Chemistry research student receives young entrepreneur award

Katie Norman

A University of Hull postgraduate researcher in the Chemistry department has won the Sheila Waudby ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award.

Alongside her University research, Katie Norman is the director of Lab Rascals – a company which aims to provide hands-on scientific party entertainment for children aged 5-14 in the Yorkshire and Humber region. The idea was born from Katie’s community outreach work and research undertaken during her Masters degree.

During the research, Katie identified the need for STEM outreach and support for primary schools, recognising the demand for fun ways of engaging young people with science.

Following the research Katie began to offer science parties and workshops, developing training days for teachers, providing professional development to improve science education, and going a step further by providing them with a support network of experts.

Katie Norman

The business is going from strength to strength, with Katie running science parties for children, school workshops, children’s clubs and appearing at festivals and events.

Katie, who set up Lab Rascals with the help of the Enterprise Centre at the University of Hull, has received several entrepreneurship awards, of which the Sheila Waudby award is the latest. Katie was also recently announced as the runner up in the ‘Young Achiever of the Year’ category at the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards.

For more information about Lab Rascals visit or follow Lab Rascals on Twitter.

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