Young learners are urged to explore the world this October, with the Norwich Science Festival Learning Programme – whether it is blasting off into space, diving into the deepest oceans or examining DNA.
Students, home-educated learners and youth groups have the opportunity to investigate our fascinating planet, in a dedicated learning week that runs from Monday 16 to Friday 20 October, preceding the public events which run during half term. The Learning Programme is organised by The Forum and sponsored by Norse Group.
Highlights of the Learning Programme include the Explore Science experience days at The Forum, dedicated to encouraging secondary and sixth form students interactive with science. Adventurer Huw James will take learners on a tour of some of the most amazing locations on our planet in his Earth Adventures, with interactive demonstrations and HD footage of some of the most extreme environments on Earth. Science Slams help students get face-to-face with local scientists and organisations in quick-fire 15 minute sessions that use live experiments, demos and visuals to present research in an easy-to-understand way. Dr Ken Farquhar will host a takeover stage as well as presenting a few quirky experiments of his own – including the science of juggling, magic and unusual materials.
Norwich Science Festival has teamed up with Youth STEMM Award (YSA), who provide a focused and engaging framework for young people aged 13-18 to further their passion, knowledge and skills in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine). Students can work towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold level Award, inspire the next generation, engage the public, develop skills and shape their future career in the STEMM sector. Every student attending the Explore Science days will receive a Norwich Science Festival YSA Passport in which they can log their participation and record activities.
Other events in the Learning Programme include Switched On! – a light and shadow theatre show and workshop from Norwich Puppet Theatre and Ripstop Theatre for primary schools; a home education day with workshops for different ages, and special shows for Beavers, Rainbows, Cubs, Brownies, Scouts and Guides.
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. We want to open up this amazing world to young minds, and encourage them to consider the possibilities of science.”
Dean Wetteland, Managing Director, 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.”
Whether you are looking to bring an individual home-educated learner, a class, a whole year group or a youth group, there is something for everyone. Also, this year there are Science In School outreach events for those schools who are unable to travel to Norwich.