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Science festival to inspire bright sparks

Published on 19/10/18

The next generation of scientists are set to be inspired with a week of hands-on activities and events hosted by Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form as part of Norwich Science Festival.

The sixth form hosts an awe-inspiring array of activities over the October half term, exploring scientific wonders from outer space to the depths of the ocean floor with talks from top scientists, hands-on workshops, and thrill-packed shows.

Here are some of the family-friendly events taking place at Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form throughout the week.

Friday, October 19

YouTuber and Blue Peter presenter Greg Foot takes a journey to the deep ocean for the story of his submarine voyage 1,000 feet under the sea.

Saturday, October 20

Explorer and geologist Huw James shares his tips for surviving in some of the world’s most extreme environments, The Ugly Animal Roadshow celebrates some of nature’s most weird and wonderful creatures, and Dr Ben Garrod’s Dinosaurs! show reveals fascinating facts you never knew about the largest beasts ever to roam the planet.

Sunday, October 21

Maddie’s Mission To Mars sees children’s presenter Maddie Moate looking for a team of new recruits for her Astronaut Academy to take a journey through the solar system.

Monday, October 22

University of Leicester geologist Jane MacArthur travels back in time four billion years by taking a microscopic look at meteorites, and The Little People’s Drama Company takes tots on a Space Adventure inspired by Oliver Jeffers’ picture book How To Catch A Star.

Tuesday, October 23

Kids of all ages can get creative at the Big Lego Build, brick-filled with challenges and a giant collaborative model, Dr Ken Farquhar’s illusion-packed show explores the magic of mirrors, and Great British Bake-Off finalist Andrew Smyth investigates the links between baking and space travel.

Wednesday, October 24

Hands-on activities exploring the latest technologies mean you can get cracking with code in the Raspberry Pi Jamwich, and turn your imaginative models into reality in a 3D Design And Print workshop.

Thursday, October 25

Learn about the secrets of sunlight and how life on our planet couldn’t survive without the Sun, and take part in a cookery session with a difference in the Kitchen Chemistry Show.

Friday, October 26

The DNA Detectives will be in action finding out what DNA is and how it can help track down a thief, and there’s a special session for children with autism or Asperger's.

Saturday, October 27

Hold your nose as BBC Gastronaut Stefan Gates launches his explosive new science show, Fartology.

For full listings, times, and to book tickets visit

Photos: Norwich Science Festival