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Science Corner Activities


Inspired by our ‘Bird Flight’ and ‘Swarm’ exhibits, our new activities explore the behaviour of groups of animals and looks closely at birds and butterflies.


Visit our Science Corner on Saturday or Sunday to try out our experiments, make your own ‘Balancing Butterfly’ or fold an origami bird to add to our swarming flock. Take part in our ‘Bird Spotting Quiz’ and learn about the birds you may see in a park or garden.


Every Saturday and Sunday beginning 11th May.


10 AM – 4 PM


FREE and suitable for children of all ages.

No need to book.

This May Half Term we are offering free workshops that explore bird flight and animals that swarm. We will be offering hands on activities suitable for the whole family and children of all ages!

Wednesday 29th May - 11am & 2pm

Thursday 30th May - 11am & 2pm

Book your spot on one of our workshops via Eventbrite: Oriel Science Events - 4 Upcoming Activities and Tickets | Eventbrite.

(Please book a ticket for each member of your party).

SENSATIONAL SWARMS: May Half Term Workshops

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Construction Challenge Workshops

Inspired by our ‘Your perfect Neighbourhood exhibit’ we are challenging you to come along and see who can build the tallest tower using spaghetti and marshmallows. Can you create your own Eiffel Tower, or will it be a Pisa? 


After the workshop build your perfect neighbourhood and show us where your tower fits. Your participation helps our researchers in gathering valuable data to pinpoint which parts of our neighbourhoods help us to be healthy. With your help they can provide evidence to government, policymakers, and planners to help them create healthier and happier communities.

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Construction Challenge:
Science Corner Activities

Come along to Oriel Science and build your perfect neighbourhood.  Activities for young engineers will include building paper houses, creating plasticine street furniture, and being given the opportunity to brainstorm on how the landscape affects the way we live.


Pit Stop Fun: 
Family Racing Construction Challenge

Our Science Corner will be hosting an exciting racing car construction championship that promises fun for the whole family!

  •  Race our SURE car to get the best time!

  • Shape a model car to conquer our track!

  • Get creative on paper – design your own racing car!

  • For our younger racers – colour the best car!

WELSH DARK SKIES WEEK 2024 workshops at Oriel Science

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Stardust Hunters


Every year, approx. 3,000 tons of cosmic dust fall to the surface of the Earth – these extra-terrestrial particles which survive the journey through the atmosphere to land on the Earth are known as micrometeorites.

Join us on the hunt for these particles and help scientists learn about our early Solar System.

Faulkes Telescope


Have you ever wondered what it is like to observe the night sky through a telescope? Join us at Oriel Science, take control of the Faulkes telescopes in Hawaii and Australia and observe the universe in real time*!

February 2024

Celebrating Women & Girls in Science

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Visit Oriel Science and take a stimulating journey into the world of Women & Girls in Science!


11:00 – 11:30Talk:

“Impacts from space: Crashing the dinosaurs party”.

Delivered by Dr Sarah Roberts, Astronomer, Swansea University.


11:30 – 12:00 Talk:

“Girl power in Science”.

Delivered by Sandra Morgan, Oriel Science, Swansea University.


12:00 – 12:30 Hands-on activities at the Science Corner.

Led by Sandra Morgan, Oriel Science, Swansea University.


February 2024

Santa's Slimy Sparkle

This season, join the festive fun at our Science Corner where we explore what Santa puts on his sleigh to make it shine! Come along with your family and discover how to create Santa's Slimy Sparkle.


December 2023 - January 2024

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Eyes on the World

This workshop draws from exhibits in our IMAGING exhibition to explore how we and other animals see the world around us. Learn how the structure of human eyes compares to that of insect eyes. Join this family-friendly workshop and try out some of our fun activities to find out how we interpret what we see.

January 2024

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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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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

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

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Shhh! Sound

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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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

Ymunwch â Ni Ffilm Tanddwr

Creadigaeth gydweithredol 9 munud, gan gymuned Abertawe ac Ymchwil ac Ymgysylltu Rhyngddisgyblaethol Dŵr Croyw Prifysgol Abertawe (TÂN) Lab.

Meet the Researcher

Cwrdd â'r Ymchwilydd

Dewch i Oriel Science a chwrdd ag ymchwilwyr arddangosfa Ffilm Tanddwr Ymunwch â Ni, Stephanie Januchowski-Hartley a Ioanna-Daphne Giannoulatou.

Bydd yr ymchwilwyr yno i siarad am bysgod mudol y DU a sut mae'r gwahanol brosiectau a grëwyd gan Brifysgol AbertaweLab TÂNcyfrannu at ddatgelu perthynas pobl ag amgylcheddau dŵr croyw.


Bob awr ar yr awr, rhwng 11:00 a 14:00, bydd yr ymchwilwyr yn cyflwyno prosiect gwahanol i ymwelwyr, trwy sgyrsiau rhyngweithiol byr.

Mae'r sgyrsiau yn rhad ac am ddim ac yn addas i bob oed.

Dydd Sadwrn 12 Tachwedd 2022

11:00 i 15:00

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Caffi Gwyddoniaeth Abertawe

Ymunwch ag Ymchwil Canser Cymru am noson o ddarganfod AM DDIM yng Nghaffi Gwyddoniaeth Abertawe!

Dydd Iau 3 Tachwedd 2022.

I ddysgu mwy am y digwyddiad cliciwchyma.

I archebu eich lle AM DDIM, cliciwchyma.

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Gwneud Ectoplasm

Bydd y Cornel Wyddoniaeth yn gwneud ectoplasm ar yr awr bob awr o 11:00 tan 15:00 ar ddydd Sadwrn Hydref 29ain a dydd Sul Hydref 30ain!!!

Trowch lan pan fydd y llaw fawr ar 12!!

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Gweithdai Haf

Cyfres o 4 gweithdy rhad ac am ddim, wedi'u cyfeirio at bawb, yn edrych ar y wyddoniaeth y tu ôl i rai o arddangosion Oriel Science.

Awst 2022

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Ymunwch â Ni Tanddwr I

Arddangosyn rhyngweithiol a grëwyd gan Ymchwil ac Ymgysylltu Rhyngddisgyblaethol Dŵr Croyw Prifysgol Abertawe (TÂN) Lab.

Ebrill 2022

Copper Crucibles

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

February 2022

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