Schools

A primary purpose of Otley Science Festival is to raise awareness of and interest in science amongst the younger generation so as well as our evening events we have a programme of daytime events for schools in the Festival week.

These are designed for primary schools (home educators also welcome).  After being on-line only last year this year we are back to live events in Otley Courthouse, with the addition of Wednesday’s Stunt Science 11am show being streamed for free (booking required).

Tue 16th Nov 9.30am, 11.00am and 1.30pm

Magical Maths with Matt Pritchard

Matt Pritchard Magical Maths
Matt Pritchard

Predicting the future, reading minds, sending secret messages and making objects vanish are easy when you’re a maths magician. Matt’s aim is to give his audience tricks they can go away and use to amaze their friends and families. However, in doing so they will be exposed to, and be using, a surprising amount of maths. With shapes, symmetry, patterns and numbers forming the basis of the maths behind the magic.

Suitable for KS2 Running time 1 hour

Curriculum links: Numbers and Algebra, Shape, Space and Measure, Working Scientifically.

Cost for the show is £5 per child plus a free staff place for every 10 children.

To book seats please contact the Centre Director at the Otley Courthouse on 01943 467466 or email: director@otleycourthouse.org.uk


Wed 17th Nov 9.30am, 11.00am and 1.30pm

The 11am show will be streamed free on-line as well as being live

Stunt Science with Marty Jopson

Marty Jopson Stunt Science
Marty Jopson

Join Marty Jopson as he places himself in grave personal danger. Watch in horror as he sets fire to his own hand, introduces the audience to the Pendulum of DOOM and explains how a bit of fluffy string can travel at 900 miles per hour, the science of seriously loud explosions and the maths of a karate chop.

Will his steely nerve and a set of equations be enough to keep him from harm? Only one way to find out.

Suitable for KS2  Running time 1 hour.

Curriculum links: Numbers and Algebra, Forces, States of Matter, Physical Processes, Working Scientifically.

Cost for the live show is £5 per child plus a free staff place for every 10 children. The on-line show is free but must be pre-booked.

To book seats or register for the on-line show please contact the Centre Director at the Otley Courthouse on 01943 467466 or email: director@otleycourthouse.org.uk


Thu 18th Nov 9.30am, 11.00am and 1.30pm

The Cloud Factory with Sarah Bearchell

Sarah Bearchell Cloud Factory
Sarah Bearchell

Have you ever touched a cloud? Have you ever smelled a strawberry cloud?

Come to The Cloud Factory where you can touch, see and hear clouds as they are made from dry ice. The clouds will even smell and taste interesting when we add in some unusual laboratory reagents.

The show ranges from the purely sensory, to states of matter and the scientific method – all with the aim of making our clouds bigger and better!.

Suitable for KS1  Running time 45 minutes.

Curriculum links: Forces, States of Matter, Water Cycle, Physical Processes, Materials and their Properties, Working Scientifically

Cost for the show is £5 per child plus a free staff place for every 10 children.

To book seats please contact the Centre Director at the Otley Courthouse on 01943 467466 or email: director@otleycourthouse.org.uk


Previous years

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