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Thetford Grammar School makes experimental festival a success




The first Norfolk Science Festival was hosted last weekend by Thetford Grammar School.

The event opened on Friday, March 29, in the town’s Carnegie Room, with Helen Sharman OBE giving a talk about her life as Britain’s first astronaut, called Out of this World.

She explained it all began after hearing an advert for astronauts on the radio when she was a chemist, working in a chocolate factory and also talked about her time in space.

Danny Coates with Freddie, five, makes test tube traffic lights at the festival Picture by Mecha Morton
Danny Coates with Freddie, five, makes test tube traffic lights at the festival Picture by Mecha Morton

The day after families took part in free activities and hands-on experiments on the school’s grounds, including making volcanoes, bubbles and electricity, going inside a pop-up planetarium and seeing a live science show from ‘The Kitchen Chemist’.

Charlie Rose, four, creates electricity Picture by Mecha Morton
Charlie Rose, four, creates electricity Picture by Mecha Morton

Debbie Ball, chief executive of Stowmarket-based Kinetic Science, who organised the event with the school, said: “We had such positive feedback and the fair was so popular that we are definitely going to make it an annual event and have started planning next year already, but how can you top having a British astronaut in the town?”



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