Top 10 ways to enjoy Norwich Science Festival at no extra cost

Norwich Science Festival 2018 - Women In Science, Angela Saini. Photo: Norwich Science Festival

Norwich Science Festival 2018 - Women In Science, Angela Saini. Photo: Norwich Science Festival - Credit: Norwich Science Festival

As part of our ongoing Norwich Science Festival coverage, today we take a look at how to get involved with the fantastic programme without spending a penny! Put your wallet away and prepare to be thoroughly spoiled.

Norwich Science Festival 2018 - Women In Science, Angela Saini. Photo: Norwich Science Festival

Norwich Science Festival 2018 - Women In Science, Angela Saini. Photo: Norwich Science Festival - Credit: Norwich Science Festival

Science Exploriums

Every day the Forum will play host to a different Explorium theme, featuring workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions and entertainment.

Norwich Science Festival 2018 - Women In Science, Angela Saini. Photo: Norwich Science Festival

Norwich Science Festival 2018 - Women In Science, Angela Saini. Photo: Norwich Science Festival - Credit: Norwich Science Festival


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Explore astronomy, physics, chemistry and technology over nine days of completely free activity based fun.

Visit https://norwichsciencefestival.co.uk/ for details.

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Dangerous Neighbours: Living with Volcanoes

Norwich Science Festival 2018 - Women In Science, Angela Saini. Photo: Norwich Science Festival

Norwich Science Festival 2018 - Women In Science, Angela Saini. Photo: Norwich Science Festival - Credit: Norwich Science Festival

Volcanoes in Guatemala and Hawai'i have hit the headlines with their alarming and destructive behaviour.

However, there are always one or two eruptions rumbling on, and more often than not communities can cope with the challenges they bring.

Join Prof Jenni Barclay from the UEA School of Environmental Sciences on a tour of volcanic eruptions and the many clever ways we learn to live them.

Saturday, October 20 6.30pm–7.30pm The Forum, Auditorium Free, booking required Age 10+

Norwich Science Festival 2018 - Women In Science, Angela Saini. Photo: Norwich Science Festival

Norwich Science Festival 2018 - Women In Science, Angela Saini. Photo: Norwich Science Festival - Credit: Norwich Science Festival

Space Descent with Tim Peake

Ever wanted to be an astronaut? Step aboard the VR Experience bus to find out how it feels to journey through space! Strap on a Gear VR and experience an incredible descent from the International Space Station in stunning virtual reality, narrated by astronaut Tim Peake.

Undertake space training and learn how to launch a rocket and how to land the Soyuz capsule. Experience a digital spacewalk and have a selfie in space!

Norwich Science Festival 2018 - Women In Science, Angela Saini. Photo: Norwich Science Festival

Norwich Science Festival 2018 - Women In Science, Angela Saini. Photo: Norwich Science Festival - Credit: Norwich Science Festival

Presented by Samsung and the Science Museum Group.

Sunday & Monday October 21, 22 10am–4pm Outside The Forum Free, drop-in Age 13+ (for virtual reality)

Head in the Stars: How I Became an Astrophysicist

In this fascinating talk, UEA astrophysicist Robert Ferdman will speak about the influences behind his career choice and fascination with astronomy.

He will tell the story of how he became an astrophysicist, plus the research and other exciting opportunities that he's encountered on his career path.

Monday, October 22 11am–12pm The Forum, Auditorium Free, booking required All ages

Robot Rumpus

Join the Kastle Kids team for a day packed full of robot fun! Robot stories, robot crafts, robot testing and you can even meet Ro:Bot, the life-size robot!

The Kastle Kids storyteller will read the popular children's books Robot Rumpus and No-Bot The Robot With No Bottom! Children will be able to make their own walking robot out of card plus decorate their own robot mask.

Kids are invited to test some robotic toys out with the Kastle Kids team and learn about how they work. Plus children will have chance to meet Ro:bot the walking, talking robot!

Tuesday, October 23 11am–3pm Castle Mall Free, drop-in Age 3+

Chemistry Breakout!

The British Science Association Norwich are back with another exciting science-filled adventure!

You are trapped in the lab and must use your scientific skills to escape! Conduct hands-on experiments and solve chemical conundrums to crack the ultimate code and unlock the door.

Thursday, October 25 10am–4pm every 15 mins, last entry 3.30pm The Forum, Gallery Free, booking recommended Age 10+

Bio-hacking: Design your Future Food

We're in an exciting era of biology. Science is no longer restricted to academic labs or big industry, but is being spun out all over the world in exciting startups working on everything from colour changing flowers to nutrient-rich algae.

Come along to this talk by Peter Bickerton from the Earlham Institute to explore biohacking, play with DNA and design your very own future food.

Wednesday, October 24 3pm–4.15pm The Forum, Gallery Free, booking required Age 12+

Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate, Green Tea and Broccoli

Natural food compounds can have positive effects on health – we call compounds that are known to induce biological health effects 'food bioactive'.

In this talk, Jenna Helleur from the School of Biological Sciences at UEA will discuss food bioactives in foods such as broccoli, green tea, cocoa, red grapes, red wine and kale, in the context of improving health and preventing disease in the cardiovascular system, cancer and diabetes onset.

Thursday, October 25 3pm–4pm The Forum, Auditorium Free, booking required All ages

Tree Listening

Ever wondered what the inside of a tree sounds like?

The Tree Listening Project uses highly sensitive microphones to make audible the inner workings of trees. While listening to the headphones hanging from the branches you will hear the wonderful hidden sounds of the tree.

Saturday, October 20 10am–12pm, 1pm–3pm Chapelfield Gardens Free, drop-in All ages

The Global Garden

This science, art and writing workshop presents an opportunity to break down the barriers between arts and science.

Plants produce a stunning array of chemicals, many of which are valuable natural products used by humans. Some of the most interesting plant species are found in remote locations across the globe, where indigenous people often have a long-standing relationship with the natural products they produce.

Thursday, October 25 10am–5pm Millennium Library, Vernon Castle Room Free, booking required Age 16+

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