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Wrexham Science Festival 2012 dates revealed

Organisers of the Wrexham Science Festival have revealed the dates of the 2012 festival – as they prepare to welcome the 1,050 mph Bloodhound car project as a follow-up to this year’s record-breaking series of events.

The 2012 Wrexham Science Festival will run from Thursday 19 to Friday 27 July 2012 at venues across Wrexham and North East Wales.

Confirmation of the dates comes ahead of a visit by the Bloodhound SSC car team to Glyndŵr University’s Wrexham campus on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 November 2011.

The car has been designed to run at speeds of up to 1,050 mph and is jet and rocket powered to the equivalent of 180 Formula 1 cars.

The build phase of the project is due to start at the end of 2011 ready for an assault on the land-speed record of 1,000mph in 2012.

Led by Richard Noble, the individuals involved have been handpicked to ensure Bloodhound SSC is a global success.

The event will provide a unique opportunity for the public to find out about the science and engineering behind the project.

A series of events aimed at students, schools, businesses and the community are planned and will be announced nearer the time.

Dr Helen James, chair of the Wrexham Science Festival and Pro Vice-Chancellor at Glyndŵr University, said: “We’re delighted to confirm the return of the Wrexham Science Festival for another year. For more than a decade, the event has inspired enthusiasm for science amongst thousands of people from north east Wales and even further afield.

“As the only university in north east Wales, Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting take-up of careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), as well as providing STEM support to local and regional industry.

“Events such as the Wrexham Science Festival offer a tremendous opportunity for us to do this. The 2011 event was our most successful to date and there can be no better way to round it off than welcoming the Bloodhound car to the university. I’m excited already!”

Many festival events involve Techniquest Glyndŵr, the popular science discovery centre based at Glyndŵr University’s Wrexham campus. The centre is open throughout the year – for more information go to www.tqg.org.uk.

To join the Wrexham Science Festival mailing list and receive updates about the Bloodhound event and WSF2012 email wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk or call 01978 293466.

Follow the festival via its website www.wrexhamsf.com, on Facebook by searching for Wrexham Science Festival or on Twitter @wrexhamscifest.

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