Swansea University’s Oriel Science successfully hosted “Super Science Saturday”, as part of British Science Week, at the National Waterfront Museum on Saturday 10th March. In less than five hours, the event attracted almost 2,000 visitors, an increase of 96% from “Super Science Saturday” in March 2017.
Visitors saw and engaged with a diverse range of interactive science exhibits, with the most popular being making “goo” (by Oriel Science), followed by riding the hydrogen bike (by @TheHydrogenBike, ESRI), interacting with insects (by Biosciences), making robots (by Technocamps, Computer Science), and learning about astronomy (by Dr Sarah Roberts, College of Science). The majority of visitors confirmed that their awareness of the research at Swansea University had greatly or somewhat increased as a result of the event.
In addition, there were some very inspirational and well-attended talks to help celebrate “International Women’s Day”, many of which were organised by the Women’s Equality Network Wales. Of particular mention was the panel debate “Is Artificial Intelligence Sexist?” whose speakers included Julie James AM and Dr Monika Seisenberger, from the Department of Computer Science. Dr Suzanne Bevan and Dr Mary Gagen (from the Department of Geography) hosted a fascinating talk about what it’s really like on a science expedition in hot spots and cool places. Suzanne and Mary shared with the audience how you get a plane off the ground when the runway is made of soft snow, and how to remove a leech from your own armpit!
Visitor feedback to the afternoon’s event was extremely positive and was described as “interesting”, “informative”, “fun”, “cool”, “amazing”, “educational” and “inspiring”.
Miranda Berry-Bowen, Events Officer at the National Waterfront Museum said, “We were delighted to host Super Science Saturday at the National Waterfront Museum as part of British Science Week 2018. The event was a dynamic and exciting mixture of demonstrations and exhibits, along with talks and shows, which attracted nearly 2000 visitors. Working in partnership with Oriel science – Swansea University was a fantastic way to showcase science in Swansea and engage our visitors in a diverse range of research in an accessible way. The buzz at the Museum was great and we look forward to Super Science Saturday 2019!”
The team from Data Science in the Medical School, commented: “Engaging with the public is really important to us as a team so that we can communicate our key messages and findings to those who it will impact the most. Super Science Saturday was great fun and a brilliant opportunity to showcase our research work to children and families.”
Charlie Dunnill, on behalf of @TheHydrogenBike, ESRI, said, “I would like to thank you for a great opportunity to get our message about science across to a diverse and interested audience. Really enthusiastic day to embrace the science and innovation that surrounds us and to look to future solutions to the pertinent issues.”
Many thanks to Technocamps, the National Waterfront Museum and Women’s Equality Network Wales for jointly organising and supporting this event: