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28 July 2011
Visitors to the National Eisteddfod in Wrexham (30 July – 6 August) will have the opportunity to explore the secrets of life.
Located both in the Science and Technology Pavilion and alongside in its own dedicated Pavilion - developed with partner Techniquest - the University will feature stimulating exhibitions and hands-on activities designed to showcase how the human body works and how to take care of it.
This year’s theme is ‘The Body Lab’ so highlights will include walk-in brains, inflatable skeletons with removable bones and the Tissue Engineering for Human Healing Exhibition.
‘The Body Lab’ will also involve students from the University’s School of Medicine offering body mass index (BMI), blood pressure and peak expiratory flow checks.
Children inspired by watching these students in action will be able to try their hands at being ‘mini-medics’ by dressing up as doctors and practicing their"first aid skills".
Professor Hywel Thomas, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement & International, said: "This year visitors to our Pavilion can find out more about Cardiff’s role in helping Wales tackle some of its biggest health challenges. We’ll be providing a world of discovery with exhibits and activities all designed to help learn more about health.
The University has a unique place in Welsh life and we enjoy connecting and sharing this at the National Eisteddfod."
The successful Tissue Engineering for Human Healing Exhibition, which made its debut at the Blaenau Gwent Eisteddfod last year, will be returning to the Science and Technology Pavilion again this summer. Visitors will get the first chance to try out a new puzzle about one of the secrets of life as the team will be unveiling a new model showing exactly how stem cells could be used to help create new organs or joints.
The Exhibition is sponsored by a grant from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council to highlight work in tissue engineering associated with the Cardiff Institute for Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER).
Dr Arwyn Tomos Jones, Welsh School of Pharmacy, said: "Our new model, created by University staff in conjunction with Techniquest, is the latest addition to our Exhibition. We’ve also included our lifesize Operation game again this year. Children were particularly thrilled at being able to transplant organs from a ‘human body’ in a race against the clock with prizes for the quickest being awarded at the end of each day.
"The whole Exhibition is a great opportunity to give science a platform within Wales and is part of the University’s programme of public engagement with science."
More information about the University’s presence at this year’s Eisteddfod is available online at www.cardiff.ac.uk/eisteddfod
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