This event happened in the past (2018 edition)

Technology day

The Explorium

This is an event from the 2018 edition

Create a 3D model of yourself, with the help of staff and students from Norwich University of the Arts (NUA). Learn about bio batteries with UEA, and DNA sequencing with the Earlham Institute. Visit the Learning Resources® showcase to see toys that encourage a love of technology. Plus activities from sponsor Vattenfall; EDF Energy; Network Rail; Hethel Engineering Centre; UEA; BBC and more.

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Create a 3D model of yourself – NUA

Staff and students from Norwich University of the Arts new BSc courses (Games Development, Interaction Design and User Experience Design) will demonstrate cutting-edge 3D scanning equipment. Members of the public will be invited to create 3D models of themselves and then view them in a 3D environment. Through this process, NUA hopes to stimulate general discussion with the public about 3D scanning: how does it work and what can it be used for?

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Super-charged plants

Plants need light to survive, but what happens if we change the amount of light they get in a day? Or the colour of the light? Find out with the Norwich Biomakers as we introduce technologies that take things to the extreme with super speed breeding!

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Anglian Water

See how technology is helping keep our water safe and clean, and how virtual reality is used by Anglian Water staff.

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Batteries, bacteria, action!

Stop by this interactive display to see different types of energy in action, identify materials that conduct electricity and watch special bacteria producing electricity as a waste-product! You’ll see the power of biobatteries and enter the world of virtual reality to explore an electrically conductive protein discovered by UEA researchers, who’ll be on hand to chat about their latest research.


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Network Rail

Ever wondered what it takes to keep Britain’s trains on the rails? Network Rail own, operate and develop over 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, and thousands of tunnels, signals, level crossing, points and stations. Join in with activities on Engineering Day including bridge-building and measuring structures.

Network Rail also manage rail timetabling and operate 20 of the largest stations. Our role is to provide a safe, reliable and efficient railway, while growing and upgrading the network to better serve passengers and freight. Through our Railway Upgrade Plan, we are delivering £130m of improvements every week. Working in partnership as one railway, alongside the Government and industry, we are making a £50bn investment, spreading opportunity across the country. This means more trains, and services that are faster, more reliable and more comfortable. This is the biggest and most ambitious upgrade the network has seen in over 150 years, and our great people are delivering it.

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Developing Experts

A stand about the electromagnetic spectrum and how we can send messages using different forms of light (e.g. radio, microwaves and fibre optics). Can you crack the hidden code, using radio and/or light signals? Plus find out about higher-energy electromagnetic radiation such as X-rays and gamma rays.

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Developing Experts

Explore electricity in virtual reality – EDF Energy

Pop on one of EDF Energy’s virtual reality headsets and explore inside electricity. Users are able to journey inside a nuclear reactor at the atomic level and watch the fission process as it happens.

EDF Energy Sizewell B has over 530 employees and 250 contractors and is worth £40million each year to the local economy. The Sizewell visitor centre has welcome over 30,000 visitors since it reopened in 2012 and people can book a tour of the power station by emailing

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Learning Resources

Learning Resources® is the leader in educational toys with a mission to help kids love to learn. Children will be given the opportunity to play with fun and exciting toys including Botley™ the coding robot – a friendly robot that will help teach kids critical coding skills.

BotleyLearning Resources® will be demonstrating toys that are not only fun and exciting but also develop STEM learning. Toys on show that kids can enjoy include Botley the coding robot – an award-winning robot that has appeared on BBC Breakfast and is the fun, friendly way for children as young as 5 to learn coding.

Botley™ is entirely screen-free: no tablets or smartphones are required. Botley™ is ready to use straight out of the box comes with a full activity set, allowing children to create obstacle courses for endless hours of coding fun.

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Electric Car Racing! – Greenpower Education Trust

Greenpower Education Trust believes that the most successful way of sparking an interest in engineering is by providing young people with an engaging real-life project. Our highly successful challenge to design, build and race a single seat electric car uses the excitement of motorsport to inspire students from primary to university level to get into STEM studies whilst also providing valuable soft skills.

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The pink pigeon trail – Earlham Institute

Pink pigeons are on the brink of extinction. From the same home as the dodo in Mauritius, these birds were almost lost forever before their population was resurrected from just ten individuals. Now there are several hundred in the wild, but they are still under threat.

Come and find out about the pink pigeon’s peril through a fun and educational tour, where you’ll discover the important work Earlham Institute does on ‘conservation genomics’ – helping not only pink pigeons but many other animals including koalas, black-footed ferrets and hen harriers.

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Sequencing the NedOME

The Earlham Institute is at the cutting edge of life science research. One way we contribute to understanding life is through genome sequencing – and our scientists not only embrace the latest kit but also write important software and algorithms which allow scientists worldwide to make important discoveries.

This year, we will be showcasing our research on real-time genome sequencing, using the Oxford Nanopore MinION to sequence the genome our PhD student, Ned Peel, who is doing important work using this kit. Alongside this live sequencing experiment, we will be showcasing our LEGO sequencer, which will shed light on the basics of DNA sequencing.

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