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Wonderfest is a university-taster event run by the Outreach team at the University of East Anglia (UEA) every year, for students in year 10, living in Norfolk and north Suffolk. With current social distancing restrictions still in place, this year’s event took place digitally. 11 schools, and almost 300 students across the region took part!

It is easy to understand how subjects you can study at university such as medicine or healthcare have played a huge role in the response to the pandemic- and we are all incredibly grateful to all the front-line and NHS workers who continue to protect us and take care of us.

But as part of this year’s Wonderfest, the students were exploring the role that other subjects have played during the crisis, and how people who are working within these industries and professions have responded to the challenges of a global healthcare emergency and helped to support and shape their local communities.

For example, the students considered:

  • the positive impact of creative arts, such as creative writing, fine art and performance, on our wellbeing.
  • The importance of innovative engineering and product development to support the increasing demand for “COVID-secure” workplaces and public spaces
  • how geographers and mathematicians helped to track and trace the spread of the virus
  • the important role psychologists played in shaping public health guidance.

The Wonderfest Gallery

To mark Power of Youth Day 2021 we have chosen a small selection of the work produced during Wonderfest to celebrate the incredible achievement of students across the region during the past year, who have shown resilience and courage in the face of adversity.

You can click on each image to enlarge it, or click the first image and use the arrows to scroll through the exhibition (If you are viewing on a touchscreen device, you can swipe right or left to scroll through).