This event happened in the past (2019 edition)

Molecular Materials – Chemistry Day

The Explorium

This is an event from the 2019 edition

The Explorium

Sponsored by

Briar Chemicals

Discover how small molecules can have a big impact, and how chemistry shapes the world around us. Challenge yourself to engineer your own enzyme, and have fun with pharmacy. Find out how medicines work their way through your body to get to where they’re needed.

Activities from Briar Chemicals, Anglian Water, UEA, Mini Professors, Greenpower Education Trust, Norfolk Waste Partnership, NUA and Learning Resources.


Norfolk Recycles

Norfolk Recycles Bean bag gameHave a go a the ‘right thing, right bin’ bean bag throwing game and an interactive miniature version of the recycling centre at Costessey. Take part in the recycling roadshow from RECOUP, which explains the recycling journey of plastics packaging, how it is reprocessed and made into new products. The exhibition also explains to visitors the reasons why recyclers are asked to pre-prepare their recycling such as ’empty, squash and tops on’ for plastic drinks bottles. Experts will be available to answer questions.

Norfolk Recycles is a partnership of all local authorities in the county, working together to increase recycling and reduce contamination.

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Pit Stop Challenge

Pit Stop Challenge at NSF 2018Take part in the Greenpower pit stop challenge on their kit car.

How fast can you do the Pit Stop Challenge? Greenpower challenge you to remove all four wheels and the steering wheel of the kit car, and replace them again. Will your team get the fastest time?

Greenpower Education Trust is a UK based charity which gets young people enthusiastic about science and engineering by challenging them to design, build and race an electric car.

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Anglian Water

Join the Anglian Water central labs team looking at water quality, testing and tasting.

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Engineer your Own Enzyme

Once upon a time there was a farmer who had to defend himself against a nasty fungus, so he used… an oat plant!

Build some enzymes and molecules and prepare for battle!

Hans Pfalzgraf is a Postgraduate Researcher in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia.



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Fun with Pharmacy 

Fun with PharmacyWhen you’re poorly, you might go to your local pharmacy to get some medicine. But how does the pharmacist know which medicine to give you? And who created the medicine in the first place? Find out what goes on behind the scenes to make the medicines that help you feel better, with UEA’s School of Pharmacy.

Dr Rosemary Norton is a Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy at the University of East Anglia.



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Challenging Channels

PillsYou might take medicine if you have a fever or a headache… but have you ever wondered how medicines get to where they’re needed? Join UEA’s Dr Leanne Stokes and her team to find how the chemicals in medicines interact with the cells in our bodies, and how ion channels get the medicines to where they’re needed most.

Dr Leanne Stokes is a Lecturer in Pharmacology in the School of Pharmacy at the University of East Anglia.


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Colourful Chemicals with Mini Professors

Join the Mini Professors at our experiment table as we have fun with some colourful chemistry!

Mini Professors Digestion and RespirationMini Professors is a hands-on science programme that has been designed specifically for 2 to 5 year olds. We offer preschool classes, nursery sessions and school sessions! We aim to make science fun and enjoyable for pre-school children. Every class is different, with a completely new and exciting scientific topic being taught each week. Each lesson is packed full of experiments, stories and fun! We cover everything from dinosaurs to electricity, chemical reactions to space and much, much more! We also offer an EY and KS1 Schools Programme. Mini Professors Norwich is run by Dr Lucy Catto, a former research scientist and an active STEM Ambassador.

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Plastic What Now! – BBC

Deliver a live TV report in our green screen studio; it’s just like being a news reporter on BBC Look East.

See yourself on the studio monitors in front of an animated film as you read your script from an autocue about our use of plastics and what we do next.



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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Bringing Learning to Life – ICT Solutions

Visit our digital showcase to get hands on experience with the latest edtech, focusing on how immersive technology can engage children with learning activities. We will have fun, interactive activities for children (and parents) including Virtual Reality (VR), Minecraft, Sphero Bolts and other programmable robots.

ICT Solutions part of Norfolk County Council are transforming how technology is used within education establishments across East Anglia to increase student engagement. ICT is no longer just a laptop, phone – but a mechanism that can enhance Childrens learning and engagement.  The use of technology has the power to transform the delivery of educational content, immersing children into the worlds they are learning about.

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Plus activities from Norwich University of the Arts, Beyond the Spectacle, and Learning Resources.


Thursday 24 October
Venue: The Forum’s Explorium
Cost: Free, drop-in
Book: All ages