Fireworks show from Matthew Tosh

Fireworks, the science of rap, and cloud making – bumper schools programme for Norwich Science Festival

Students across Norfolk can explore the science of fireworks, become a DNA detective, create clouds, go on a journey of sound or engage with rap science, with Norwich Science Festival’s new learning programme. 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 15–17 October, at host venue The Forum and partner venues such as Norwich Cathedral, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, and Norfolk Record Office. Plus, for schools that find it difficult to venture out, there’s a special ‘Science in Schools’ strand where the best STEMM providers bring the science to the classroom.

The highlight of the programme is a very explosive show – literally! ‘Fireworks – Real Science or Just Bangs?’ introduces students to the magical and explosive world of pyrotechnic science, from internationally recognised pyrotechnician Matthew Tosh. The show at OPEN Norwich – for KS2, KS3, youth groups and home-educated learners – unpicks the building blocks of firework displays to reveal how pyrotechnicians create colours, sound effects and perfectly timed bursts – all demonstrated just metres away from the audience.

Fireworks presenter and pyrotechnician, Matthew Tosh, 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.”He added: “Being part of the learning programme allows me to help students appreciate how important the sciences are across the careers spectrum, including the creative and live events industries.”

Sarah Power, Learning and Events Manager at The Forum, said: “We’re thrilled to have so many amazing shows and workshops for this year’s Learning Programme – they’re all hugely engaging, fun and educational, and give students an insight into the opportunities available in the sciences.”

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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For more information on Norwich Science Festival, please contact Jan Robertson, Norwich Science Festival Marketing Manager on / 01603 727962.

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 and John Jarrold Trust.

Explore the Norwich Science Festival website for the full programme from 21 August – – and follow Norwich Science Festival on Twitter and Facebook.

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