Earth Day at Oriel Science, April 22nd 2017

Come and meet our Directors, visit the Story of Time exhibition and meet a muttering robot!

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Oriel Science, in partnership with Swansea University, will host its unique ‘Muttering Robot’ workshop on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April 2017, from 10 am – 4 pm at Princess Way, Swansea, SA1 5HE. And it’s all FREE!


Robots work in factories and warehouses, hospitals, people's homes and even on Mars! Researchers from the Universities of Swansea and Bath want to find out if we can understand what robots are doing by watching them and listening to them.

Come and see the R5 Robot and see if you can tell what it's up to from its mutterings!

Oriel Science Muttering Robot

Visitors will be able to watch the robot go about its business, as it moves around its 'robot pen'. After a few minutes, you can try and work out what it’s been up to just from listen to it muttering away to itself!


Chris Allton, Director of Oriel Science said: "Oriel Science is delighted to host the 'Muttering Robots' workshop.  Robots are becoming a part of life in more and more places and are a wonderful example of how science, engineering and technology impact our everyday lives."

Oriel Science Directors Prof Chris Allton and Dr Mary Gagen will also be at Oriel Science this Saturday, Mary Gagen said: “This is a really big science weekend, its Earth Day on Saturday, Swansea is hosting the Clean Air Roadshow in Castle Square where R5’s 8ft cousin Titan the Robot will be on display! Saturday is also Science March day with marches in support of scientists and the work they do happening all over the world. Chris and I will be at Oriel Science on Saturday and we’re really looking forward to chatting with our visitors”.

For more information about Muttering Robot Designer and Experimentor, Rob Wortham, please visit his webpage:

In addition to joining the Muttering Robot workshop visitors will also be able to continue to visit ‘The ‘Story of Time’ exhibition at the venue Oriel Science venue. Where does the time go? Can time really fly? Is time just an illusion? The Story of Time exhibition answers these questions.

Guarded by the Tardis and a Back to the Future DeLorean car, visitors can meander through, interact with, listen, look, touch and generally play around with exhibits around the theme of Time. Discover how the Higgs boson, often called the “God particle”, was first detected in the mock-up of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, see a glacial calving in Greenland, tell the time with tree rings, witness the history of the universe displayed on a 30 metre time wall, and hear the sounds of deep space as you watch a time lapse video of the southern stars.

Suitable for all ages, Oriel Science’s mission is to bring the wonders of Science to the public through exhibitions on a scientific theme, which will inspire visitors to think and explore how science and technology impact their daily lives.

Oriel Science is located in Princess Way, Swansea, SA1 5HE. Between Castle Square and The Kingsway, next to Zinco Lounge.

Admission is free and is open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am till 4pm. Available for school visits (during the week) by appointment. Please email:



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