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Malvern Science in the Park

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Alfresco Family Event

 Saturday 30th June 2018

 Priory Park, Great Malvern


Join us for a fun and exciting day exploring the wonders of science and technology from 10:30am to 4:30pm.

We're delighted that Harriett Baldwin MP, Member of Parliament for West Worcestershire, will kindly open the event at 10:30am.

The event is free to attend, so why not bring along a picnic and we'll try to arrange some solar rays.

Take a look at last year's programme in our archives.

#InnovateMalvern, #ScienceInPark


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Year of Engineering

The Year of Engineering is a UK government campaign which celebrates the world and wonder of engineering during 2018. From spaceships to ice skates, the bubbles in chocolate bars to life saving cancer treatment, engineering touches every part of our lives. However, not enough young people – especially young girls – think it’s a world for them. As a result, the industry is struggling to recruit future talent. What’s more, young people are missing out on the chance to make a positive difference to both their futures, that of the planet and everything that calls it home.

YoEgovuk, #YoE



Activities for all the family

Experiments, games and demonstrations showcasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics. You can apply for your organisation to exhibit here.

More details about participating organisations will be listed below as they confirm...


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BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, is committed to making IT good for society. They champion the global IT profession and the interests of individuals, engaged in that profession, for the benefit of all. The impact of IT on modern society is greater than ever, it's down to all of us to ensure it is positive.


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Cheltenham Science Group are a community interest company seeking to inspire a new generation to love science, technology, engineering and maths. They will be bringing along a number of hands-on science experiments and demonstrations for students to investigate.


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The Herefordshire & Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust is a charity that aims to record, protect and promote geology and landscape, and to raise awareness of this Earth Heritage by engaging the public in educational programmes. At the event, they will have rocks and minerals on display, and some geology-related activities to keep you busy including encouraging you to be a dinosaur detective.  Vernon the velociraptor will be there weather permitting!



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Local paleontologist from e-fossils, Mark O'Dell, will show some of his fossil finds from the west of the Malvern Hills and in the Cotswolds. He'll also crack open a few nodules with the hope of finding some freshly exposed fossils, and he can answer questions you might have about your own fossil samples.

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Flux Moving Science explores innovative ways of translating scientific principles into theatrical form. They provide a platform to educate, communicate and discuss scientific ideas, research and theories within local communities, in a way which is captivating and engaging, formative yet accessible.  Their pioneering approach to science communication and education has been recognised and supported throughout the UK. Their team will be encouraging you to participate in fun science-related dance workshops in the park throughout the day.


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Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is responsible for providing day-to-day fire and rescue services across the two counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire.  Firefighters will be on hand with their Fire Engine to talk about the technical aspects of fire fighting, rescue and safety.



Institution of Engineering & Technology. For over 140 years the IET has been inspiring, informing and influencing the global engineering community; supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society. Come to complete the assembly of a Mediaeval siege engine experiment before trying it out to see how well your finished design works.



Institution of Mechanical Engineers works with leading companies, universities, and think tanks to create and share knowledge, fresh thinking and authoritative guidance on all aspects of mechanical engineering. At the park, the IMechE will be hosting a model bridge building competition and demonstrating a manually operated hydraulic robot arm.

@IMechE, @IMechE_Worcs

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Institute of Physics is a leading scientific society; a charitable organisation with a worldwide membership of more than 50,000, working together to advance physics education, research and application. Join them at the event to take part in various hands-on physics experiments including blowing large bubbles, understanding bouncing balls, exploring the way slinkies travel down steps, trying out balloon helicopters, testing ‘exploding’ lolly sticks, as well as investigating pendula, rope waves, and grass whistles.

@IOPMidlands, PhysicsNews

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Join the Met Office team on fun experiments to learn more about the effects of air pressure, how clouds form and forecasting.


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Schoolasaurus provides a fun-filled educational service that aims to give young people a unique, creative experience whilst they learn about rocks, minerals, dinosaurs and fossils that are found in their local area.



STEM Ambassadors use their enthusiasm and commitment to encourage young people to enjoy STEM subjects. They open the doors to a world of opportunities and possibilities which come from pursuing STEM subjects and careers. STEM Ambassadors not only inspire young people, they also support teachers in the classroom by explaining current applications of STEM in industry or research.

@STEMLearningUK (@STEMNET previously)

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The University of Worcester offers highly relevant, very professional courses; excellent, inspiring teaching; a truly friendly, inclusive approach with excellent student support; an outstanding record of graduate employment; and a beautiful home in historic Worcester. Staff from their Institute of Science & the Environment will be participating in this event, so come along to find out more about applied biology, zoology and biochemistry.



Worcester Astronomical Society was founded in 1984 by a group of local amateur astronomers to promote astronomy. They hold meetings throughout the year, with many special events including exhibitions, observing evenings and visits to places of astronomical interest. At this event, they will demonstrate the hydrogen-alpha telescope to see solar prominences, and another telescope with a solar filter to see Sun spots (let's hope it is sunny!).



Science buskers

Be captivated by explanations of the scientific world around us, delivered from the bandstand.

We'll be adding buskers below as they are confirmed...


Astrophysicist, author, and science communicator Prof Chris Lintott will explain some of the wonders of the Universe and how we are discovering new things about it each day. Chris is the co-presenter of the BBC's The Sky at Night and is often seen on TV discussing news about interplanetary probes and discoveries in astronomy. He has very kindly agreed to join us as long as his filming schedule doesn't suddenly mean he needs to be somewhere else, so fingers-crossed!



Science communicator Sarah Cosgriff will talk about Forces and Flight, exploring the physics behind taking to the air in a plane or a rocket. She'll also be running hands-on workshops during the day in which you can build your own balloon rockets and fizzy rockets. Sarah has a Masters in Systems Biology from the University of Warwick and now works as Gender Balance Officer at the Institute of Physics.



Local paleontologist Dr Mark O'Dell will talk about the tools he uses to find, extract and clean-up fossils. He's found interesting samples to the west of the Malvern Hills and a little further afield in the Cotswolds.


Science trails

Seek out scientific facts, figures and artefacts hidden in the park.

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Dinosaur detective trail: No longer Priory Park, but Jurassic Park! Find the eight hidden dinosaurs and complete the prehistoric quiz.


Interplanetary trail: Tour the park looking for the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and minor planet Pluto. Can you also find the asteroid belt, some comets and one or two man made probes?

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Materials around us trail: Can you find examples of metals, polymers, ceramics, glass, and composites within Priory Park? Answer our quiz questions to better understand why some materials are well suited to certain uses whilst others simply are not.

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Microscopy trail: Equip yourself with a fresnel lens and pack of colouring pencils from the information desk, and scout around the park for specimens to examine closely and sketch.



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