Science on the Maes

12 July 2016

The Science and Technology Pavilion on the Eisteddfod Maes is the place to come to find out more about everything involved with science and technology. 

There is a particular emphasis on promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects through the medium of Welsh.

This year’s Pavilion is packed with activities and exhibitions, and a chance to see some of the latest developments in science and technology.  There’s also a local angle to a number of this year’s events.

Join us daily for dark skies activities and step into the pavilion’s planetarium.  Find out more about space as we whizz through the solar system and even further afield in regular sessions led by the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority on behalf of all the National Parks in Wales.

Interested in conservation?  We have sessions for the whole family as we find out more about the creatures who live in our ponds, and from Monday to Friday, come to our Amazing Science Show – a brand new science show which will appeal to the whole family.

The Science and Technology Pavilion is a chance for organisations and specialist companies to showcase their work and latest developments to the public, and once again this year, we have a wide range of partners in the Pavilion.

This is the first year for the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to organise the Pavilion in partnership with the National Eisteddfod, and Ioan Matthews, the organisation’s Chief Executive, says, “The Welsh language provision available for students to study STEM subjects in Welsh universities has developed hugely since the launch of the Coleg.

“As a national organisation, we have enjoyed working with the Eisteddfod and with universities across Wales as well as companies and other organisations to make science and technology accessible and available to everyone.”

The main sponsor of the Pavilion is Aberystwyth University, and the exhibitions in the Pavilion throughout the week include,

  • 21st Century Brain – see how the brain works and how it is affected by diseases like Alzheimer and Parkinson.  Organised by Cardiff University, BMA, British Psychological Society and the Wellcome Trust;
  • Under your feet – what we can do to help the environment and the animals and plants around us with Brecon Beacons Park Authority and Friends of Castle Meadows;
  • Disease Detectives – find out what happens in our hospital laboratories with the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board;
  • Watt Bikes – have a go on cutting edge indoor training bikes used by well known cyclists, with Cardiff Metropolitan University;
  • Captivating Chemistry – find out about chemistry in our lives with the South Wales Branch of the Royal Chemistry Society;
  • Engineering – plenty of interactive activities with Costain, Swansea University and ICE;
  • Activities for 4-18 year olds as the Intellectual Property Office celebrates Aardman Studios’ 40th anniversary;
  • Renewable energy wind power workshops with Vattenfall;
  • Our food, our health, our planet: practical activities exploring our food and how we can eat it in ways to keep ourselves and the planet healthy, with Techniquest.

The Science and Technology Pavilion is supported by sponsorship from Western Power Distribution, and the company’s Corporate Communications Manager, Paul Bishop, said, “We believe it is the responsibility of large organisations like ours to play a full and active role in the communities they serve. Supporting events such as the National Eisteddfod is a fine example of our commitment to that.

“We believe promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and engineering-related activities is particularly important for young people who may be thinking of a career in industry.”

Eisteddfod Chief Executive, Elfed Roberts added, “The variety and standard of activities in the Science and Technology Pavilion astounds me every year, and once again, there’s plenty here for people of all ages.

“Science and technology are an important part of the Eisteddfod’s work, and we are delighted to have so many partners and sponsors eager to work with us every year.  We welcome the increased coverage given to STEM subjects through the medium of Welsh over the past few years.

“Our aim is to encourage interest in all kinds of science and technology, and our partnership with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol has enabled us to develop this further this year.  We also thank the local committee for their vision and work in pulling the programme together.”

The Monmouthshire and District National Eisteddfod is held on Castle Meadows, Abergavenny from 29 July – 6 August.  For more information go online,