electronics and the automotive industry including Mitsubishi Electric Europe, Audi UK and TAG Mclaren. This event is aimed at adults only. Free event, call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 to reserve your space

Colour Holography: The Ultimate Imaging Technique | Thursday 2nd April
Professor Hans I. Bjelkhagen, Centre for Modern Optics Glynd wr University ˆ Organiser: Glyndŵr University 7:00pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
Colour holography is the most accurate imaging technology known to science. It is now possible to produce 3D holographic images for display that are almost indistinguishable from the original object or scene. In this presentation an overview of the colour holographic recording techniques will be provided. The current status of colour holography based on Denisyuk’s single-beam technique is presented including the rendition of colour in a hologram along with reviewing the recording materials for such holograms. The number of applications of this 3D display technique have increased and it is now possible to record artefacts in full color for museums and for other display purposes, e.g. advertising, art and documentation. The major advantages of holographic reproduction are discussed together with its limitations. Samples of recently recorded colour holograms will be on display during the presentation. You will not fail to be wowed! Hans I. Bjelkhagen, professor of Interferential Imaging Sciences at Glyndŵr University, received his PhD degree in 1978 from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He has worked in many fields of holography. He is the author of Silver-Halide Recording Materials for Holography and has published over 100 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. In 2001 he was awarded the RPS Saxby Medal for his work in holography. This event is suitable for adults and children aged 13+. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk, call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

You Can Achieve Anything – With a Laser | Thursday 2nd April
Ray Davies, Photonics Academy OpTIC Technium Organiser: Glyndŵr University 7:00pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
There are many ingenious uses of laser beams; the only limiting factor in the creation of any new applications is the imagination. This talk, illustrated with working laser projects will introduce the concepts of laser photonics, as well as indicating just how lasers can be used in some amazing ways, all of which are really helpful to mankind. This lecture will highlight, and demonstrate, some of the 200-plus new low power laser applications that the Photonics Academy at OpTIC Technium has designed and constructed during the last 14 years. These student-created new inventions range from the use of lasers in helping blind people to sending audio information over a distance and controlling a robotic hand to the sensing of micron vibrations to earthquake sensors and the development of a five laser beam combination lock. Ray Davies has spent most of his life seeking to enthuse students towards physics. In 2006, Ray Davies joined the St Asaph Photonics Company of OpTIC Technium, and the unique Photonics Academy at OpTIC came into existance. The opportunity to become involved with laser photonics really has proved itself to be the key factor in enthusing a vast number of students towards career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and medicine, as laser photonics is central to so many new developments in our every-day lives. This event is suitable for adults and children aged 13+. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

Measuring Sea Levels in the Southern Oceans | Thursday 2nd April
Geoff Hargreaves, Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory Organiser: Glyndŵr University 7:00pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
The Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory has been measuring sea levels in the Southern Oceans for over twenty years. This presentation will focus on the methods used and the challenges involved in obtaining these measurements in extreme environments. Chris Hughes started research as a student at Oxford University. Since joining Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory he has developed interests in what we can learn about the ocean by accurate measurement of sea level, gravity, and ocean bottom pressure. He leads a ‘RAPID’ climate change project studying what we can learn from bottom pressure measurements of the ocean that bring warm Atlantic water past the UK. This event is suitable for all ages. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

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Making Science Fun | Friday 3rd April
Valerie Wood-Gaiger MBE, Grandma’s Stories Ltd Organiser: Glyndŵr University 7:00pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
In this talk Valerie Wood-Gaiger MBE will talk about her books and how she became a writer. She will explain why she was given an award for Innovation in Education and how we can bring the lessons we learnt from our grandparents up-to-date to instill a love of learning and make learning fun. Valerie was mainly home educated until the age of 10 as she was dyslexic, but she still left school at 15 as the top student in the school. After being made redundant, she decided on a new career – writing fun educational books for adults to read with children. After receiving votes from eastern Ukraine and California through to Latvia and Australia she was voted a Sky W-Icon and now introduces learning guides on www.Sky.com/w-icon

The Science of Sound | Friday 3rd April
Will Embliss, Up-Beat Organiser: Glyndŵr University 7:00pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
Using Will Embliss’ unique insight as a musical instrument maker we investigate all aspects of sound. To do this we will use all sorts of unusual instruments: broomsticks; a conch shell; bubble wrap; a sandwich box; a slaterphone; an egg timer; a batonka; penny whistles; straws; guitar strings; a slinky; a trumpet; a trombone; plastic tubing; a marimba; plastic bottles; a metallophone; a tuning fork; a djembe; and a helium balloon. Come and take part in the interactive workshop and make some noise! This event is suitable for children aged up to the age of 12. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

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Science and Government | Friday 3rd April
Brian Iddon, MP Organiser: Glyndŵr University 6:00pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
While science and scientists have a crucial role to play in influencing governments, governments also have key role in shaping and directing the future direction of scientific research. Member of Parliament for Bolton South East, Dr Brian Iddon was a Founder Member of The Environmental Audit Select Committee, served as a Member of The Science and Technology Select Committee, and is now a Member of the Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Select Committee. Brian’s lecture will reveal how science is both shaped by and shapes government thinking a policy. Brian was elected to Parliament in 1997 for the Bolton South East Parliamentary seat, which he has held ever since. Brian’s interests in Parliament cover a wide variety of topics in the Education, Health and Social Services, Housing, Home Affairs and Science and Technology policy areas. He has grasped some difficult and controversial subjects, such as the policy on illicit drugs, euthanasia, legislation surrounding health products, the Middle East Peace Process and the politics of Kashmir. Some of his roles for the government include being Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Drugs Misuse Group, Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Chemical Industry, Secretary to the Markets Industry Group, Vice-Chairman to the Hepatology Group, Treasurer to the Warm Homes Group, and a VicePresident of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee. He chairs the editorial/management board which publishes the quarterly Journal ‘Science in Parliament’. This event is suitable for adults and children aged 18+. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk, call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

So You Think You Can Design a Jet Engine? | Friday 3rd April
Kevin Tan, University of Manchester Organiser: Glyndŵr University 6:30pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
The jet engine of the future could be designed and created at this year’s Wrexham Science Festival. Our exhibition will showcase how a jet engine works by allowing the audience to take a virtual 3D journey through its critical components. You will be able to see for yourself how innovative research combine modern materials with novel manufacturing techniques and rigorous testing procedures. Our tools allow you the opportunity to design your own environmentally friendly jet engine and also the chance to experience different types of materials with our innovative Augmented Reality tools. This event is suitable for adults and children aged 11+. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

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This event is suitable for adults and children aged 5+. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk, call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

The Magic of Science | Friday 3rd April
T ony Griffith Organiser: Glyndŵr University 6:30pm Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
The Magic of Science is a show that demonstrates to children and their families simple, practical ideas in science that they can try themselves. The show is a learning experience, designed to encourage the development of a variety of skills. You will leave this show ready to start trying your own experiments at home, and with the knowledge that science can be fun. Tony Griffith has had considerable experience in education. He is author of SCIENCE FUN, one of the books in the popular Bright Ideas series. Although no magic is performed in the science show, Tony uses his experience in the entertainment world, coupled with that in the teaching profession to prove an entertaining and educational presentation. This event is suitable for adults and children aged 7+. Free event, to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, e-mail wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 or book online at www.wrexhamsf.com

Scientriffic | Saturday 4th April

SCIENTRIFFIC
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Organiser: Glyndŵr University Open from 10am – 4pm, Glyndŵr University Plas Coch Site
A day of fun, creativity and science ideas for all the family with a wide range of scientific shows and interactive exhibits! • • • • • • • • Learn how to make your own torch Discover all about Climate Change Help design a jet engine See if you can build the strongest tower. Find out how game consoles actually work Learn about wildlife including birds, life on the seashore Help solve the case with forensic science team Find out how you can help the birds in your garden • • • • • • • • • • Discover all about polar bears Make you own recycled paper Find out how chocolate is made Make an instrument Find out what wildlife is on your doorstop Learn how you can make your home greener Find out about the human body Join in experiments Explore fossils Have a close encounter with a spider or scorpion

Strictly come Lekking! A Talk on the Charismatic Black Grouse and How You Can Find Them | Saturday 4th April
Chris Jones, RSPB Cymru Organiser : Glyndŵr University 3:30pm, Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham
Enjoy a fun and interesting talk about the charismatic black grouse! For the last three years Chris has been an RSPB volunteer helping with guided walks to see the Black Grouse lek from the RSPB hide in Coed Llandegla Forest. Learn about the ecology and history of these birds in Wales and why RSPB Cymru is battling to halt their decline. Some footage of their mating ritual - known as lekking - will be played to put you in the mood to join us on a guided walk to see them for yourselves. Free event: to reserve a place call Glyndŵr University on 01978 293473, email wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk, or call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015

Exciting Shows
See page 25 for details.

All shows and exhibitions included in the price including admission to Techniquest Glyndwr! ˆ
Tickets are priced at adults £6, children £4, family tickets £15 and £3 per person for organised groups of 10+. Tickets available from Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015.and Techniquest Glyndŵr on 01978 293400 or alternatively can be purchased on the day.

Solar Technology – Factory Tour | Tuesday 7 April and Wednesday 8 April
Sharp Manufacturing Company of UK Organiser: Wrexham County Borough Council 10.00am, Sharp Manufacturing Company of UK, Sharp House, Miners Road, Llay, Wrexham, Clwyd, LL12 0PG
Sharp Manufacturing Company of UK, based in Llay, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of Photo Voltaic Solar panels. During Wrexham Science Festival, the company is offering you a chance to learn more about this exciting technology and invites you to a short talk, followed by a tour of the factory. You may also visit the factory shop, where a range of Sharp’s products will be on sale. Free event, call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on 01978 292015 to reserve your space

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The Magic of Science
Tony Griffith 12:30pm The Magic of Science is a show that demonstrates to children and their families simple, practical ideas in science that they can try themselves. The show is a learning experience, designed to encourage the development of a variety of skills. You will leave this show ready to start trying your own experiments at home, and with the knowledge that science can be fun.

Primary School Programme | Throughout March
All the primary school presentations can be held in your school. There is no charge for the first presentation chosen or the first two if they are part of pair or team. Further presentations will be charged at the subsidised rate of £60 per half day. The free presentations apply only to schools in Careers Wales North East’s area Wrexham county, Flintshire and most of Denbighshire south of Denbigh. For further information e-mail the organiser: Steve Conway at grace@csteve.fsbusiness.co.uk Earthworks Presenter Michelle Brown Earthworks (excavating, moving and reshaping loose surface materials, as in sand, gravel, clay, subsoil and crushed rock) carried out at old industrial sites have particular hazards with contaminated materials and a maze of hidden services threaded through the site. The Earthworks game explores the subsurface mapping and the hazards of such a site through movement of coins on a fictitious landscape, each coin representing a parcel of earth. It is a fun, competitive, learning activity played in pairs that improves the skills of mapping, logical thought, reading comprehension and basic arithmetic. Year 5/6 preferred. Produced for and sponsored by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Pile-driver Presenter Steve Conway Piles are long columns, made of various materials, mainly used to support structures on soft ground. Not all piles are driven into the ground but where they are a noisy machine known as a pile-driver hammers the pile into the ground. Pile-driver examines materials and forces associated with this technique and encourages children to think about forces through experiments on materials. This is a maths and technology orientated workshop. Year 6 preferred. Produced for and sponsored by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) T owers Presenter Daniela Szczygiel Civil engineers help build the tallest structures on the planet, from the world record TV towers to the tallest inhabited buildings as in the UAEs, The Burj. Towers is a mainly practical activity of building towers from various materials starting small but rising to large 6m towers, ceilings permitting. Working with shapes, simple counting and teamwork make this a fun workshop. Years 3/4 preferred. Sponsored by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

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Shows at Scientriffic

Events for Schools

Maximum Storage Presenter Christine Conway Why are grain silos and oil storage tanks cylinders? Are they the best shape to store materials? Why are most houses rectangular but lighthouses are tapered cylinders? Civil engineers design and build the larger structures while routinely solving these problems. These questions of shape, area, volume and forces are explored in a maths and technology based workshop. Suitable for year 5/6 only. Sponsored by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Team Construction Presenter Daniela Szczygiel A construction event that encourages teamwork and competition. If only a classroom space is available, teams make bridges, and small towers. If a hall is available, teams compete in a moving tower basketball challenge. It encourages thoughtful innovation, practicality, inclusiveness within teams and a competitive spirit between teams. The level of difficulty will be varied to suit the age range. Suitable for years 3-6. Sand Science Presenter Christine Conway Where does sand come from? Sand Science explains the origins of sand and investigates the role of wind and water in the patterning of sand. Stories of strange sand phenomena and demonstrations of sand patterning lead on to the links with modern industry and its handling of powdered materials with similar properties to sand. In the second half a series of, hands-on, investigations bring the movement of sand and powders to life. Years 5/6 preferred. Sponsored by Wockhardt UK Holdings Ltd Flight Presenter James Dutton Animals have been flying for over a million times longer than humans. Their flying abilities are very advanced, even compared with our latest aircraft. Flight begins with a comparison of animal flight, past and present. It moves on to modern aircraft where the children assimilate ideas to help them in their hands-on sessions. Beginning with building paper planes to be flown from an automated launcher to launching their own rockets, the emphasis of the hands-on is on scientific investigation in the spirit of the Wright Brothers. Suitable for years 3-6. Sponsored by Airbus UK Road Router Presenter Michelle Brown (Welsh speaker) Road Router is a numerical and logic challenge in a civil engineering framework to route a road across a fictitious landscape. It involves planning, ahead, buying, measuring and bridge building to enable the team’s road to progress across the landscape. Ideal teams are 5 children. Each team must have a practical bridge builder as well as at least 2 who can measure confidently in millimetres and be able to handle simple arithmetic. Years 5/6 preferred. Sponsored and commissioned by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Moving Monsters Presenter Lowri Williams (Welsh Speaker) The presentation begins with a short primer on how to create machines. Children then use these basic ideas and their own imagination to create new designs out of a range of materials. In the second half they put together basic air powered machines to compete in machine races. Suitable for year 3/4 only.

Dyes Presenter Margaret Frith Dyes tracks the history and technology, from the subtle, some say drab, colours of natural dyes; to explosion of bright colours that began in Victorian times. Dyes were the basis of some of the largest chemical companies of today and as they have diversified, so dyes follow the changing uses of these colourful chemicals. The hands-on session combines simple dye chemistry with investigative science. Years 5/6 preferred. Sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry North West Trust. Flowers Presenter Hanna Parry (Welsh Speaker) This presentation explores the role of flowers in the ecosystem, from the beautiful flowers that attract insects to the plain but no less interesting flowers pollinated by the wind. A fun hands-on session making anatomically correct flowers and working with scent and colour which deepens children’s understanding of the allure for the insect and the benefit for the plant. Suitable for years 3-6. Science of Photography Presenter James Duckett Photography using plates or paper has a history of over 160 years, yet the change in recent years has been dramatic as digital media replaces the traditional methods. Following traditional methods pupils are able to make simple contact prints of objects and gain an understanding of the changes in photography over the years. Suitable for years 3-6. Pills and Potions Presenter Steve Conway A look at the rise of the modern pharmaceutical industry from the early beginnings in rural areas using natural plant remedies to the modern synthetic chemist targeting particular diseases. Besides the history and technology, the session also includes the safety and protection of children with regard to household pharmaceuticals. The presentation involves practical work that is only suitable for years 5/6. Sponsored by Wockhardt UK Holdings Ltd. Hot Earth, Nice Cakes Presenter Steve Conway Carbon dioxide gas has many roles some critical, others convenient. This mainly practical presentation explores the role of this important gas in life, global warming, cooking and confectionery. Suitable for years 5/6 only. Sponsored by The Royal Society of Chemistry North West Trust. Civil Engineers Civil engineers design and create the largest structures on Earth. In the UK they are responsible for the construction and maintenance of our roads, bridges, major buildings, airports, harbours, reservoirs, sewers, tunnels and much of the energy infrastructure. These half-day sessions bring together local civil engineers to give presentations on civil engineering and are linked by practical activities for years 5/6. Produced for and sponsored by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

The Bubble Show
Steve Allman 12:30pm and 3.30pm The Bubble Show returns to Wrexham with bigger bubble tricks and bubble sculptures, amazing bubble science and all the old favourites including the smoke filled and cubic bubbles.

From Stew to P**
David Wharton 2:30pm We all know beefburgers turn into muscle, and sugar gives us energy – but how does it happen? And how did we find out about our insides? This show looks at some of the yucky, disgusting, slimy things our bodies do to food and how it all turns to poo. And even at how we used poo in the past! It’s all alimentary!

Amazing Eggsperiments
Techniquest Glyndŵr 1pm & 3pm Which animal lays an egg one fifth of its own body weight? How can you throw an egg without breaking it? Audiences of ‘Amazing Eggsperiments’ can learn the answers to these eggstremely important questions at the egg-citing live show taking place in Techniquest Glyndŵr’s sciencetheatre.

Events for Schools - 26

Secondary School Programme | 9 March - 4 April 2009
Jim Ballentine – Science and Energy Lecture Free event aimed at Year 10/11 11 March morning session and afternoon session at Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site. 10am -1pm Devised in 1990, this lecture series, has been performed over 600 times to a total of 60,000 pupils. During the lecture, pupils are encouraged to participate in a variety of experiments which focus on energy and energy transfer. This lecture covers key principles of the GCSE syllabus. To book call Techniquest Glyndŵr on 01978 293400 FROM STEW TO POO Free event aimed at key stage 3 - Years 7 and 8 3 April afternoon session at Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Site A unique look at how food is digested and the path it takes through the body. Aimed at lower KS3, this show will leave you with a queasy feeling that you won’t forget. To book call Techniquest Glyndŵr on 01978 293400 CELLDOME 9 March - 4 April Aimed at key stage 3 Half day (3 sessions): £150 +VAT Full day (6 sessions): £210 + VAT This event is available to be delivered at your school Immerse your pupils in an inflatable dome experience. This interactive show gives pupils a micro view on a macro scale. Animal and plant cells and their organelles are presented, including an introduction to some specialised cells, their functions and interrelations. Each session can accommodate 30 pupils. To book call Techniquest Glyndŵr on 01978 293400 STARDOME 9 March - 4 April Aimed at key stage 3 and 4 Half day (3 sessions): £150 +VAT Full day (6 sessions): £210 + VAT This event is available to be delivered at your school How did the universe begin and where is it going? How old is it? How are stars formed? Launch your class into space with this inflatable planetarium show to find the answers. Pupils also learn how humans and artificial satellites leave the Earth’s atmosphere and go into orbit, and what life is like in weightless conditions. Each session can accommodate 30 pupils. To book call Techniquest Glyndŵr on 01978 293400 ATOMIC! 9 March - 4 April Aimed at key stage 4 Half day (3 sessions): £150 +VAT Full day (6 sessions): £210 + VAT This event is available to be delivered at your school Take a journey to the centre of the atom in this fully

immersive inflatable dome show. Look at how scientists use existing theories and models to expand their understanding of how the world works and find out how the smallest particles of matter can help us to understand the largest parts of the universe. To book call Techniquest Glyndŵr on 01978 293400 DISCUSS: DNA 9 March - 4 April Aimed at AS/A Level students £50 + VAT per session, up to 4 sessions per day This event is available to be delivered at your school/ college. A presenter-led game for up to 30 pupils which encourages them to debate the social and ethical issues surrounding the National DNA Database. Topics include DNA profiling, forensic science, gene ownership and developments in genetic technology and their impact on society. To book call Techniquest Glyndŵr on 01978 293400 MATHS KIT 9 March - 4 April Aimed at key stage 3 £75 + VAT – special offer for Science Festival This event is available to be delivered at your school Set up a hands-on mini exhibition in your own school with this suite of maths puzzles and games. These easy-to-use exhibits are specially designed to motivate and interest pupils of all abilities. The Kit covers many important areas of the curriculum and encourages pupils to explore, discover and test. The Kit is accompanied by comprehensive pre and post activity materials and teacher support notes which guide you through a host of learning initiatives. The Maths Kit also provides an ideal activity for feeder school events. To book call Techniquest Glyndŵr on 01978 293400 FORCES KIT 9 March - 4 April Aimed at key stage 3 £75 + VAT – special offer for Science Festival This event is available to be delivered at your school Set up a hands-on mini exhibition in your own school with this suite of forces activities. These easy-to-use exhibits are specially designed to motivate and interest pupils of all abilities. The Kit covers many important areas of the Curriculum and encourages pupils to explore, discover and test. The Kit is accompanied by comprehensive pre and post activity materials and teacher support notes which guide you through a host of learning initiatives. The Forces Kit also provides an ideal activity for feeder school events. To book call Techniquest Glyndŵr on 01978 293400 More details of the activities being run for schools are available at www.wrexhamsf.com

WREXHAM SCIENCE FESTIVAL

There are two themes running through the Festival as well as a range of general science topics See events highlighted in green for astronomy events See events highlighted in blue for events relating to Wrexham A55 Northop Wrexham M6 Chester

Thursday 26th March – Saturday 4th April

Birmingham

Events for Schools - 27

At a Glance Guide
www.wrexhamsf.com

Sponsors

Participating Organisations
Cardiff University Centre for Research, Education and Training in Energy (CREATE) Countryside Council for Wales English Nature Glyndŵr University Govannon Consultancy Grandma’s Stories Ltd High Tower Consultants Ltd IMC Factory Natural England OpTIC Technium Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory Royal Society of Chemistry, North West Trust RSPB Cymru Schools Observatory SCIntillate Education Services (Corwen) Ltd The Astronomer Online The Open Church Network The Unknown Phenomena Investigation Association University of Manchester Up-Beat Wrexham County Borough Council

Wrexham Science Festival has been organised by

Wrexham Science Festival

Gw yl ˆ Wyddoniaeth Wrecsam

6.30pm

2pm 7pm

7pm

Dydd Mercher 1af Ebrill
10am – 4pm 11am 4:30pm

Dydd Mawrth 31ain Mawrth
10am – 4pm 2 pm 4.30pm 6pm 6:30pm 7pm 7pm

7pm 6pm 6:30pm

Hanes Arddangosfa Mawnogydd Fenn, Eglwys Ioan Fedyddiwr, Bettisfield gweler t3 Felly rydych yn meddwl y gallech gynllunio Injan Jet?, Kevin Tan, Prifysgol Manceinion, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t21 Gwneud gwyddoniaeth yn hwyl, Valerie WoodGaiger MBE, Grandma’s Stories Ltd, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t21 Gwyddor Sain, Will Embliss, Up-Beat , Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t22 Gwyddoniaeth a’r Llywodraeth, Brian Iddon, AS, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t22 Hudoliaeth Gwyddoniaeth, Tony Griffith, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t23

10am – 4pm

Hanes Arddangosfa Mawnogydd Fenn, Eglwys Ioan Fedyddiwr, Bettisfield gweler t3

7pm

3pm

Dydd Sul 29ain Mawrth
11am – 4pm Hanes Arddangosfa Mawnogydd Fenn, Eglwys Ioan Fedyddiwr, Bettisfield gweler t3 7pm 7pm

Hanes Arddangosfa Mawnogydd Fenn, Eglwys Ioan Fedyddiwr, Bettisfield gweler t3 Gwychoniaeth – y diwrnod o wyddoniaeth ryngweithiol i’r teulu, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t24 Paru a Chymharu! Sgwrs am y Rugiar Ddu Garismatig a sut allwch chi ddod o hyd iddyn nhw eich hunain, Chris Jones, RSPC Cymru, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t23

7pm

Dydd Mercher 7fed o Ebrill a dydd Mercher 8fed o Ebrill
10am Taith Ffatri Technoleg Heulol, sharp Manufacturing Company of UK,Llai, Wrecsam gweler t23

Hanes Arddangosfa Mawnogydd Fenn, Eglwys Ioan Fedyddiwr, Bettisfield gweler t3 Llwybrau Tref Wrecsam, Phil Phillips, Llwybrau Tref Wrecsam, Canolfan Groeso, Stryt Lambpit, Wrecsam gweler t14 Hela am Asteroidau, Andy Newsam, Yr Arsyllfa Ysgolion, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam, gweler t13 Y Cwestiynau Mawrion – digwyddiad Rhwydweithio Cyflym, Oedran 11 i 18 Caroline Pollitt, SCIntillate Education Services (Corwen) Limited, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t13 ‘Yn Gynnwrf i Gyd’ – gwyfynod a glöynnod byw rhyfeddol Mawnogydd Fenn a Whixall, Joan Daniels, Natural England a Pete Boardman Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t10 Canhwyllau a Lampau, John Rodway, Canolfan Ymchwil, Addysg a Hyfforddiant mewn Ynni (CREATE), Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t13 Cyfrifiadura Cartref yn 1985 (a sut mae’n cymharu â 2009), Matthew Eagles, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t111 Llygaid Lloerig – Monitro’r Ddaear o’r Gofod, yr Athro Graeme Wilkinson, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Prifysgol Glyndŵr,Wrecsam gweler t11 Gyrru’n Chwildrins – Golwg Fforensig ar Ddiod, Cyffuriau ac Yfed, Robert Forrest, Cymdeithas Gemeg Frenhinol, Ymddiriedolaeth y Gogledd Orllewin, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t12

Hanes Arddangosfa Mawnogydd Fenn, Eglwys Ioan Fedyddiwr, Bettisfield gweler t3 Ailgylchu Gwastraff Bwyd Arlwyo yn Wrtaith, Paul Tittle, IMC Factory, Stad Ddiwydiannol Wrecsam gweler t19 Swydd Gaer Oruwchnaturiol ac anhwylderau Cysgu, Dave Sadler, Y Gymdeithas Ymchwilio i Ffenomena Anhysbys, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t18 Problem Seryddiaeth gyda Llygredd Golau, Gerard Gilligan, Cymdeithas Seryddiaeth Prydain (BAA), Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t17

Wrexham Science Festival

Gw yl ˆ Wyddoniaeth Wrecsam

At a Glance Guide

7pm

Thursday 26th March

www.wrexhamsf.com

Monday 30th March

7pm

The Big Questions- Speed Networking Event Ages 18+, Caroline Pollitt, SCIntillate Education Services (Corwen) Limited, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p12 Things that go Bang in the Night, Andy Newsam, Schools Observatory, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p14

7pm

Blood: Life’s most wondrous transportation system - a sanguine journey examining the complexities of this magical, crimson fluid in all its florid glory, Dr Chandra Senan, Glyndŵr University, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p18 You can achieve anything – with a Laser, Ray Davies, Photonics Academy OpTIC Technium, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p19 Colour Holography: The Ultimate Imaging Technique, Professor Hans I. Bjelkhagen, Centre for Modern Optics OpTIC Technium, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p20 Measuring Sea Levels in the Southern Oceans, Geoff Hargreaves, Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p20

1pm

10am – 4pm

The Story of Fenn’s Moss Exhibition, Church of St. John the Baptist, Bettisfield see p3 A Greener Tomorrow - The Importance of Looking After Our Environment Philippa Forrester, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p3

10am – 4pm

The Story of Fenn’s Moss Exhibition, Church of St. John the Baptist, Bettisfield see p3 Animal Welfare – a cause for concern?, Tamsin Young, Glyndŵr University, Welsh College of Horticulture, Northop see p10 Why Do Some Streetlights Shine Yellow?, Matthew Eagles, Glyndŵr University, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p8 Mathematics in the Mind, Derek Smith, High Tower Consultants Ltd, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p8 4000 years in 400 pages, Patricia Fara, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p9 The Sun, Moon and Earth Show, an overview of renewable energy, John Rodway, Centre for Research, Education and Training in Energy (CREATE), Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p9

10am – 4pm

10am – 4pm

2pm

7pm

Dydd Sadwrn 28ain Mawrth

6:30pm

Dydd Iau 2ail Ebrill

10am – 4pm

6.30pm

7pm

Hanes Arddangosfa Mawnogydd Fenn, Eglwys Ioan Fedyddiwr, Bettisfield gweler t3 Llwybrau Tref Wrecsam, Phil Phillips, Llwybrau Tref Wrecsam, Canolfan Groeso, Wrecsam gweler t6 Gwyddor y Llais Canu, Alan Watson, Prifysgol Caerdydd, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t4 ‘Blwyddyn Ryngwladol Seryddiaeth 2009’: Meithrin Cydweithrediad Proffesiynol-Amatur, Guy Hurst, Y Seryddwr Ar-lein, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t4 Rhyfel y Sbermau, Simon Watt, Ready Steady Science, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t7 Olrhain achau gan ddefnyddio DNA, Dr P Forster, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t5 Joseph Priestley: gwyddonydd a meddyliwr Prydeinig blaenllaw – a’i gysylltiadau â Wrecsam, Peter Excell, Prifysgol Glyndŵr University, Prifysgol Glyndŵr , Wrecsam gweler t5 Bom, Llyfr a Chwmpawd: Y Tsieineaid wnaeth eu dyfeisio gyntaf, Stan Moore, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t6 ‘Rhyfel Guthrie’ – Esblygiad Llawfeddygaeth Gyntefig, Mick Crumplin FRCS, Eglwys yr Holl Saint, Gresffordd gweler t7

Hanes Arddangosfa Mawnogydd Fenn, Eglwys Ioan Fedyddiwr, Bettisfield gweler t3 Ailgylchu Gwastraff Bwyd Arlwyo yn Wrtaith, Paul Tittle, IMC Factory,Stad Ddiwydiannol Wrecsam gweler t15 Sut i drefnu Wythnos Wyddoniaeth yn eich ysgol chi, Caroline Pollitt, SCIntillate Education Services (Corwen) Limited, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t16 Manwerthu’r Trychineb – Gêmau fideo a diwedd Gwareiddiad, Stephen Kenyon, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t16 Y Blaned Mawrth: Gwir neu Gau, Andrew Lound, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t17 Y Bywyd Haearn, Peter Heard, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t15 Cloddio am lo a chwarelydda yn ardal Wrecsam, David Gwyn, Govannon Consultancy, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t16 ‘Rhyfeddodau’r Yw’ Fred Hageneder, awdur a chyd-sylfaenydd Cyfeillion y Coed, Neuadd Eglwys y Santes Fair, Y Waun gweler t14

Dydd Sadwrn 4ydd Ebrill

Wednesday 1st April

6:30pm

7pm

7:30pm

Friday 27th March

7pm

10am – 4pm

The Story of Fenn’s Moss Exhibition, Church of St. John the Baptist, Bettisfield see p3 Recycle Catering Food Waste into Compost, Paul Tittle, IMC Factory, Wrexham Industrial Estate see p15 How to organise a Science Week in your school, Caroline Pollitt, SCIntillate Education Services (Corwen) Limited, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p16 Retailing the Catastrophe – Video games and the end of Civilisation, Stephen Kenyon, Glyndŵr University, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p16 Mars Fact or Fiction, Andrew Lound, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p17 The Life of Iron, Peter Heard, Glyndŵr University, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p15 Mining and quarrying in the Wrexham area, David Gwyn, Govannon Consultancy, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p16 Wonders of Yew, Fred Hageneder, St. Mary’s Church hall, Chirk see p14

7:30pm

10am – 4pm

The Story of Fenn’s Moss Exhibition, Church of St. John the Baptist, Bettisfield see p3 Wrexham Town Trails, Phil Phillips, Wrexham Town Trails, Tourist Information Centre, Wrexham see p6 The Science of the Singing Voice, Alan Watson, Cardiff University, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p4 ‘The International Year or Astronomy 2009’: Fostering Professional-Amateur Cooperation, Guy Hurst, The Astonomer Online, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p4 Sperm Warfare, Simon Watt, Ready Steady Science, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p7 Tracing ancestry using DNA, Dr P Forster, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p5 Joseph Priestley: leading British scientist and thinker - and his connections with Wrexham, Peter Excell, Glyndŵr University, Glyndŵr University , Wrexham see p5 Bomb, Book and Compass: The Chinese invented them first, Stan Moore, Glyndŵr University, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p6 ‘Guthrie’s War’ – the Evolution of Primitive Surgery, Mick Crumplin FRCS, All Saints Church Gresford see p7

7pm

11am

7pm

7:30pm

6:30pm

7:30pm

2:00pm

7pm

6:30pm

4:30pm

Friday 3rd April

7pm

7pm

7pm

Tuesday 31st March

10am – 4pm

7pm

The Story of Fenn’s Moss Exhibition, Church of St. John the Baptist, Bettisfield see p3 Science and Government, Brian Iddon, MP, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p22 The Magic of Science, Tony Griffith, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p23 So you think you can design a Jet Engine?, Kevin Tan, University of Manchester, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p21 Making science fun, Valerie Wood-Gaiger MBE, Grandma’s Stories Ltd, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p21 The Science of Sound, Will Embliss, Up-Beat, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p22

7pm

6:30pm

10am – 4pm

The Story of Fenn’s Moss Exhibition, Church of St. John the Baptist, Bettisfield see p3 Wrexham Town trails, Phil Phillips, Wrexham Town Trails, Tourist Information Centre, Lambpit Street, Wrexham see p14 Hunting for Asteriods, Andy Newsam, Schools Observatory, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p13 The Big Questions- Speed Networking Event, Ages 11 to 18 Caroline Pollitt, SCIntillate Education Services (Corwen) Limited, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p12 ‘All of a Flutter’ - the marvellous moths and butterflies of Fenn’s & Whixall Mosses, Joan Daniels, Natural England and Pete Boardman Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p10 Candles and Lamps, John Rodway, Centre for Research, Education and Training in Energy (CREATE), Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p13 Home Computing in 1985 (and how it compares with 2009), Matthew Eagles, Glyndŵr University, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p11 Eyes in the Skies – Monitoring Planet Earth from Space, Professor Graeme Wilkinson, Glyndŵr University, Glyndŵr University,Wrexham see p11 Rolling Stoned – A Forensic View of Drink, Drugs and Driving, Robert Forrest, Royal Society of Chemistry, North West Trust, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p12

6:30pm

10am – 4pm

7pm

7pm

6:30pm

6:30pm

Hanes Arddangosfa Mawnogydd Fenn, Eglwys Ioan Fedyddiwr, Bettisfield gweler t3 Lles Anifeiliaid – achos pryder?, Tamsin Young, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Coleg Garddwriaeth Cymru, Llaneurgain gweler t10 Pam Bod rhai Goleuadau Stryd yn Disgleirio’n Felyn?, Matthew Eagles, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t8 Mathemateg yn y Meddwl, Derek Smith, High Tower Consultants Ltd, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t8 4000 o flynyddoedd mewn 400 tudalen, Patricia Fara, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t9 Sioe’r Haul, y Lleuad a’r Ddaear, arolwg ar ynni adnewyddadwy, John Rodway, Canolfan Ymchwil, Addysg a Hyfforddiant mewn Ynni (CREATE), Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t9

2 pm

7pm

Dydd Gwener 3ydd Ebrill

7:30pm

7pm

4.30pm

7pm

6:30pm

7pm

Gwaed: System gludo fwyaf rhyfeddol bywyd – siwrnai waedlon yn archwilio astrusi’r hylif hudol, coch yma yn ei holl ogoniant gwridog, Dr Chandra Senan, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t18 Gallwch gyflawni unrhyw beth – gyda Laser, Ray Davies, Academi Ffotoneg OpTIC Technium, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t19 Holograffeg Lliw: Y Dechneg Ddelweddu Eithaf, yr Athro Hans I. Bjelkhagen, Canolfan Opteg Fodern OpTIC Technium, Prifysgol Glyndŵr gweler t20 Mesur Lefelau’r Môr ym Moroedd y De, Geoff Hargreaves, Labordy Eigioneg Proudman, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t20

6pm

7.30pm

2:00pm

7pm

7pm

7:30pm

7pm

10am – 4pm

Thursday 2nd April

7pm

6:30pm

Dydd Gwener 27ain Mawrth

7pm

7:30pm

10am – 4pm

The Story of Fenn’s Moss Exhibition, Church of St. John the Baptist, Bettisfield see p3 Recycle Catering Food Waste into Compost, Paul Tittle, IMC Factory, Wrexham Industrial Estate see p19 Paranormal Cheshire and Sleep Disorders, Dave Sadler, The Unknown Phenomena Investigation Association, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p18 Astronomy’s Problem with Light Pollution, Gerard Gilligan, British Astronomical Association (BAA), Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p17

Hanes Arddangosfa Mawnogydd Fenn, Eglwys Ioan Fedyddiwr, Bettisfield gweler t3 Yfory Gwyrddach – Pwysigrwydd Edrych ar Ôl Ein Hamgylchedd, Phillipa Forrester, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t3

Y Cwestiynau Mawrion – digwyddiad Rhwydweithio Cyflym, Oedran 11 i 18 Caroline Pollitt, SCIntillate Education Services (Corwen) Limited, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam gweler t12 Pethau sy’n Gwneud Sŵn yn y Nos, Andy Newsam, Yr Arsyllfa Ysgolion, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Wrecsam, gweler t14

6:30pm

11am

10am – 4pm

Saturday 4th April

7pm

6:30pm

6pm

The Story of Fenn’s Moss Exhibition, Church of St. John the Baptist, Bettisfield see p3 Scientriffic – the interactive family science day, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p24 Strictly Come Lekking! – a Talk on the Charismatic Black Grouse and How You Can Find Them Yourself, Chris Jones, RSPB Cymru, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham see p23

7pm

Saturday 28th March

7pm

7pm

10am – 4pm

10am – 4pm

10am – 4pm

The Story of Fenn’s Moss Exhibition, Church of St. John the Baptist, Bettisfield see p3

Dydd Iau 26ain Mawrth

Dydd Llun 30ain Mawrth

7pm

7pm

Sunday 29th March

7pm

7pm

Tuesday 7th April and Wednesday 8th April
3.30pm 10am – 4pm

www.wrexhamsf.com

11am – 4pm

The Story of Fenn’s Moss Exhibition, Church of St. John the Baptist, Bettisfield see p3

7pm

Wrexham Science Festival

Gw yl ˆ Wyddoniaeth Wrecsam

Canllaw ar Gip

10am

Solar Technology - Factory Tour, Sharp Manufacturing Company of UK, Llay, Wrexham, see p23