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Youth Activities

Youth Activities

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The Youth Activities programme is part of the BRLSI’s Programme sub Committee’s outreach initiative to involve ALL enthusiastic learners under the age of 18 in all aspects of science and technology by linking up with local universities and making use of the full resources of the institution. There is a termly fee of £12 which covers the cost of 3 workshops or £6 per workshop unless otherwise stated. (summer term £16 for 4 workshops) Workshops are aimed at children over 8 and some workshops have a higher age limit.

Advance booking for all activities is essential and book early to avoid disappointment as most of our workshops are often fully booked three or four weeks in advance.

email to book places: coolbookings@brlsi.org and leave details of workshop required and name and age of children.

Payment on line can be made at www.brlsi.org/shop/youth-activities

What we do

Once a month (on the second Saturday afternoon 1pm – 4pm) we provide workshops, in a wide variety of topics related to science, technology, engineering and maths. These workshops are organised in a caring, safe, learning environment which gives children and young people a chance to practise study, research and presentation skills.

We work closely with local institutions of higher education, receiving advice from academic staff and also input from undergraduate and postgraduate students who are passionate about sharing their subject knowledge. In addition, students from the Bath based, world famous Norland College for nannies, assist with the supervision of our workshops.

BRLSI also provides tailor made science workshops for local primary schools and other groups.

The programme for the Autumn Term 2014 is:-

All workshops operate on the second Saturday of each month (not August) at 1pm. £6 per workshop or £12 for a term’s membership. Children over 8 only.

Saturday September 13th 1pm to 4pm  (Doors close at 3:30pm)

Heritage Open Day FREE

‘Drop in’ Family Day. No unaccompanied children

Marvellous Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Meet Adelard the first English Mathematician. Learn to add up using tiny balls. Make your own website page using raspberry pi. See distant galaxies using the Faulkes telescope in S.E. Australia. Juggle with geometry. Find out how to measure the height of distant objects. Create and build a fragile structure. And much more  

Saturday 1pm to 4pm  October 11th (over 8 only)

Magical Maths Party. Join Jayne of the University of Bath Spa to have fun fiddling with figures and shapes. Celebrate the excitement and intrigue of numbers. SOLD OUT.

Light Fantastic. Emma of the University of Bath Physics department will leading a trip through the brightness and shining of rays, burning and the source of it all – the sun!

Saturday 1pm to 4pm  November 8th (over 8 only)

How to make it fly. Join Steve from Airbus. Find out the how and why of flight by making things fly yourself.

RSC‘Global’ Experiment (9+ only)

Join the Royal Society of Chemistry to experiment with other young chemists.

Saturday 1pm to 4pm  December 13th

Milky Way Zoo (10+ only)

Use the Faulkes telescope in S.E. Australia via our computer. Look deep into the night sky in the south hemisphere to find out more about distant galaxies.

Water works for us all! (over 8 only)

Join Hajira from Bristol Water to find out all about the dirty and the clean, from the sludge to sparkle. And find out how to help children who have to walk miles to find water just to keep alive.


Youth Activities - News

  • Cooking up cool science

    Saturday, 12th October - Childrens Workshop 1pm to 3pm . A chance to learn about the science of food

  • Come Tree Gazing July 27th 2pm

    Be the first to use the new BRLSI Tree Gazing Trail.
    Come and join Mark Cassidy B&NES Tree Officer at 16 Queen Square on Saturday July 27th at 2pm for an afternoon of summer fun looking at trees

  • Mayor launches new BRLSI Adelard Trail

    On Saturday March 9th as part of one of BRLSI 2nd Saturday Children's Science Workshops the Mayor launched The Adelard Trail

  • BRLSI Watery Mystery at Roman Baths

    BRLSI members provided fun tricks for families at The Roman Baths science evening on March 16th and now they are planning the next big event on Saturday April 13th 1pm Champion Trees. ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL. More details and photos at www.brlsi.org/youthactivitiesgallery.

  • Seth finds and draws the BRLSI Monster

    Seth visited BRLSI with his grandmother and followed the BRLSI Building Trail and tracked down the monster and also found lots of other interesting things.

  • Abigail first to beat the science trail

    Despite the weather Abigail and her mum beat the new BRLSI science trail, following in the steps of famous Bath Scientists and ending up at BRLSI 16 Queen Sq, site of the home of Dr Oliver, of biscuit fame

  • Paulton Junior School Wowed by Science Workshop

    Pupils from Paulton School along with 3 of their teachers visited BRLSI on Saturday November 17th and took part in a fun 'hands on' science workshop. They were really thrilled and promised to come back!

  • Tree party was great fun

    The latest BRLSI kids' workshop on Saturday Nov 10th was a great success. 15 children, BRLSI volunteers and some parents found out how to identify and measure the height girth and age of trees, in the Autumn sunshine and had great fun.

  • Party in a Tree

    Fun activity children's workshop on Saturday November 10th 1pm to 5pm. Hands on experimentation, detailed observations plus a walk in Victoria Park with Mark Cassidy B&NES Tree Officer

  • Half Term Fun: Weapons and Science

    Wednesday October 31st and November 1st. 11am to 1pm. A FREE drop in session for family activities. Meet BRLSI weapons expert. Do science experiment and tricks. Follow trails

Did you know...

Self Help

In 2009 the BRLSI hosted the 'Self Help' Mechanics Worldwide Conference. This was thanks to the tireless work of BRLSI members Bob Draper and Peter Ford.

Curatorial Curiosities

Canadian birch-bark container

Made from birch-bark with blue and red dyed porcupine quill embroidery (the blue colouration has faded), the craftsmanship of this item is superb. The person who made this container was either a Métis or First Nations aboriginal Canadian of Red River Colony, Manitoba, Canada.