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Shape of Speed

As part of this year's Swansea Science Festival, join Oriel Science's workshop "The Shape of Speed" and design a model car to compete against others; make a CD hovercraft and have a go on our ‘SURE car’ an open-wheeler competitive racing car designed by Swansea University students.

November 2023

Swansea Science Festival

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Science Corner activities

The Swansea Science Festival returns with the Family Festival, live and in person, at the National Waterfront Museum.

The weekend festival will host over 30 FREE exhibitions 

and Oriel Science will be there! 


Come along to our stand to practice your engineering skills, compete against others, learn how to make a CD hovercraft and learn how the Swansea University Race Engineering (SURE) Team designs and builds cars to be aerodynamically efficient! 

October 2023

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Stop by and design your own insect or make a bug hotel at our Science Corner. If you’re up for some more action, you can also participate in our “Illusive Insect Easter-Hunt”. Find the hidden clues around the venue to reveal the name of the “Illusive Insect”

to take part in our draw and win a “Beetle Game” prize!!!

April 2023

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Jointed Jamboree

Shhh! Sound

This workshop looks at our Crab Maze, and our Insect exhibits and explores Phylum Arthropoda, estimated to contain 80% of all known animal species! Learn how these animals with jointed legs and no bones move and how they can survive in every habitat on Earth.

April 2023

This workshop looks at our “Acoustic Levitator” exhibit and explores the nature of sound. Learn how sound is produced and how humans and our animal cousins sense that sound by looking at the structure of different types of ears! 

February 2023

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Meet the Researcher
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More Tiny Little Things Workshop

Visit the microscopic world! 

In these workshops, you will be able to look at slides prepared by professionals and make slides yourself. Following on from October Half-Term’s “Tiny Little Things” workshop, you will once again peer at what we cannot usually see, but there will be new specimens this time!

January 2023

Join Us Underwater film

A 9min collaborative creation, by the Swansea community and Swansea University's Freshwater Interdisciplinary Research and Engagement (FIRE) Lab.

October-December 2022

Meet the Researcher

Visit Oriel Science and meet the researchers of the "Join Us Underwater Film" exhibit, Stephanie Januchowski-Hartley and Ioanna-Daphne Giannoulatou.

The researchers will be in Oriel Science to talk about UK’s migratory fishes and how the different projects created by Swansea University’s FIRE Lab contribute to revealing people’s thoughts and feelings about freshwater environments.


Every hour on the hour, between 11:00 and 14:00, the researchers will be presenting a different project to visitors, through short interactive talks.

The talks are free and suitable for all ages.

November 2022

Swansea Science Café

Join Cancer Research Wales for a FREE evening of discovery at the Swansea Science Café!

November 2022.

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Half Term Workshops

A series of free workshops and activities, addressed to all, looking into the science behind some of Oriel Science's exhibits.

October - November 2022

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Summer Workshops

A series of 4 free workshops, addressed to all, looking into the science behind some of Oriel Science's exhibits.

August 2022

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Join Us Underwater I

An interactive exhibit created by Swansea University's Freshwater Interdisciplinary Research and Engagement (FIRE) Lab.

April 2022

Copper Crucibles

A fun clay modelling workshop addressed to all, led by ceramicist and artist Esther Ley.

February 2022

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