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Science Pirates; An Interactive Science Event

1 August 2019

Cardiff University scientists take their research to the heart of Cardiff City Centre at Menter Caerdydd in The Hayes.

Muscles respond to exercise by getting bigger and stronger, but how do bones respond? To answer this question, Cardiff University scientists have created a contemporary escape room that has been used to develop a mental and physical adventure-based game to help participants figure out the answer.

The public engagement activity has been funded by Wellcome Trust at Cardiff University and will take place at:

Menter Caerdydd
Yr Hen Lyfrgell
The Hayes
Cardiff
CF10 1BH

The event will be held in the 1st floor meeting room on:

  • Saturday 3rd August 2019
  • Saturday 10th August 2019
  • Saturday 7th September 2019
  • Saturday 14th September 2019

The event will run from 10:30am to 3:30pm on all the above dates.

We also have an extra event taking place at Capitol Shopping Centre, Queen Street in Cardiff between 12pm and 3pm on:

  • Friday 1 November 2019

The aim is to engage and educate the public with information about the influence of exercise on bone health and its use as a preventative measure to avoid developing weaker bones, through an interactive pirate-theme escape room activity.

It is a free event with no booking required and suitable for ages 12 and above, but the information provided will be of great interest to those both younger and older with an interest in science and a passion for making discoveries.

The pirate-themed escape room has been designed with a digital element using QR codes as a medium to educate visitors about bone biology.

QR codes are scannable barcodes which can act as a link to a digital medium such as music, video, or games. Using a treasure map and decoding sheet, players navigate the escape room to identify answers needed to unlock a treasure box to escape.

The decoding sheet encompasses questions related to bone biology, and the answers are found as QR codes which players have to scan using a tablet.

For more information about the events and details on who to contact please visit the event webpage.

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