Learning Programme Highlights

Woman in science-themed dress holding goggles up to a student as they read
Eleanor Hewitt
Norwich Science Festival, 2023

The top events to look out for in our Learning Programme this Spring!


We are thrilled to announce the launch of our 2023 Learning Programme for schools! Jam-packed with fantastic workshops and shows, this year’s programme is set to be a blast! Here are a few highlights from this year’s programme – to find out more about this year’s incredible opportunities, head to https://norwichsciencefestival.co.uk/learning


Ins and Outs: Science and Food with Fartology from Gastronaut

Expect an explosive day at the University of East Anglia (UEA) this spring as students will have the opportunity to experience a taster lecture on gut health, a tour of the fantastic UEA campus, followed by a hilarious and fascinating show by BBC Gastronaut Stefan Gates exploring the science of food and digestion with the help of vortex cannons, explosions, edible experiments and much more!

Secondary School STEMM Showdown

Compete with other schools across the county in this fantastic online interactive event hosted by BBC Astronomer, Mark Thompson! Put your class’s STEMM knowledge to the test and compete to win the 2023 title and take home the trophy! The STEMM showdown will take place on Wednesday 25th January and is free to participate! This brilliant competition is the perfect opportunity to bring the class together as a team and is also open to home-educated learners entering as individuals or as a team!

The Sainsbury Centre – Mesoamerican maths, astronomy and architecture, Felt: The Fabric of Protection, Inspired by the Arctic: Respectful and Resourceful and Materials, Mess and Mixtures

This year, the Sainsbury Centre are offering several fantastic workshops for students in KS1-KS3! Discover the maths and science of Mayan architecture, explore the arctic art of carved objects or delve into the magic of felt-making and make your own armour in these jam-packed interactive workshops bringing science and art together in a fantastic culmination of learning and creativity!

Braintastic! Science

Explore the magical science of optical illusions, memory, the senses and more with Braintastic Science! These interactive workshops and shows will be jam-packed with mind-blowing science and creative fun, with opportunities for all ages to get involved!

Food for thought!

Where does our food come from? Find out all about the journey from farm to fork in this free interactive workshop, where students will learn the impact of our food choices and the benefits of reducing our food miles. The Food and Farming Discovery Trust are also running a session especially for home-ed learners at the Millennium Forum on Wednesday 25 January!

Crime Scene Investigation

The Crime Lab are joining our programme this year with a fantastic crime scene investigation workshop; students will get the chance to explore fingerprint taking and dusting, blood spatter analysis, ballistic examination, hair and fibre analysis, FBI photofits and teeth marks! Grab your magnifying glass and book now for an incredible day of detective fun!

Cansat Rocket Launch

Blast off with Launch Access Ltd this spring! Your group or class will receive a CanSat capsule in the post, including all you need to produce your very own satellite! Once completed, book onto one of the monthly launches and watch your satellite be loaded onto a 8ft rocket, before blasting off into the sky! Set to be a fantastic activity for all ages between KS2 and KS5 to get involved – sign up now!


Don’t forget! – The Norwich Science Festival has moved and will return 11-18 February 2023! Save the date!