Build A Better World – Engineering & Technology Day

The Explorium

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Get hands-on with engineering and technology in our Explorium. Explore innovation’s role in offshore wind energy with Vattenfall. Take part in the Greenpower kit car pit stop challenge. See how robots and will be used in future farming. Try out Anglian Water’s virtual reality headsets. Play maths games, build LEGO® bridges and have fun learning with Hethel Innovation, UEA, the Earlham Institute, EDF Energy, Learning Resources, Greenpower Education Trust and others.


Robots! Fun, Film and Future

RobotsA display of static and interactive robots. Can you beat the Microbit powered Connect 4™ playing robot arm? Take a selfie with a galactic hero. See inspirational Raspberry Pi robot projects you can build yourself, and the future of personal transportation…

The stand will display an exciting range of robots, presented to inspire visitors to explore the science and engineering of robotics.

Exhibits include:
• Simple and advanced robots that can be easily and affordably built using Raspberry Pi or Microbit computers at home.
• Autonomous driving robots, for racing and personal transportation.
• Hasbro Connect 4 ™ playing robot arm
• Sci-fi inspiration with a life-sized BB-8 3D printed static model by the BB-8 builders club.

As a professional software engineer, Paul Foster enjoys creating software and hardware solutions for the Internet of Things. With a lifelong passion for robotics, there is always at least one robot project in progress. Several of Paul’s robot projects have been used in school activities and clubs to inspire young people to follow a technical education and career path.

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Anglian Water

Discover how tech is keeping our water flowing – pop on a virtual reality headset to see what their technicians get up to and how new technologies ensure that our water and sewerage works efficiently.

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Get hands-on with Vattenfall and learn about work to harness the power of wind.

Vattenfall is a leading European energy company. For more than 100 years we have electrified industries, supplied energy to people’s homes and modernised our way of living. Our Offshore Wind Farm Projects, Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas are part of our drive to make fossil-free living possible within one generation.


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Newton A-level CREST Project

Discover what this group of A level students have developed using microprocessors!

The Newton A level Programme at INTO UEA is a unique programme that provides the only opportunity to study A levels on a UK university campus.


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Play Games, Learn Maths

abacusIn this drop-in workshop, you will be introduced to seemingly simple maths problems that turn out to be much deeper than they first appear. Some problems will be solved… but others will be left intriguingly open.

The Bridges of Konigsberg: Build a Lego model of ‘The Bridges of Konigsberg’ and try to solve the problem of crossing every bridge exactly once. This is Euler’s historic problem and the birth of graph theory.

The 3n+1 conjecture: Learn how to compute a simple sequence of numbers. Then the mystery deepens until we discover that “mathematics may not be ready for such problems”.

Fraction triominoes: Improve your skill with fractions by completing a triominoes puzzle.

Pascal’s triangle: Build Pascal’s triangle and uncover the hidden patterns in it.

Plus even more ludic and elucidating activities.

Dr Gordon Collins is a Learning Enhancement Tutor for Mathematics and Statistics at the University of East Anglia. He and his team from UEA’s Student Support Service will lead this drop-in workshop that demonstrates how we can use maths to solve problems in surprising ways!


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Robots and AI in Agriculture

cropsMachine vision for better lettuce? Drones and roaming robots to improve wheat? Imaging platforms to understand seed germination? Just a few of the things that the Zhou Group at the Earlham Institute are making possible, using machine learning and robotics through platforms such as CropQuant, SeedGerm and AirSurf-Lettuce.

With the maturation of high-throughput and low-cost genotyping platforms, the current bottleneck in plant breeding and crop research lies in phenotyping. The Zhou Group at the Earlham Institute focus on developing multi-scale crop phenotyping technologies to enable the acquisition of high-quality sensor- and image-based plant data in the field as well as in greenhouses. Based on large crop and climate datasets, they concentrate on utilising state-of-the-art computer vision, image analysis, machine learning and GxE modelling techniques to extract meaningful biological knowledge to enable today’s crop improvement research.” “How do we use robots and artificial intelligence to usher in the future of precision agriculture? Come and take a look at Sheila and friends, developed by our scientists at Earlham Institute, who are coding and building the future of farming technology.

Machine vision for better lettuce? Drones and roaming robots to improve wheat? Imaging platforms to understand seed germination? Just a few of the things that the Zhou group at Earlham Institute is making possible with machine learning and robotics through platforms such as CropQuant, SeedGerm and AirSurf-Lettuce.

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Science Scribbles

Science Scribbles merchandisePick up some fantastically fun science merch at Norwich Science Festival!

Science Scribbles is an online store that sells science-themed merchandise such as fun and colourful stickers, postcards and bookmarks.

The store was created by Lauren Callender, a PhD student on a mission to encourage and inspire younger generations to pursue a career in science.

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Plus activities from EDF Energy, Hethel Innovation, Norfolk County Council, and Learning Resources.


Friday 25 October
Venue: The Forum’s Explorium
Cost: Free, drop-in
Age: All ages