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Wrexham and North Wales Children’s University

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Make a Noise event - Dome

It’s all about university’s in this article, find out below about what’s been happening at Wrexham University and North Wales Children’s University.

Mindsets + Missions: Xplore!

Firstly, Xplore! Science Discovery Centre is proud to announce their participation in the Mindsets + Missions project. The Xplore! project titled “A Place of Lifelong Learning” focuses on co-producing science centre experiences with community groups.

Xplore! will be working with KIM-Inspire, Dynamic Voice, Contact Club, and Arts from the Armchair through a series of six bespoke co-production sessions. These co-development sessions aim to foster deeper relations with the community groups to transform Xplore! Science Discovery Centre into a place of lifelong learning

Collectively, 12 UK museums and science centres, have been awarded £827,945 in funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The program is led by the Museums Association in partnership with the Association for Science and Discovery Centres and The Liminal Space. It aims to empower museums and science centres to explore innovative ways of serving their communities through research-related initiatives.  

Mindsets + Missions project

Barbara Masters from iCan Connector with KIM-Inspire said “Our KIM clients are absolutely LOVING the sessions with Xplore and the Missions and Mindsets project. The group’s confidence as a whole has improved. Everyone gets fully involved, sharing ideas and really wants the project to be a success.” 

Dawn Pavey, Projects Officer said, “Xplore! is proud of the work we have done in the past to develop and co-create projects with our local community groups. We are delighted to be able to continue this work with the new Missions and Mindsets project.

Tom Saunders, Head of Public Engagement from the UKRI, said, “With our new public engagement strategy, UKRI’s ambition is to break down the barriers between research, innovation and society.

For further information about the Xplore! and its participation in the Mindsets + Missions program, please contact: projects@xplorescience.co.uk.

North Wales Children’s University

Secondly, Wrexham University hosted approximately 50 children aged between 6 and 13 and their families. They all took part in the Children’s University ‘Make A Noise’ event.

The children had the opportunity to participate in three activities. A space exploration in the Xplore Immersive Dome, a South American-inspired drumming workshop with Bloco Swn, and also a thought-provoking sustainable community workshop with 4WardFutures.

Children enjoyed the range of workshops as well as meeting friends and making new friends from different schools.

Families were treated to a welcoming lunch and tea buffet provided by Aramark. It also included a delicious cheesecake dessert-making station in Wrexham University canteen.

Young people and their families had a great day, and best of all it was completely free.

Sonia John, Children’s University Project Manager, said, “It was a fabulous inclusive event seeing so many happy children taking part in a variety of fun, inspiring, and thought-provoking workshops. The buffet provided by Aramark was fabulous and everyone was very grateful!

“A big thank you to everyone who helped making it a successful and happy event for our young people.”

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