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9th Feb 2017

Record turnout for 2017 Children's Event. Were you there?

It's not easy task but after months of planning and thinking up ideas of what activities would interest our young visitors the busiest 4+ hours of the viewing season occurred on Saturday 4th February. Supported by the Norwich branch of the British Science Association, East Anglian Rocketry Society (EARS), Space School Org, Love Food Hate Waste and Flying Chef, we planned the most ambitious amount of activities for years. With weather predicted as cloudy we were not sure how busy we would be.

Our first visitors arrived not long after 1:30 and by 2:30 the queue of visitors at the entrance desk was four wide and stretched to the gate. As the queue at admissions was cleared a constant stream of visitors continued to pour onto the site. Popularity for the talks was very evident as tickets went very quickly and queues had formed outside the domes, rocket launching, lunar landing, rocket making. By 3:30 our normally open space observatory was becoming a sea of people. By 4 we had over 800 visitors.

When news came that EARS were to launch one of their rockets around 4:30, the planned talk in the clubhouse was delayed to allow the visitors to watch. EARS had managed to get a window of air clearance from the nearby airfield to launch one of their air powered rockets at the airfield and after safety checks the launch was over in an eye blink as the rocket disappeared into the low cloud leaving a dark grey smoke trail. 

Unfortunately for the visitors, the clouds stayed firmly in place in the sky for most of the day. Only a few people managed to see the moon through a telescope when there was a break in the clouds but it was fleeting. As it got dark there was no let up in the crafting gazebo as children was still keen to make rockets.

The whole day was very successful. I think I saw a lot of happy faces as visitors and children appeared to enjoy the day and a variety of beautifully crafted rockets were taken away from Seething. Many enjoyed the hands on activities and found the day to be very informative. Let hope we have inspired the next generation of scientists. As for the volunteers I have to give them a big thanks for their help. It was a very busy and many had been talking to visitors and covering activities for 4 hours straight without a break.

I would also like to give thanks to the British Science Association (Norwich Branch), East Anglian Rocketry Society (EARS), Space School Org, Love Food Hate Waste and Flying Chef for their support in helping to make this Children's Event the biggest ever. 

By the way, we managed to hit the local news with a feature in edp24.


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2017-02-09 22:44:52
Martin Howe says:

Being near the Suffolk border with members in Suffolk, we also made the Beccles and Bungay Journal:


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