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Techniquest: After Hours

Gair Rhydd went to back to school at Cardiff’s science museum

Welsh science and discovery centre Techniquest recently opened its doors after school hours, inviting over 18’s in for drinks and a chance to play around with the science exhibits.

Science education should not end when people leave school, and we all love a chance to play around and be kids again (alcohol is a bonus). This is why Techniquest invited adults in for a chance to experiment with the science-at-play exhibits without the presence of rowdy children.

The over 18’s policy meant that people were allowed to grab a drink at the bar before wandering around the venue, and it was pretty hilarious to see semi-drunken adults meandering around exhibits, playing with the attractions and mingling with other science enthusiasts.

“I had a lot of fun” admitted Matthew, a 24-year-old radiographer from Heath Hospital. “I didn’t think I would learn a lot as I studied a medical science for my degree but there is always a lot to learn about basic science that people forget about and Techniquest is always a lot of fun. So nostalgic!”

He added: “I went to a history talk about the history of anaesthesia which will actually prove quite helpful for my career. The lecturer was amazing and kept me absolutely riveted for the entire hour.”

Other talks were available on biology, physics and chemistry. The biology talk even had an arts and crafts session where people could take home an artistic self-made STD toy and an interactive maths exhibit drove even the most logically minded people mad.

The next After Hours: Back to School event will be held at the end of January. Recommended for students and professionals alike. Release your inhibitions, find science fun again and go be a child for the evening. Who doesn’t love a mirror maze, really?

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