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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 November 8th 1pm to 4pm (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. FULL

RSC‘Global’ Experiment (9+ only) FULL

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

Saturday December 13th 1pm to 4pm

Milky Way Zoo (10+ only) Explore galaxies for real using a computer control link to a professional telescope and analyse galaxy images to help understand better how they evolve.

Charles Draper of the Herschel Society leads this workshop.

Water Works For Us All! (over 8 only) FULL

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.

For young people 13+ The BRLSI Young Scientists Research Group.

On the second Saturday of every month meet up with PhD students from the University of Bath and join them in a real research project. £12 per term for three sessions.

In addition, we are also hosting
Wednesday 6th November to Wednesday 10th December 5pm to 6:30pm

Royal Institute of Philosophy series of 6th Form seminars.

Six free sessions will take place between 5pm and 6:30pm on Wednesdays, beginning on 5th November. The series will explore some of the main ideas and problems of modern philosophy, with an emphasis on discussion and exploration around these issues. View the poster for this event here. Free events, but booking is essential.



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...

Wine seller.

In our original building, next to Parade Gardens, the vaults were rented out to a wine merchant.

Curatorial Curiosities

6-shot percussion pepperbox revolver Clough & Son of Bath

Early six-shooter:This six shot percussion pepperbox revolver was made by Clough & Son of Bath (who were based on Southgate Street), c.1850. It has a fluted barrel block with six numbered chambers, each stamped with London proof marks. The rounded frame, chequered walnut 1-piece grip, and blueing (passivation) of the steel, are all testament to the fine craftsmanship of this piece.