TBC - 7th October 2023

Great Malvern, UK

12th Edition



Engaging all ages

Saturday 7th October 2017 (all day)

Malvern Theatres, WR14 3HB 

We were inspired by the Family Show speakers and then explored the hands-on exhibits.

The exhibition was free for all to attend.


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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. We'll also feature some space-themed activities and exhibits in the Festival programme.

@WorldSpaceWeek, @WSW_UK




Registration & Exhibition Opens

@festivalofinnov #InnovateMalvern #STEM #careers #entrepreneurship


The Family Show

Connected Planet to Extended Universe


Part 1

Wiring the Internet of Things

We're living on an ever more connected planet in which devices all around us are communicating with each other and responding to data. Hear how you can make fun, frivilous and even very useful devices at home with Raspberry Pi computers, and see how thinking out of the box can lead to unlikely solutions.

Dr Lucy Rogers is a Maker, an engineer and a problem solver. She is adept at bringing others' ideas to life, be it animatronic dinosaurs at Blackgang Chine Theme Park, or miniature mannequins for marketing bespoke dresses. She specialises in taking new technologies into traditional industries and loves to combine ideas from different fields into one package. Lucy is also a judge on the BBC's Robot Wars and author of Its Only Rocket Science.  Her new book, Wiring the Internet of Things, is soon to be published.




An opportunity to tour the free hands-on exhibition



The Family Show, part 2

Around the Universe in 60 minutes

Now we step away from our planet and take a whirlwind tour of the Universe, starting from the Earth-Moon system and heading out through the solar system, to the nearest stars, the Milky Way, local galaxies, and the edges of the expanding Universe. Exploring space has advanced science and makes use of innovative technology and complex problem solving. We end with the question of what happens to our Universe in the future?

Dr Megan Argo is a professional astrophysicist and science communicator. She is a lecturer in astronomy at the University of Central Lancashire, studying galaxies in the nearby universe with radio telescopes and giving public lectures and schools workshops all over the country. Megan has travelled extensively, undertaking radio astronomy at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics and working as a researcher in the UK, Australia and the Netherlands; using some of the best radio telescopes around the world, in Europe, India, the USA and Australia. Megan is a Fellow and member of the Council of the Royal Astronomical Society, a member of the Institute of Physics, and president of Shropshire Astronomical Society.



Free hands-on exhibition continues.





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Avatar 3D will be on hand to demonstrate additive manufacturing and how this is changing the way we prototype and produce complex 3-dimensional components for a whole range of applications. 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. Over the last year, they have been developing 3D printing of chocolate; not as easy as it sounds! Find out how this research has been progressing. [Stand B02]


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David Prosser Chartered Surveyor will be showcasing his UAV / drone surveying capability at the Festival highlighting the role a professional drone can play in viewing buildings and property from the air. [Stand B13]

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Nearly 75 years ago, GE introduced the United State's first jet engine and brought America’s aviation industry into the jet age. Since then, they have developed an entire family of fuel-efficient turbofan engines, accumulating more flight hours than any other commercial aircraft engine in history. Now, GE Aviation Commercial is continuing to build on that legacy with next-generation commercial engines, innovative flight efficiency systems and a dedicated worldwide services network. [Stand B03-04]


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Imaginify empowers girls to pursue careers in digital and technology, through training and mentoring, role models, networking opportunities and resources for girls and young women, and their schools, colleges and Universities[Stand A07]


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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 A02-A05]

@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 A09]


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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 B05]

@IMechE, @IMechE_Worcs

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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 showcase some of his Raspberry Pi and Arduino projects. These include controlling LEDs to give stunning visual displays, 3D printed modules for Pi project development, and Internet of Things devices communicating with cloud data services. [Stand A08]

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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 B09]


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Malvern Radar and Technology History Society (MRATHS) exists to preserve the heritage of the Government Research at Malvern which conducted research and development in support of the armed forces. With photographic archive material and physical artefacts on display at the Festival, the Society will highlight some of past breakthroughs in infra-red and radar technology credited to Malvern's boffins. [Stand B06-B08]


The Royal Microscopical Society is at the forefront of microscopy and imaging, and has been so for over 170 years. It is dedicated to advancing science, developing careers, and supporting wider understanding of science and microscopy.. [Stand B01]


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The Route to the Hills project is a new partnership project which promotes Malvern's rich historic and cultural offer to people of all ages. From 2015 to 2018 it will be telling some of Malvern's unique stories through the installation of a new walking route which connects the town with the hills. An activity programme will also be delivered alongside the installation, with events planned for schools, children and adults. Find out more here! [Stand B16]


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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 B14]

@STEMLearningUK (@STEMNET previously)

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UBRacing is is the University of Birmingham’s official Formula Student Team. They are an entirely student run project with the aim of designing, funding and building a single-seat racing car from scratch to compete in the Formula Student competition each year. The project is run as an extra-curricular activity and involves over 70 students each year from a range of degree subjects. [Static display]


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WCG is one of the largest further and higher education colleges in the UK, with unique colleges in two counties.  They aim to deliver learning experiences which lead to the development of wider skill bases and improved destinations for all of their students. [Stand A10]



2017 Family Day Sponsors

2017 Festival Supporters