Cancer Quest at Techniquest Glyndwr Success
At the start of Autumn half term, we headed up to Wrexham with members of the Wales Cancer Partnership to co-host an interactive research engagement day at Techniquest Glyndwr. The event brought together the following organisations, and was a huge success!
• Wales Cancer Research Centre
• Cancer Research Wales (CRW)
• Tenovus Cancer Care
• Macmillan Cancer Support
• Bangor University School of Chemistry
• Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
• North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research (Bangor University)
• Cancer Research UK
We provided a series of interactive activities, along with a quiz to guide visitors to every part of the event. These activities were based on the research taking place and the health-care provisions and support available to people affected by cancer in North Wales. Hannah from our research team spent most of the day in the research zone, showing children (and their parents!) what their cheek cells looked like under a microscope – which they all seemed to love! At the end of the activity we gave them a printed certificate – their ‘cell-fie’ – to take away with some information about how to keep their cells healthy.
Three Tenovus Cancer Care funded PhD students helped out over the 2 days, Tania, Nafees and Emma, and we are so grateful to them for sharing their time and knowledge!
Other researchers ran stations in which visitors could extract DNA from strawberries, make DNA bracelets, play at being doctors and try mixing medicines, and macmillan hosted a ‘Spin and Win’ game and a living tree for people to add their thoughts about the type of volunteer ‘Buddy’ support which would be helpful to them if they ever needed Macmillan Cancer Support. We also had a whacky races game and a targeted therapy game. Finally, CRW provided an amazing giant inflatable bowel, which people could walk through and learn about cancerous and pre-cancerous afflictions of the bowel!
231 visitors attended over the 2 days, and seemed to have a wonderful time – children and adults alike! You can see what we got up to by searching #CancerQuestTQG on Twitter.
Jodie Bond, spokesperson for the Wales Cancer Partnership said: “We were delighted to work with Techniquest Glyndwr on this special event. It was really rewarding to see everyone working together to teach visitors about cancer and allow them to get hands on with the science behind cancer research.
“It was wonderful to see visitors’ faces light up as they got hands on with laboratory equipment and played our interactive games. I hope that through getting children involved in our work at this event, we have gone some way to inspiring the next generation of cancer researchers."