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‘You don’t have to be the next Einstein’ - 25-year-old hosts event to show science is for everyone

PUBLISHED: 15:39 11 March 2017 | UPDATED: 13:00 12 March 2017

Six-year-olds Dylan Sugg and Joyce Hui study a tornado made from swirling water in a bottle at the Science Day at Eaton Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Six-year-olds Dylan Sugg and Joyce Hui study a tornado made from swirling water in a bottle at the Science Day at Eaton Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Copyright: Archant 2017

A soon-to-be scientist and young mum has attracted more than 450 people to a science day in Norwich to show that anyone can love the field - regardless of their background.

Jessica Suter. Picture: Sonya Duncan Jessica Suter. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Despite a love for science, 25-year-old Jessica Suter, who lives in Bowthorpe, left school aged 16 and moved into a career in public relations.

But when she fell pregnant with daughter Sofia, now four, and began suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum - a very severe form of morning sickness - she had the space to reconsider her future.

It was a second chance to do what she loved - and after teaching herself GCSE and A-Level science she embarked on a biochemistry degree at the Open University, which she is due to finish this year, and started work in a laboratory at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Anastasia Suter, two, takes a close look at a foot skeleton with her mum Lindsey Guy at the Science Day at Eaton Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Anastasia Suter, two, takes a close look at a foot skeleton with her mum Lindsey Guy at the Science Day at Eaton Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

On Saturday, she held a science day at Eaton Park Community Centre, to show others that science is an option for everyone.

She said: “It was a massive success - 458 people ended up coming.

“The idea behind it was to show people that you don’t have to be the next Einstein and you can enjoy science whoever you are.

Children holds hands for the electricity to light the glass bar as they take part in the Science Day at Eaton Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Children holds hands for the electricity to light the glass bar as they take part in the Science Day at Eaton Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“Promoting diversity and equality in science is really important, and with my background it seemed silly not to do something.”

Hundreds of families visited Saturday’s event, which saw scientists show off microscopes and robotic arms, the RSPB entertain youngsters with crafts and Mini Professors unlock science for pre-school children.

The University of East Anglia’s child scientists played memory games with visitors, while Norwich Fitness Club also attended.

Sam Cook, five, is delighted to  light the lights in the glass bar by holding each end running the electricity through his body during the Science Day at Eaton Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Sam Cook, five, is delighted to light the lights in the glass bar by holding each end running the electricity through his body during the Science Day at Eaton Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Graphic artist Rebecca Osborne spoke to children about how anyone can be a scientist, and how science features in our every day lives.

Looking to the future, Miss Suter said she wasn’t sure what lies ahead - but that another science day would be on the cards.

“I’m just so stunned, it’s been such a journey - I’ll keep my lab job as I love it, but I’m trying to figure out what’s next,” she said.

Charlie Cooper, five, balances a bird on his nose during the Science Day at Eaton Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Charlie Cooper, five, balances a bird on his nose during the Science Day at Eaton Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“I’d like to organise another event - I’m so pleased with how this went.”

• Do you know someone with a story to tell? Email lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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