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Physics Fest & Astronomy Day

The Explorium

This is an event from the 2019 edition

The Explorium
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A day dedicated to everything from the structure of atoms to the vastness of the Universe. Get hands-on with physics and astronomy – measure the speed of light for yourself, discover the joys of astronomy and how to get started, and see some astro images. Activities and stands from the Institute of Physics, DASH Astro, Orwell Astronomical Society, Norwich Astronomical Society, Shaun Reynolds, ITV Weather, Greenpeace and Science Scribbles.


DASH Astro

Astronomers will be present all day to discuss and demonstrate all areas of astronomy, including astrophotography, spectroscopy, radio, solar, visual, cosmology. We will have activities for the young and the not so young. If you are familiar/not familiar with these areas come and talk to us. A registered STEM Ambassador will be present to talk to teachers.

Darsham and Surrounding Hamlets Astronomical Society are a new astronomy society located in Darsham with a registered Dark Sky Discovery Site. We are interested and active in all areas of astronomy and attend many public events. We are heavily involved in school science and would not be out of place in any STEM project. We are particularly noted for our welcoming and friendly get-togethers, frequently with a 50% female attendance.


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Orwell Astronomical Society

Discover the joys of astronomy with help from Orwell Astronomical Society. Find out how to use a planisphere, and which binoculars or telescopes can help you search the night skies. Plus younger Festiver-goers can colour in the planets or try an astronomy word search.

Orwell Astronomical Society in Ipswich was founded in 1967. It is based at Orwell Park Observatory Nacton and its members include experienced and beginners in astronomy and meet once or twice a week.

Orwell Astronomical Society

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Norwich Astronomical Society

Join the Norwich Astronomical Society to measure the speed of light for yourself. Enter the competition  to guess the distance to celestial objects! Winners receive free family entrance to a Norwich Astronomical Society public talk of their choice from the 2019-20 season.

The Norwich Astronomical Society are based at the Seething Observatory, Thwaite St Mary and are a charitable organisation. The outreach activities are aimed to educate and encourage the public to become aware of and interested in astronomy. We also have facilities which are available for use by members for astronomical observations.

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ITV Anglia Weather

Have a go at TV weather presenting with the team from ITV Anglia – it’s not as easy as it looks. Explore the science behind extreme weather events, heatwaves, floods and blizzards with meteorologists Aisling Creevey and Chris Page.

Aisling CreeveyAisling Creevey is from Ireland and grew up in Leixlip. She started her career as a weather forecaster in 2009 with MeteoGroup UK, and joined the Met Office three years later to become a low flying aviation specialist. She then moved on to become a media specialist at the BBC. Aisling was a G.I.S (Geographic Information Systems) technician working on a pilot project to help improve flooding defences along the east coast of Ireland. She has a Masters in Meteorology, a degree in Maths and Economics and is a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society.

Chris Page is local to the Anglia region being born and bred in Norwich, Norfolk. In 2013, after completing a degree in Physical Geography at the University of Reading and travelling around the world for six months he joined the Met Office. During his meteorologist training he was posted to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire and with the Army Air Corps in Wattisham, Suffolk. During his time at the Met Office he was lucky enough to do some overseas forecasting in the tropics on Ascension Island for the military. He presented the weather for the Met Office and Channel 5 before coming to ITV Anglia.

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Space images – Shaun Reynolds Photography

Shaun Reynolds imagesShaun Reynolds, a photographer with thirty years of experience, will exhibit his astronomical photography. Reynold’s main focus is the night sky, specialising in deep space astrophotography and wide-field Milky Way shots.

He has had many publications in astronomy magazines and newspapers and has been shortlisted for both the Astro Photographer of the Year award at the Royal Observatory and the UK Astro Photographer of the year in 2016.

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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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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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Cartooning Science

ErrantScience highlights the lighter side of science, research and academia. The aim is to provide an amusing insight into the world of research. ErrantScience was founded by Dr Matthew Partridge in 2014, and Dr Michelle Reeve officially joined as a partner in 2018. Matthew is the cartoonist and a writer, and Michelle is a writer, proofreader, and generally tries to be the organised one. Together they produce a regular blog and cartoons, workshops and talks, and science-themed cartoon merchandise.

Come along to learn how draw your own science comics! We’ll be there with some worksheets and guidance to help you find your doodle creativity. Is there some science you don’t understand? Write it down and watch our cartoonist do some live drawing – it might be your question being cartooned!

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Plus activities from Greenpeace.


Saturday 26 October
Venue: The Forum’s Explorium
Cost: Free, drop-in
Age: All ages