Explore the wonders of food and how what we eat impacts on our health. Learn how technology is helping us to keep fit and understand our bodies, with Fitness Space. Help squash food waste with Norwich Pumpkin Rescue and Norwich City Council – try free tasty pumpkin treats, see interactive shows from Mad Science and more. With the John Innes Centre, discover how starch is present not just in potatoes but in lots of different materials – stop by for the iodine staining, stay for the Playdoh! Plus activities from Anglian Water, Greenpeace, UEA, the Quadram Institute, Food & Farming Discovery Trust and more.
Join the Keep It Clear team to discover the importance of disposing of fats, oils, grease and food waste responsibly (not down the drain or toilet). Plus the team introduce a new food digester to recycle food waste.
Learn how technology is helping us to understand our bodies and keep fit, with Fitness Space. Come and see how the skill mill is powered just with movement. Or why not try out the skill row? Enjoy yoga demonstrations or even have a go at a bit of hula hooping! Plus, do you dare step on the Tanita machine and get a body composition analysis – including weight, body fat percentage, body fat mass, body mass index (BMI), fat free mass, estimated muscle mass, total body water, and basal metabolic rate (BMR) ? There’s no hiding from technology!
It’s Written in the Starch
Starch is present in lots of different materials – not just potatoes! Stop by for the iodine staining, stay for the Playdoh! Get hands-on to discover more about starch and where it is found.
Dr Erica Hawkins is a Postdoctoral Scientist at the John Innes Centre on the Norwich Research Park.
Food is More Clever than you Think
Let UEA take you shopping! Have a browse and learn about healthy choices, sniff some bioactives and nab some healthy recipe suggestions.
Gemma Beasy is a Postgraduate Researcher in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia, based at the Quadram Institute.
Jenna Helleur is a Postgraduate Researcher in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia.
Rose Davidson is a Senior Research Associate in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia.
Help squash food waste with the Norwich Pumpkin Rescue and Norwich City Council – sample free tasty pumpkin treats, see interactive shows from Mad Science, guess the weight of the monstrous pumpkin, spooky face painting, grow your own tips and much more.
18,000 tonnes of pumpkin are thrown away each year at Halloween. That’s the same weight as 1,500 double decker buses! So if you love pumpkins (and food generally!), come along and help us squash food waste! The fourth Norwich Pumpkin Rescue uses everyone’s favourite spooky staple as a prop to talk about the edible food we throw away and the easy steps we can take to eat it instead. It’s a celebration of food that challenges preconceptions, teaches new skills and has plenty of fun along the way!
Pick 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.
Crops – Food & Farming Discovery Trust
The Food and Farming Discovery Trust’s aim as an educational trust is to coordinate and communicate existing food, farming and countryside educational activity in Norfolk.
The British Heart Foundation Big Top
Take a trip to the BHF Big Top — a circus-themed travelling show focusing on the life-saving research we fund. From drug design to healing hearts, roll up and take on a fairground of fun, including:
Beat the Biology – Hit the antibodies as fast as you can and protect the heart from inflammation. Use the hammer to hit the ‘bad’ antibodies (red). Try to avoid hitting the ‘good’ antibodies (green) or you might weaken your body’s defences against infection!
Gene Pool – Find the cells that could hold the genetic key to heart healing as quickly as you can. Jump into our gene pool filled with different cells found in the heart, and try to find potential heart-healing cells as quickly as you can.
Ring Toss – Throw the rings and see which pegs you land on – each peg represents a different area of heart regeneration research.
The British Heart Foundation funds over £100 million of research each year into all heart and circulatory diseases and the things that cause them.
Plus facepainting, and activities from Greenpeace.
Please note that the cookery demo from Richard Bainbridge is no longer happening, and BUG Recipes are now not attending.
Saturday 19 October
Venue: The Forum’s Explorium
Cost: Free, drop-in
Age: All ages