NRN AEM at the National Eisteddfod 2017
With Anglesey as our backdrop, NRN AEM, will be showcasing engaging and interactive science demonstrations from laser engraving to understanding the chemistry behind our everyday foods at this year's National Eisteddfod. A week long interactive session appealing to science enthusiasts of all ages.
What is the National Eisteddfod?
Held during the first week of August every year, the National Eisteddfod is a celebration of the culture and language in Wales.
The festival travels from place to place, alternating between north and south Wales, attracting around 150,000 visitors and over 250 trade stands and stalls.
The history of the Eisteddfod in Wales can be traced back to 1176, with the modern history of the organisation dating back to 1861.
Traditionally a competition-based festival, attracting over 6,000 competitors every year, the festival has developed and evolved over recent years, and whilst the competitions form the central focus for the week, the Maes (site) itself has grown and developed into a vibrant festival with hundreds of events and activities for the whole family.
It is an inclusive and welcoming festival, which attracts thousands of Welsh learners and those who do not speak the language as well as Welsh speakers every year. Translation services are available in the main Pavilion and bilingual information is available. There is also a centre for learning Welsh on the Maes (Maes D).
What Will the NRN AEM be Demonstrating?
The NRN AEM will be showcasing an array of interactive activities for science enthusiasts of all ages, from understanding electric field 'hot spots' using household items to 3D printing. We want to project science in a simplistic and engaging way. The list of activities can be seen below.
- 'Molecular Gastronomy' at the National Eisteddfod
- Laser Engraving
- Solar Energy in Action!
- Control of Spin Dynamics: From MRI to Spintronics?
- Living Light (Golau Byw)
- Tackling Multidisciplinary Aircraft Design Under Uncertainty
- How Do I Engineer a Low Cost Prosthetic Foot?
The Science and Technology Pavilion at the National Eisteddfod
The Science and Technology Pavilion has developed immensely since its inception over forty years ago. Today, it is one of the most popular areas on the Maes and is the place to visit to find out about all things to do with science and technology attracting over 21,000 visitors in 2016.
The main objective of this pavilion is to showcase science and STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to people of all ages and with it hope to inspire children and youngsters to consider a career in STEM and ultimately increase the up take of STEM subjects – through the medium of Welsh if they desire. This is achieved by working in partnership with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and various experts from industry and academia.
The Science and Technology Pavilion aims to raise the profile of the wealth of scientific research of international importance which is conducted here in Wales.
Each year the Science & Technology Pavilion promotes a running theme, with 2017 theme being 'Low Carbon and Energy.' However this theme is not intended to preclude other activities. Previous themes include “Light” which included an exhibition brought together by Diamond Light Source; Musicquest – demonstrating the science of music; bees and honey exhibition organised in collaboration with the National Botanic Gardens and university partners; and a display on the Large Hadron Collider.
The NRN AEM will be demonstrating in the Science Pavilion to members of the public of all ages from the 7th- 12th August. The Science Pavilion will be located in the Eisteddfod Maes in Bodedern, Anglesey LL65 3SS. However there will be Bangor University's Photonics Academy interactive display from the 5th- 6th August.
NRN AEM demonstrations will take place in the Science and Technology Pavilion from the 7th - 12th August 2017
Bangor University's Photonics Academy will host their display between the 5th - 6th August 2017
2017 National Eisteddfod Exhibitors
In addition to the NRN AEM, other exhibitors within the 2017 Science & Technology Pavilion include the following including our sister network National Research Network in Low Carbon, Energy and Environment (LCEE).
- Engineering & Science Group North Wales (which encompass ICE, IMechE, IET, EESW STEM Cymru)
- Bangor University
- Aberystwyth University
- British Psychological Society
- Menai Science Park
- The Royal Society of Chemistry
- Ynni Da
- Sêr Cymru National Research Network in Advanced Engineering and Materials
- Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment