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The University has a unique place in Welsh life and we enjoy connecting and sharing this at the National Eisteddfod.
This year visitors to our Pavilion at the National Eisteddfod can find out more about Cardiff’s role in preparing young people and businesses for the challenges of the future.
Creating a better future
Taking Cardiff’s research into the Welsh community
Budding engineers will have the chance to design and build their own wind turbine as Cardiff University takes its work out to the community at the 2012 National Eisteddfod.
Visitors to this year’s Eisteddfod, held in the Vale of Glamorgan between 4th and 11th August can try their hand at a range of engineering challenges for the young - and the young at heart, as well as getting to grips with some of the University’s cutting-edge research.
School-age children can take part in interactive workshops at the University’s pavilion to find out how to build a wind turbine. They’ll be given tips and advice on what makes a good wind turbine, with prizes given out for the best turbine of the day.
Other activities during the week-long event will give pre-school age children the chance to colour and make a windmill while others can try and build a bridge with the longest making it onto a leader board. The University’s Formula Student racing car will also be present all week.
Engineering is the theme of the University’s presence at the 2012 National Eisteddfod, said Community Engagement Manager Bruce Etherington.
Engineering is one of the key areas which will help Wales through these challenging times. By introducing children to the University’s work in a fun and interactive way we hope to inspire the next generation of engineers.
The University will be sharing its pavilion with Techniquest and will be based next to the Science Pavilion on the Maes.
The University’s School of Welsh will also have a strong presence across the Eisteddfod with a series of events throughout the week including a talk by Head of School Professor Sioned Davies on translating children’s literature and Dr Simon Brooks on Welsh speaking immigrants.
On Thursday 9th August members of Cardiff Law School will be on hand for people to find out more about the School and the research it undertakes. Throughout the week, the National Centre for Mental Health will also have a stand in the University’s pavilion, promoting the Centre and its work.
Alongside the University-inspired collection of exhibits, visitors will also be able to try out some favourites from Techniquest’s main centre in Cardiff.
You can learn what makes an aeroplane fly, learn more about how your body works, or test your logic on one of the challenging puzzles.
“Techniquest is delighted to be working with Cardiff University at the Eisteddfod again this year,” said Techniquest Chief Executive Peter Trevitt.
“We hope that the exhibition will prove popular to Eisteddfod visitors of all ages.
“The partnership that we have formed with the University is going from strength to strength.
“Techniquest presents science in an exciting way and we are lucky to be able to work with researchers of international status to develop new ideas to inspire and motivate a new generation of scientists.”
Click on the link below to see a map highlighting the location of Cardiff University's exhibit:
Or click on the link below to see a PDF of the Eisteddfod map:
Click on the link below to view images from Cardiff University’s 2011 exhibition:
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Download the 2012 edition of 'Engage' [816.99KB .pdf]