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Creating a better future

14 August 2012

Budding engineers will have the chance to design and build their own wind turbine as Cardiff University takes its work out to the community at the 2012 National Eisteddfod.

Visitors to this year’s Eisteddfod, held in the Vale of Glamorgan between 4th and 11th August can try their hand at a range of engineering challenges for the young - and the young at heart, as well as getting to grips with some of the University’s cutting-edge research.

School-age children can take part in interactive workshops at the University’s pavilion to find out how to build a wind turbine. They’ll be given tips and advice on what makes a good wind turbine, with prizes given out for the best turbine of the day.

Other activities during the week-long event will give pre-school age children the chance to colour and make a windmill while others can try and build a bridge with the longest making it onto a leader board. The University’s Formula Student racing car will also be present all week.

"Engineering is the theme of the University’s presence at the 2012 National Eisteddfod, said Community Engagement Manager Bruce Etherington.

"Engineering is one of the key areas which will help Wales through these challenging times. By introducing children to the University’s work in a fun and interactive way we hope to inspire the next generation of engineers."

The University will be sharing its pavilion with Techniquest and will be based next to the Science Pavilion on the Maes.

The University’s School of Welsh will also have a strong presence across the Eisteddfod with a series of events throughout the week including a talk by Head of School Professor Sioned Davies on translating children’s literature and Dr Simon Brooks on Welsh speaking immigrants.

On Thursday 9th August members of Cardiff Law School will be on hand for people to find out more about the School and the research it undertakes.  Throughout the week, the National Centre for Mental Health will also have a stand in the University’s pavilion, promoting the Centre and its work.

The National Eisteddfod is Wales’ leading festival held annually during the first week of August and attracting up to 160,000 visitors.


Notes to editors

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, University President Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Three major new Research Institutes, offering radical new approaches to neurosciences and mental health, cancer stem cells and sustainable places were announced by the University in 2010.

For further information contact

Jill Wilmott-Doran, Public Relations, Cardiff University, Tel: 02920 870298; email: