Come and discover the Science and Technology Village

24 July 2019

Discovering is the main theme at this year’s Science and Technology Village on the Eisteddfod Maes in Conwy County

And there’s plenty to discover in our brand new village, which is far more dynamic and attractive than the old pavilion of the past.

The Showdome lies at the heart of the village.  Come over and relax and enjoy a variety of science shows on the stage.  Science and theatre combine in the Experimentrics shows, an innovative show mixing physical theatre with a live science exhibition to create a world of fun and quiet mystery.

The cheeky pair like to use the objects they find in an unusual way, but they’re often led astray by their inventions and the urge to prank each other!  Daily performances from Monday to Friday.

Why not find out more about the sky at night in our special Planetarium, with our daily sessions?  Come and see the universe in a brand new way; listen to traditional Welsh folk stories in a magical atmosphere, and find the characters in the dark sky.  And this is also your chance to see the fantastic contribution made by Welsh scientists to our understanding of space.

Or why not come and say ‘hello’ to some of the residents from the Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay?  We’re joined by the zoo’s education team on the Maes during the week, with a number of creatures and small animals.  Book a space in one of the animal handling sessions at the end of the day.

And if engineering excites you, join the North Wales Engineering and Science Group during the week with a whole host of activities, including building a suspension bridge, an activity which has been very popular over the past few years.

Maybe this is the new look Science and Technology Village this year, but some things remain constant, including the impressive lecture programme throughout the week, introducing different elements of the science world.

This year’s programme is excellent, and all the lectures are held in Societies 2 at 14:30 daily, with simultaneous translation:

  • Monday: Red meat: Greener than you think? – Prysor Williams
  • Tuesday: What’s the most important scientific development of the last century? – Dr Awen Iorwerth, Dr Daniel Roberts, Carwyn Edwards & Professor Siwan Davies, with Professor Deri Tomos
  • Wednesday: At the edge of space – Professor Eleri Pryse
  • Thursday: A long journey to the centre of the cell: from a tadpole’s tail to the heart of cancer – Arwyn Tomos Jones
  • Friday: Historical Climate – John Davies

Wynford Bellin will look at the death of Morfydd Llwyn Owen, deciding who or what was responsible for her death, in Societies 2 at 17:30 on Wednesday afternoon.  And Goronwy Wynne will be discussing John Lloyd Williams, the well-known botanist from Llanrwst at 11:30 on Saturday 10 August in Societies 2.

The children’s daily competitions, Wil i’w Wely and Wil Bach have been given a bit of a face-lift and return as the Her Awr Fawr and Her Hanner Awr Fawr, with excellent cash prizes!  Budding builders will be inspired by the LEGO activities and children will also have a go at programming a racing game using SCRATCH with the DVLA.

This year’s main science and technology sponsor is Transport Wales with Bangor University and IOP Cymru Wales.

For full details of all the science and technology activities at the Eisteddfod, go online, www.eisteddfod.wales, and the festival app will be available soon.

The Science and Technology Village is a partnership between the Eisteddfod and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.  The aim of the science and technology activities on the Maes is to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), especially through the medium of Welsh.

The Conwy County National Eisteddfod is held on the outskirts of Llanrwst from 3-10 August.  For more information, go online.

The following partners and sponsors are part of this year’s Science Village:

  • Aberystwyth University
  • Bangor University
  • Bangor University Widening Access Centre
  • Cardiff University
  • DVLA    
  • FSC
  • ICE Cymru
  • IET
  • IMechE
  • IOP
  • Lego
  • North Wales Wildlife Trust
  • North West Cancer Research
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Snowdonia National Park
  • Techniquest Glyndwr
  • Technocamps
  • Welsh Mountain Zoo