Knocking Science out of the Park in Malvern

Malvern Hills Science Fest SarahCosgriff

COVID-19 and social distancing is not going to put a damper on Malvern’s annual alfresco celebration of hands-on science experiments that usually takes place in Priory Park, Great Malvern.

Instead, Innovate Malvern CIC t has organised a free virtual event to take place 10am to 4:30pm on Saturday 27 June 2020 with scientists presenting live from around the country alongside short pre-recorded videos and science discussions.

Malvern Hills Science Fest Chris-HamlettAimed at primary and early secondary school students, and their families, people can register for a limited number of tickets on Zoom, enabling them to pose questions to the guest speakers about the subjects being presented. And others will be able to watch on the Facebook Live stream throughout the day.

Dr Adrian Burden, Managing Director of the social enterprise behind the event and host for the day, explains: “We didn’t want to simply cancel this year’s event, particularly as schools have been so disrupted over the last few months. So, we’re grateful that so many science communicators have agreed to jump on board with the new format and share their insights and enthusiasm for the subject from their own homes and gardens.”

The science topics covered will be wide ranging; from Rockets to Raspberry Pis, Microbes to Möbius strips, Physics to Fossils, Bubbles to Batteries, Surfactants to Scurvy, Rocks to Radio, and more. There will also be demonstrations of experiments and projects that people can perform for themselves. And for those living in the Malvern area there will be a self-guided quiz around the town organised by The IET with prizes to be won.

This year, Malvern Science in the Park is kindly supported by the Institute of Physics, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, The IET, Worcester City Council, Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, and Malvern Hills District Council.