Past Schools Events

Here is a look back to some of the schools events we have had in earlier years.

2018 Events for Primary Schools

Minibeasts: a microscopic safarischools-marty-jopson

Take a journey from everyday life down into the realm of microscopic wonders with Marty Jopson, the BBC One Show’s resident scientist. The adventure will take you to a world totally invisible to the unaided eye. Marty begins with hugely magnified insects, but soon moves to plants too small to see and even bacteria, all demonstrated live on the stage. A show full of  interactive demonstrations and samples harvested from the audience. You have been warned!

A show supported by Zeiss, global leaders in the manufacture of microscopes.

The Real Science of Fireworks


Internationally-recognised pyrotechnician Matthew Tosh introduces you to his explosive world of pyrotechnic science, revealing how firework displays create colours, sound effects and perfectly timed bursts. Matthew will bring his fascination of how things work as he demonstrates how science, technology and engineering ensure that displays are spectacular, accurate and safe for the public. The sights, sounds and smells of fireworks are all brought to life just a few metres from the audience in an experience guaranteed to thrill.

Surprising Scienceschools-matt-pritchard

In a show packed with science tricks, stunts and puzzles, Matt Pritchard challenges the audience to discover the sneaky scientific secrets behind surprising illusions. This is not just an awe and wonder show but one that encourages scientific enquiry and critical thinking skills. Along the way the audience will be taught a host of science tricks using everyday household objects that they can go away and try later; extending the learning and providing teachers with lots of follow up opportunities. During the show Matt will share his background and love of science.

2017 Events For Primary Schools

 Music To Your Ears

Award winning science communicator David Price from Science Made Simple as he Science Made Simple David Priceexplained how sounds are produced and how you can control them to make music. We learned how to make a simple instrument, heard the amazing hands-free theremin and saw how CDs and MP3s can store your favourite sounds.

Find out more about the show here and find out more about David Price here

The World Of Owls And Raptors

schools_owls_and_raptors_2_800x639We delved into the world of birds of prey with Head Falconer Ryan Stocks and learned all about these amazing animals. The audience were delighted to see trained owls fly around the room and sometimes land on volunteers hands and discovered how they hunt using their powerful senses and sharp talons.

Find out more about Owl Adventures here

Can You Believe Your Eyes!Schools_Believe_your_eyes_1_800x564

Using visual illusions the Colour Experience team from Bradford explored the difference between vision and perception, looking at an amazing range of cool optical effects to boggle the audiences brain. They also got to grips with the different colours in light and even made a rainbow or two.

Find out more about the Colour Experience here

2016 Events for Primary Schools

In 2016 Sarah Bearchell of Sarah’s Adventures in Science visited Otley with her Jack and bearchell2webthe Beanstalk Science Show.

You can find Sarah’s instructions for making a Cloud in a Bottle and the fondly remembered Intestines demonstration here


blowfish1The Blowfish brought Heavy Metal Marine Biology to Otley

He was working on a book to be published in November 2017. Meanwhile, why not check out his advice on how to avoid a shark attack ?

We also had the science expert from the BBC1 One Show, Dr Marty Jopson, as he showed  the Bubblology_2peculiar things you didn’t know you could do with your own body. From the physics of breaking wood with your bare hands to illusions that mess with your brain. You may think you know what your eyes can see, and have complete control over your body, but you can be fooled.

The flyer for schools for these shows is available as a pdf file here

2015 Events for Primary Schools

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In 2015 Jon Chase showed Otley “How to be a Space Explorer”. You can find links to his videos for BBC Bitesize and a STEM rap (Whatcha know about STEM?) on his Rapscience website

Also Ian Dunne brought us his “Science Magic…Magic Science.”