It's gross, messy and it's coming soon

PUBLISHED: 07:57 10 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:59 22 October 2010


Kids are being invited to watch their favourite cartoons and Hollywood movies, make and eat ice-cream and even learn to save the planet in 45 minutes - all in the name of science.

Kids are being invited to watch their favourite cartoons and Hollywood movies, make and eat ice-cream and even learn to save the planet in 45 minutes - all in the name of science.

Gone are the days of learning the chemical symbols from A-Z. Instead, school pupils can make coloured slime and exploding flour.

Basically it's an open invitation to get messy, dirty and learn at the same time.

The BA (British Association for the Advancement of Science) Festival of Science visits Norwich for a week from September 2-9 and is aimed at all ages.

The aim is to make science really fun with two particular programmes aimed at schools and sixth forms, one targeting eight-13 year olds and another for 14-19 year olds.

Schools are being urged to book the event now, though.

The festival is hosted by the UEA, Norwich Research Park and Norwich City Council. The packed programme of events includes workshops like Cartoon Science, Jurassic Jellies and the Really Gross Show.

Trevor Davies, pro-vice chancellor at the UEA, said yesterday: "The BA Festival of Science is committed to bringing science alive. An important aspect of this is inspiring young people. We are delighted to be hosting a series of engaging, fun and 'hands-on' events on the UEA campus, featuring anything from eagles to bubbles, football to hovercrafts."

The workshop Cartoon Science, for eight-11 year olds, invites youngsters to use their favourite cartoon characters to find out more about gravity, friction and fire.

Jurassic Jellies, for the same age group, gives a gooey experience of making an insect-trapped in amber "trifle" - "putting together layers of edible goodies to show how creatures died a sticky death".

And the Really Gross Show offers kids "a close look at the many slimy, stinky, crusty things that come out of our body". Other workshops include a Science Magic Show - with "erupting volcanoes, indoor snow storms, buckets of bouncy and oozy slime."

For older children, How does a Hovercraft Work gives them the chance to build their own and take it home with Eagle Heights offering an insight into the world of birds of prey and the chance to watch birds up close.

Many of the sessions are interactive with a real aim to get children to experience science hands-on - such as Seeing the Invisible, in which youngsters get the chance to investigate X-ray images and look for "invisible scientists" visiting an airport, a museum, theme park and a beach. Meanwhile, the Meaning of Life explores the origin of life as we know it and the possibilities of extraterrestrial life. Hollywood Science, for 14-19 year-olds, looks at just how realistic the science is behind some movies such as Speed, Shanghai Noon and Die Hard.

As for the Bunsen burner - that seems to be defunct!

You need to book now for sessions in the festival. For details visit or ring 0207 019 4963.

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