Wyche Innovation Centre, Walwyn Road, Malvern, WR13 6PL, UK

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Malvern Science in the Park

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Alfresco Family Event

 Sat. 26th June 2021

 Priory Park, Great Malvern


We're keeping on eye on UK Government advice re COVID-19 restrictions, but are hopeful we'll be able to go ahead as planned this year. One contingency is that we may need to timetable access to the various exhibits to keep numbers manageable and avoid crowding. Please keep an eye on this page should we need to ticket the event.

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

More details nearer the time...

#InnovateMalvern, #ScienceInPark  



  • If you are an organisation that would like to demonstrate or exhibit something, please register here.
  • If you are a science communicator who would like to science busk, 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.
  • We've written this up in the style of an academic paper.


Activites for all the family

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

We'll add more as they are confirmed...


Discover materials is a inter-University working group to help excite & inspire school pupils and teachers about Materials Science and Engineering. Intending on doing a chocolate impact taste-tester, a separating materials activity and much more!


Local paleontologist from e-fossils, Dr 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.

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.  They will be on hand with numerous geological samples to take a look at and some actvitites to help you better understand how geologists can learn about our past.


IASME Consortium

IASME Consortium
is an information assurance for small medium enterpresies provides and assurance scheme and certification for businesses to help ensure data, information and IT systems are safe and secure.



John Bibby, a local STEM Ambassador from Imagineering, will once again be at mission control helping you to launch compressed air rockets to see which can reach the highest altitude. To infinity and beyond!


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

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!



MRATHS - Malvern Radar and Technology History Society - tells the stories of Malvern's science heritage through exhibitions, talks and visits to schools. They'll have a sports Doppler radar on display to measure how fast you can run. Will you be the fastest?

ROCU - The West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit is a collaboration between the police forces of Staffordshire, West Midlands, West Mercia and Warwickshire to fight organised crime across the region. The aim of the WMROCU is to reduce the impact and increase the disruption of serious and organised crime within the region and beyond. They target those areas of criminality they believe pose the greatest regional threats to the people and businesses of the area they cover. 


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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)

The STEM Response Team is an award-winning outreach and public engagement team from the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) at the University of Wolverhampton.

The team will provide a variety of table top STEM based activities for individuals of all ages to come along and get involved with. Inclduing body puzzles, animal morphology and ecology, forensics, infection snot and STEM related crafts.

@STEMResponseWLV, @DrKhechara, @HeatherAngellx

The University of Worcester's Geography Department will be showing their 'River in a Box', which will help to demonstrate how rivers form and change through time.


The University of Worcester's Institute of Science & the Environment will be on hand with a selection of biological science displays and activities. Microscopes at the ready.


From The University of Birmingham, The School of Mathematics is one of seven schools in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and is is situated in the Watson Building on the main Edgbaston campus will be presenting paper origami.



Science buskers

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

We'll add details as they are confirmed...

Dr Martin Khechara is a science presenter, science theatre performer, writer, researcher, Fellow of Public Engagement for STEM at the University of Wolverhampton, and a microbiologist supreme!  This time, Martin will be talking about Gorgeous Gases...



Local paleontologist 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. If we're lucky he may have a nodule or two to crack open to see what's indside - the first time the interior has been exposed for millions of years!


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 six species of dinosaur roaming nearby and draw your favourite one.


Interplanetary trail: Tour the park looking for the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and minor planet Pluto. All set out to the scale of their distance from the sun.  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? Read the information cards 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 hand-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 typhoid. Draw all ten of these biohazards in your laboratory notebook.


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.

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



River in a Box, which helps to demonstrate =ow rivers form and change through time.

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