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Malvern Science in the Park

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Alfresco Family Event

 29th June 2019

 Priory Park, Great Malvern


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

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

#InnovateMalvern, #ScienceInPark


Activites for all the family

Experiments, games and demonstrations showcasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

  • If you are an organisation that would like to exhibit, please register here.
  • If you are a STEM Ambassador who would like to help out during the day, please contact our local This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly.
  • Look back at our programme for previous years: 2017, 2018.



Cancer Research UK funds scientists, doctors and nurses to help beat cancer sooner. Their ambition is to accelerate progress and see three-quarters of people surviving the disease within the next 20 years. The registered charity also provides cancer information to the public. Come along to take part in some exciting activities that will help explain what cancer is and the research that is being done to tackle it.


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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-fossilsDr 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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For over 140 years the Institution of Engineering & Technology (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.

@iophwc, @PhysicsNews

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Malvern Panalytical is a leading provider of scientific instrumentation for the measurement of elemental concentrations, crystallographic structure, molecular structure, remote sensing, rheology, particle size, particle shape, particle concentration and more. 


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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. Hopefully there won't be any dark clouds forming at the event, but if there are, you'll be able to understand how and why!



NMiTE – New Model in Technology & Engineering – is an initiative backed by government, educators (including the University of Warwick) and industry, to transform engineering education in Britain. Located in Hereford, NMiTE aims to become the first wholly new UK university in 40 years.


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Steve Dawes, a STEM Ambassador and regular contributor to the monthly family and adult Malvern Raspberry Jam Pi computer sessions at the Wyche Innovation Centre, will demonstrate a working Raspberry Pi weather station in the park. Hopefully it will be measuring a high ambient temperature, high air pressure, and no precipitation!


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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)


Watts Up with your Energy? Gordon Coppock is a STEM Ambassador, renewable energy advocate, and a director of two local Solar Community Energy Cooperatives. Ride on modified bikes to generate electricity from pedal power and light up bulbs of different types, power kettles and smoothie makers, pump water and fry eggs. Drop by to understand more about watts, amps and volts and get a better appreciation of how much effort is needed to power household appliances and where your energy comes from when you turn on a switch.


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!).



Wynne-Jones IP is a leading intellectual property firm, specialising in patents, trade marks and designs. They have expertise in various technical domains including aerospace, defence, chemical, computing, electronic, medical technology and life sciences.



Science buskers

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


Dr Mark O'Dell. Fossils - a Window into the Past.

Local paleontologist Mark 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.



Christine Swan and Richard Henson - Visits from the Past.

Christine, an experienced computer science teacher and visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University, will be apeearing as Ada Lovelace. And she'll be joined by Richard, Senior Lecturer from the University of Worcester, as Charles Babbage. Call the TARDIS for these time travellers to arrive through space-time and listen to them talk about life as a celebrated mathematicians and logicians.

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@chris_swan & @RichardHenson3


Nicky Thomas. Physics for fun.

Experienced science teacher Nicky will talk about some exciting physics topics. Nicky also works for the Institute of Physics's Diversity department, with schools in the West Midlands and South West.



Dr Adrian Burden. Carbon Carbon Everywhere.

Adrian, the lead organiser of Malvern Science in the Park, used to research carbon using electron microscopes. In case we don't have enough science buskers to fill the programme, he'll be on standby ready to dredge up some interesting facts from his hazy memory about the element carbon and how it forms various different allotropes like graphite, diamond and C60 fullerenes.



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? Just how far will you have to walk?

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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.


Microbe hunt: Can you spot the generally nasty (but also furry!) viruses and bacteria dispersed around the park? Try not to catch a cold or chicken pox, and definitely avoid ebola. And can you emulate Dr. Alexander Fleming and find the one good guy, penicillin? 


Photo call

All you Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram fans can take a piccy at our photo booths and share for fun with the hashtag #ScienceInPark

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The Big Bang Theory: One day we'll try to get the real actors, but in the meantime, you'll have to make do with our life-size cardboard cutouts. Featuring Amy (neuroscientist), Bernadette (microbiologist), Howard (aerospace engineer), Leonard (experimental physicist), and of course Sheldon (theoretical physicist).



Mad Lab: Scientists aren't really all mad, but you can put on an Einstein wig, labcoat and safety specs to look a bit crazy if you'd like.



An experiment

There will be lots of experiments taking place, but here is one that you can help us with...


Trans-park communication dishes: We've sourced a couple of parabolic dishes that are used for directional sound recordings, and we're wondering how well we'll be able to communicate between the two across Priory Park. We have no idea if it will work or not, so come along, try it out for yourself, and see what the results are like.


Thanks to Dr Alan Smith CPhys, FInstP from West Midland Branch of the IoP for his help with the organisation of this event.


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