A primary purpose of Otley Science Festival is to raise awareness of and interest in science amongst the younger generation. Consequently we include a number of events for schools in the Festival week.

These are designed for primary schools (home educators also welcome).  This year these will be available as streamed on-line events during the day of the Tuesday and Wednesdayof the Science Festival week.

Tue 10th Nov 10.30 – 11.30am

Optical Trickery

Matt Pritchard

Science Magician, Matt Pritchard, shares a host of amazing optical illusions, impossibilities and peculiar objects made from simple household objects. Join him for this Otley Science Festival online session as he demonstrates the tricks and explains the science. Find how it’s done, have a go and make your own magic.

Suitable for KS2 Running time 1 hour

This event is free to join. Email the Courthouse ( ) for details of how to participate.

Wed 11th Nov 10.30 – 11.30am


Marty Jopson

It’s high-voltage time! Watch as Marty Jopson, local TV Scientist takes a sparky journey through the story of electricity. From the Ancient Greeks, through Faraday’s genius, this show aims to put the awesome back into electricity.

With a one million volt spark and the crack of a whip, you may think we have electricity tamed, but are you sure?

A show chock full of demonstrations: the astonishing floating orb, a light bulb made from a pencil lead and a plucked chicken. There will be at least one explosion.

Suitable for KS2  Running time 1 hour.

This event is free to join. Email the Courthouse ( ) for details of how to participate.

Previous years

We also have information and links on some of our schools events previous years here