Fireworks - Real Science or Just Bangs

Explosive show highlight of Norwich Science Festival learning programme

It’s not every day that a school lesson is full of bangs, fireworks and explosions, but that’s exactly what students can expect from the headline Norwich Science Festival learning show.

Fireworks – Real Science or Just Bangs?’ will provide plenty of spectacular explosive action, but also delves into the science, technology, engineering and mathematics behind such displays. Matthew Tosh, the internationally recognised pyrotechnician and presenter behind the show, said: “If you think this is a chemistry show, then think again! There are physics, biology and psychology aspects too, which all combine with the artistry. I’ll be using specialist indoor pyrotechnics and yes, people enjoy the bangs, but it is the unexpected power of the pyrotechnic whistle that often gets audiences talking.”

This headline learning show takes place at OPEN Norwich on Wednesday 17 October, with shows for KS2 and KS3 students, and for home-educated learners and youth groups. It is part of Norwich Science Festival’s learning programme (15–17 October), which also features events where students can create clouds, go on a journey of sound, draw with light, or engage with rap science. The programme engages students with STEMM subjects – science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine – through fun, stimulating workshops and shows. The events, for schools, youth groups and home-educated learners, take place at host venue The Forum and partner organisations. Plus, for schools that find it difficult to venture out, there’s a special ‘Science in Schools’ strand where the best STEMM providers bring science to the classroom. Teachers are also invited to join in a free, informal early evening ‘TeachMeet’ event (Friday 12 October) full of fun and inspiring ways to teach science. Plus, as part of the main Festival, there’s a special Women in Science panel where key women scientists and academics discuss how to encourage the next generation to be the scientists of tomorrow.

Sarah Power, Learning and Events Manager at The Forum, said: “We can’t wait to learn about the science behind fireworks in this exciting event. If schools, youth group leaders and home-educators are looking for something different, stimulating and educational, this is the perfect show for them.”

The Festival is a partnership initiative involving many organisations from across the region, coordinated by The Forum, Norwich, with headline sponsorship from Anglian Water, and additional learning sponsorship from Developing Experts.

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Notes to editors

About the Norwich Science Festival

Celebrate the wonderful world of experiments, discoveries, exploration and innovation at Norwich Science Festival this October. Enjoy inspirational exhibitions, hands-on family activities, inspiring celebrity talks and sensational shows at The Forum, and at other venues around the city. This is a festival for all age groups and all levels of knowledge. The 2018 Festival patrons are Mark Thompson – astronomer, broadcaster and author, and Ben Garrod – evolutionary biologist and great ape conservationist. A Learning Programme for schools, colleges, home-educated learners and youth groups runs 15–17 October. The 2018 headline sponsor is Anglian Water, with additional sponsorship from Developing Experts, University Technical College Norfolk, Vattenfall, Briar Chemicals, and KLM UK Engineering, and funding from Foyle Foundation, Geoffrey Watling Trust, Norfolk County Council, Norwich BID, and John Jarrold Trust.

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About The Forum

  • The Forum, in the centre of Norwich, is one of the UK’s most successful Millennium projects.
  • It’s a public building, open seven days a week, all year round (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).
  • Everyone is welcome. Most of the public events, exhibitions and activities which take place at The Forum are free.
  • The Forum Trust is the independent, self-financing, charitable organisation which manages The Forum building.
  • It is responsible for The Forum’s continued development, growth and innovation.
  • The Trust works with many partners to ensure The Forum plays a valuable role in the community.
  • Details about the charitable ‘project purpose’ which underpins The Forum are on the website