TBC - 7th October 2023

Great Malvern, UK

12th Edition


2016 Next Generation Innovators


Schools Outreach

Tuesday 4th October 2016 (all day)

Three Counties Showground, WR13 6NW

A day showcasing creative science, technology, and entrepreneurship for middle and senior school students (Years 7 to 9) from around the region. Bring your class to listen to lectures, participate in hands-on workshops, and tour an extensive exhibition of organisations.

The event was free to attend, but schools (or home-educating parents) needed to register in advance. Some activities were timetabled specifically based on the size of school parties.


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World Space Week

Each year, the World Space Week Association (WSWA) selects a theme for a designated World Space Week (WSW) to provide a focus for relevant activities and events that take place throughout the world. This year WSW is 4-10 October with the theme 'Remote Sensing: Enabling Our Future'. We'll also feature some space-themed and sensor-themed activities and exhibits in the Festival programme.

@WorldSpaceWeek, @WSW_UK

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International Year of Pulses

The United Nations has designated 2016 as the International Year of Pulses to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of these seeds as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition. This theme highlights the need to better utilize pulse-based proteins, further global production of pulses, improve crop rotations and address the challenges in the trade of pulses. We will attempt to bring on board some exhibitors that can help engage students about this theme...



European Cyber Security Month

ECSM is the EU’s annual advocacy campaign that takes place in October and aims to raise awareness of cyber security threats, promote cyber security among citizens and provide up to date security information, through education and sharing of good practices. We'll be featuring some cyber security exhibitors and workshops during the day, and of course we have our Cyber Security & IoT themed business day later in the week.

@CyberSecMonth, #CyberSecMonth




Registration & Exhibition Opens


Timetabled talks and workshops begin

@festivalofinnov #InnovateMalvern #STEM #careers #entrepreneurship

Keynotes [Seminar S1]



The Number Mysteries and other Mathematical Curiosities

Marcus du Sautoy OBE is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford where he is a Fellow of New College. He was previously President of the Mathematical Association, an EPSRC Senior Media Fellow and a Royal Society University Research Fellow. He has also presented numerous programmes on television and radio including the internationally acclaimed BBC series The Story of Maths and the comedy maths show The School of Hard Sums with Dara Ó Briain.



The future of infotainment, and a career that brings together music & engineering

Orla Murphy is the 2015 IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year. She is an acoustic and audio engineer at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), where her small team in the infotainment department is tasked with improving the vehicles’ listening experience. Being a musician who enjoys playing instruments in orchestras and being keen on STEM subjects at school, she pursued a Masters of Engineering degree in Electronics with Music at the University of Glasgow. Now Orla has her perfect job of listening to music all day whilst engineering the car and its equipment for optimum sound!


A World of Helpful Bacteria

Adam Hart is Professor of Science Communication at the University of Gloucestershire. He studied Zoology as an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge and his PhD at the University of Sheffield was on the cooperative behaviour of social insects. He has published scientific papers on a variety of topics including entomology, ecology, disease, hygiene and climate change and recently published a light-hearted popular science book titled The Life of Poo. He has also presented a variety of science documentaries on BBC radio and television.





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Future Moon

Honouring the Apollo astronauts who first landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969; and the children of today who may return to the Moon before 2050. Produced with NASA's Johnson Space Center, this film recreates a realistic voyage to the Moon as well as provding information about the formation of the moon, the lunar surface, and a possible translunar craft of the future. Immerse yourself in this exciting 360-degree wrap-round cinematic experience as one of your World Space Week activities! This feature is kindly supported by the Worcester area branch of the IMechE.  [Stand A22]




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Getting the Job you Want

Barry Jackson from Aspire Academy will lead an interactive discussion group looking at how students can prepare themselves for a daunting and competitive job market. The sessions will give the participants some ideas about how they can communicate their capabilities and shine as a memorable candidate in a job interview. [Workshop W1]


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3D Scanning/3D Printing workshop

Learn about the process of additive manufacturing and how this is changing the way we prototype and produce complex 3-dimensional components for a whole range of applications. Participants will have the opportunity to use the Sense scanner to capture 3D data of their scanned head and use Meshmixer software to combine their scan with range of characters creating a solid model for 3D printing. Avatar 3D have won the ‘’Most Innovative business offering digital training services’’ award and will be showcasing the Avatar 3D printer ‘’Ingenium’’, manufactured in the UK. [Stand A10/11]

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Become a Digital Leader

A workshop by Catshill Learning Partnerships to establish students as digital leaders within their school, improving e-safety and helping to develop skills around leadership, management, communication and collaboration. [Seminar S2]

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Virtual Reality Fieldtrips

Can virtual reality replace really being there in person? See for yourself using VR headsets to explore 3D immersive landscapes such as the Long Mynd and even the Lunar surface! This is part of the InnovateUK Fieldscapes project, so your feedback will be very useful for on-going research and development by Daden. [Stand A12/A13]


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Hands-on Raspberry Pi

Students will have the opportunity to work in pairs to programme these mini computer boards to complete a simple hardware control task using Python code. [Stand A28]


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Royal Society of Chemistry Mission: Starlight

Help to protect British astronaut Tim Peake on his next spacewalk. Your mission is to stop harmful UV light. What materials work best? Do they have the right properties for a spacesuit? How about an astronaut’s visor? Plus what about protecting our own skin from the Sun’s rays on Earth? Join chemists from throughout the Midlands to explore the chemistry in your everyday life and more. [Workshop W2]

@RoySocChem @RSC_MidsEd #globalexperiment

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Delivery of Vital Supplies

You'll be challenged to deliver food and other supplies safely and effectively into a disaster zone using engineering design skills to avoid damge and loss of vital resources. You'll have to work as a team against the clock to save as many people as possible. [Workshop W4]



Space Exploration Workshop

Find out what is required to get a rocket, a satellite, a probe or a even a human into space so as to begin exploring the unknown... [Workshop W3]


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How to be a famous Entrepreneur in three easy’ish steps!

The Worcester Business School at the University of Worcester will run be running this interactive workshop to brainstorm a new business idea and consider what it takes to be a succesful enterprise. [Stand A6/7]

@worcester_uni, @uw_business


Hands-on Product Design Workshop

Ellis Pitt is a business design consultant who has worked extensively with companies through the Design Council to help businesses develop the aesthetics and user experience of their products. This group brainstorming session will give students a feel for some of the things they should consider in product design. [Stand A9]







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Areca Design is a full service creative graphic design and digital marketing agency based in Evesham. Their creative team can provide tailored solutions including innovative website design, professional branding, app development, exhibition stands and print management. They have also produced a number of augmented reality (AR) apps for clients in a range of sectors. [Stand A4]


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Aspire Academy provides talks and workshops for schools and careers events to help students effectively tackle the job market and secure the job they really want. Their programme gives advice about networking with future employers, preparing their cv and application, as well as performing well in an interview and leaving the best possible impression with the interviewer. [Workshop W1]


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Avatar 3D an award winning business ‘’Most Innovative New Business’’ has designed, engineered and manufactured a low cost Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) 3D printer laboratory kit, named the ‘’Ingenium’’.  [Stand A10/11]



Babcock Prime's mission is to deliver improved life chances and outcomes for children and young people through the most innovative education service in the UK. They enable learners, teachers and communities to fulfil their potential through world-class education. At this event they will be highlighting careers opportunities around cyber security, IT and engineering. [Stand A31]



Code Club think all children should have the opportunity to learn to code, no matter who they are or where they come from. To do this, they support a nationwide network of volunteers and educators who run free coding clubs to build and share their ideas, learning along the way. They currently have over 6000 clubs in over 80 countries, and their club projects have been translated in 15 languages. Code Club was founded in 2012, and in 2015 joined forces with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. [Stand A30]

@CodeClub, @codeclubwmids

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CyberAware is the name of the Cyber Apprenticeship Development Scheme (CADS) started by 3SDL and QinetiQ in Malvern with the aim of improving collaboration between local businesses and schools through student training and development of skills for the IT and cyber security industry. The goal is to help pupils and employers work towards a healthier, wealthier and safer future for themselves and their communities. [Stand A15]


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Catshill Learning Partnerships offer a wide range of school based (and jargon free) solutions to establishments seeking to maximise the use of ICT and promote online safety. [Seminar S2]


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Cyber Security Challenge UK offers a series of national competitions, learning programmes, and networking initiatives designed to identify, inspire and enable more EU citizens resident in the UK to become cyber security professionals. [Stand A14]

@Cyberchallenge, @schoolcyber

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Daden are specialists in developing immersive 3D applications for marketing, learning, training and education (Trainingscapes and Fieldscapes), and for immersive 3D data visualisations (Datascapes), using both conventional 2D displays and virtual reality headsets. [Stand A12/A13]


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ElectrAA, the Electric Automobile Association, promotes the use of electric vehicles through events, meetings and case studies. Their flagship event is the UK Electric Car Show, held in Great Malvern. [Stand A17/A18]


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Herefordshire & Ludlow College has a long and proud history of providing quality education to the Herefordshire community and surrounding areas for over 60 years. It welcomes over 7,000 learners each year and offers over 70 full-time courses across two campuses, including a specialist land-based campus, as well as a range of apprenticeships, part-time, HE, recreational, legislative and specialist courses for businesses. [Stand A37]

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Heart of Worcestershire College is a further and higher education college that offers full time and part time courses in a diverse range of specialist subject areas. From courses for school leavers to affordable higher education and professional qualifications, they focus on ensuring their training is relevant to significantly improve employability prospects. [Stand A33]


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Ident Computer offers a range of educational services for schools and colleges including a touring fleet of original Acorn BBC Micro hardware and hands on sessions, teaching BBC BASIC programming. In addition to Ident's own 'Micro One' kit computer products which run RISC OS 5, a standalone modern up-to-date BBC Micro operating system! [Stand A27]


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Indra Renewable Technologies is a UK based supplier of electric vehicle components and services, and a custom electric vehicle specialist. They specialise in the supply of parts and conversion from combustion engine to 100% electric. [Stand A16]


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The Imagineering Foundation introduces 8-16 year olds to the fascinating world of engineering and technology through fun, hands-on activities. [Stand A20]


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The Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) is the professional body for biomedical scientists in the United Kingdom. It aims to promote and develop the role of biomedical science within healthcare to deliver the best possible service for patient care and safety. It does this by supporting biomedical scientists in their education and training, improving standards of practice, representing the profession and working with organisations to improve laboratory service. [Stand A26]


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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. [Stand A38]

@IOPMidlands, PhysicsNews

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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. [Stand A28]


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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. [Stand A21]

@IMechE, @IMechE_Worcs

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Laser Lines was originally founded in 1975 and remains one of the leading suppliers of lasers and accessories, 3D printers, rapid prototyping machines and vacuum casting systems. Their experienced support team offers training, installation, maintenance and repair services for all their products. They also have a sub-contract facility for 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing requirements. [Stand A3]


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Malvern Instruments provides a range of particle analysis and rheological instrumentation that delivers inter-related measurements reflecting the complexities of particulates and disperse systems, nanomaterials and macromolecules. [Stand A24]


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Steve Dawes, a regular contributor to the monthly family and adult Malvern Raspberry Jam Pi computer sessions at the Wyche Innovation Centre, will showcase some of his Raspberry Pi and Arduino projects. These include controlling LEDs to give stunning visual displays and an Internet of Things assisted-living device to help older or infirm people stay in touch without an intrusion of their privacy. [Stand A29]

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Yamazaki Mazak Corporation are leaders in the manufacture of advanced technology solutions including Multi-Tasking, 5-axis, milling, turning, CNC controls and automation systems. Their advanced machine tools are used to manufacture many of today's complex and critical engineering components. [Stand A1]


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Morgan Motor Company was established in 1909 by H.F.S. Morgan with the design of the Morgan three-wheeler. A four-wheeled model began production in 1936, and Morgan cars have long become famous the world over for their unique blend of charisma, quality materials, craftsmanship and performance. Still hand crafted in Malvern. [Stand A5]



The National Space Academy is a not-for-profit organisation created with the dual goals of engaging young people with the sciences and maths using the inspirational context of space, and facilitating pathways into space sector careers by working with industry as well as education. [Workshop W3]


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The Peter Jones Foundation believes that everyone deserves a brighter future. A key initiative is the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, a nationwide network of educational providers throughout the UK which are founded on a philosophy of ‘learning by doing’ and run various courses in enterprise and entrepreneurship. The Foundation also runs Tycoon in Schools, a national enterprise competition which takes place in secondary schools across England. [Stand A8]

@PJFoundation, @pjea_org, TycoonInSchools

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QinetiQ is a company of scientists and engineers essential to sovereign capability. The technical expertise and domain know-how of their people are their principal sources of competitive advantage and are well matched to the emerging themes in their markets. Their principal revenue streams are advice, services (particularly test and evaluation) and technology-based products. [Stand A25]


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Royal Society of Chemistry is the world's leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. The Society is the UK's professional body for chemical scientists; promoting, supporting and celebrating chemistry. [Workshop W2]

@RoySocChem, @ChemistryWorld

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The Smart Actuator Company produce the world's smartest most energy efficient electric actuators using RIFT motor technology. [Stand A2]


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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. [Stand B1]

@STEMLearningUK (@STEMNET previously)

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Three Counties Showground hosts numerous shows during the year and many of them are of educational value. There are also opportunities to be more involved in one of their projects, trails or experience days or it is possible to arrange for a talk or activity for your school class or community group at the venue. [Stand B2]


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Tomorrow’s Engineers is more than a one stop shop for information and resources about the amazing careers available in engineering. They also run a schools programme to help inspire the next generation of engineers which reached over 200,000 young people in 2015. The initiative is led by EngineeringUK and the Royal Academy of Engineering, with support from other organisations. [Workshop W4]


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University of Bristol's School of Physics has research strengths in newly emerging areas of nanotechnology, optoelectronics, high temperature superconductors, smart materials, quantum information, e-science and revolutionary instrumentation for probing biological systems at the molecular scale. They aim to provide an excellent learning experience which trains both undergraduates and postgraduates across applied and theoretical physics. [Stand A23]

@bristoluni, @UniBrisPhysics

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The University of Gloucestershire has a vibrant academic community where creative research is conducted at a high level. Each of their 10 academic schools contribute to their learning-led, research-informed environment. They embed research in all their activities, ensuring students and staff benefit from and contribute to vibrant subject communities, engaged in fundamental and applied research. [Stand A19]

@uniofglos, @UoG_Outreach

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University of WorcesterWorcester Business School offers students a learning experience rooted in a rich educational heritage and boosted by top quality facilities and a team of friendly, supportive staff. The university prides itself on offering relevant courses and has a truly innovative and effective ‘earn as you learn’ scheme, which provides its students with invaluable work experience, career development and earning opportunities. [Stand A6/7]

@theworcester_uni, @uw_business

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UTC Aerospace Systems is one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products. They design, manufacture and service systems and components and provide integrated solutions for commercial, regional, business and military aircraft, helicopters and other platforms. They are also a major supplier to international space programs. [Stand A36]


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Worcestershire Skills Central is an initiative run by Worcestershire County Council to enable students and apprentices to develop their skills and make early connections with businesses in the region to help them develop their career aspirations. [Stand A35]

@worcscc, CSAB_Worcs

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Western Power Distribution is the company responsible for electricity distribution in the Midlands, South West and Wales. Their business serves over 7.8 million customers and they employ over 6,000 members of staff. Their network comprises over 220,000 km of lines and cables and 185,000 transformers which are used to step down voltages. [Stand A34]


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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. [Stand A32]






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