Norwich Science Festival to host week of school sessions before main events kick off

The launch of the 2016 Norwich Science Festival.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The launch of the 2016 Norwich Science Festival. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Schoolchildren, sixth formers and youth groups can explore the world in a week of learning leading up to a popular science festival.

Launch of Norwich Science Festival 2016 at the Forum. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Launch of Norwich Science Festival 2016 at the Forum. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Before the main public event kicks off during the October half term, Norwich Science Festival will host a learning programme - a week of sessions, talks and workshops for schools, colleges, youth groups and home learners.

The week, organised by The Forum and sponsored by the Norse Group, will run from Monday, October 16 to Friday 20 this year, before the main science festival begins the following day, and runs until October 29.

Highlights of the learning programme will include Explore Science experience days, sessions aimed at secondary and sixth form students designed to make science interactive.

Adventurer Huw James will take learners on a tour of the globe with his Earth Adventures, which include interactive demonstrations and footage of the world's most extreme environments.

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Science Slam events will see students grill scientists in quick fire 15-minute sessions, which will feature live experiments.

Sarah Power, learning and events manager at The Forum, said: 'We're really excited about this year's learning programme for the Norwich Science Festival, as there's a huge array of engaging and valuable activities for all learners.

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'We want to open up this amazing world to young minds, and encourage them to consider the possibilities of science.'

Other events include Switched On - a light and shadow theatre show and workshop for primary schools from Norwich Puppet Theatre and Ripstop Theatre.

Norwich Science Festival has teamed up with Youth STEMM Award (YSA), which aims to boost teenagers' passion for science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.

Every student who attends an Explore Science day will receive a Norwich Science Festival YSA Passport so they can log participation and record activities.

Dean Wetteland, managing director of Norse Commercial Services, said: 'Through Norse's commitment to the county's education and skills development, the company is proud to support the Norwich Science Festival learning programme.'

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