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Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom
The British Science Association (BSA) is a charity, founded in 1831. Our vision is of a world where science is at the heart of society and culture. We aim to support, grow and diversify the community of people interested and involved in science; and to strengthen their influence over science's direction and place in society. The Norwich Branch was established in Autumn 2016 and is run entirely by volunteers. Please get in touch if you have ideas for events or would like to be involved!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Museum of the Moon

Hi everyone!

Just a quick update this week about our latest event that took place on the 13th May during the Norfolk & Norwich Festival. We contributed to the science outreach activities at the Museum of the Moon within The Forum in Norwich where a giant inflatable moon (approximately 7m in diameter!) covered in NASA imagery of the lunar surface had been suspended from the ceiling.


During the event, our volunteers spoke to visitors about the 
Planets of the Solar System. On our stall, we used scale models of all the planets (including Pluto - even though it was technically re-classified as a dwarf planet in 2006) to demonstrate their relative sizes and had arranged them in order of their distance from the sun. Personally, I use the mnemonic: MVery Easy Method Just Speeds UNaming Planets to remember the correct order!


Accompanying each model were interesting facts about the planets which could be used to answer our 'Top Planets' quiz. This led to great discussions with visitors about things like the difference between mass and density, the composition of Saturn's rings, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Even though I was involved with making the information sheets, by the end of the day I had learnt so much more about the solar system - mainly as a result of speaking to enthusiastic kids who had remembered fun facts from school!


Overall, we estimate that we engaged with around 200 people and were really happy to be part of a fantastic festival that involved art, music, dance and science. The event would not have been a success without our amazing volunteers - so thanks to everyone who helped out on the day!


As always, if you have any thoughts or feedback regarding events, social media activity, and blog posts from BSA Norwich then we'd love to hear from you! Also, please get in contact if you'd like to volunteer. :)

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