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Thank you for your interest in Young BRLSI

If you want to see pictures of previous Young BRLSI activities, BRLSI Young Researchers and 'hands on workshops'

go to  http://brlsi.org/youthactivitiesgallery and click on one or other of the links, which will take you to a gallery of photographs for the workshop of your choice.

You can also got to brlsiyouthgallery.org to leave messages, ask questions and find suggestions for activities.

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 fee of £6 per workshop unless otherwise stated. Workshops are aimed at children over 8 and some workshops have a higher age limit. The BRLSI Young Researchers programme which links PhD and post doctoral students with 13+ young people in  a joint research project is open to all teenagers who are able to commit to attendance on the 2nd Saturday of the month from November to June inclusive.

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 Childhood Education, assist with the supervision of our workshops.

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

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.


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Please remember that advance booking is essential and you need to book early.

All workshops are open to children age 8 and over (unless otherwise stated). They run on the 2nd Saturday of each month (not August) from 1pm to 4pm at a cost of £6 per participant per workshop.  If there is a choice of workshops on each day, children can only opt for one as they all run concurrently.

Please note that once a place is booked and paid for we cannot refund fees in the event of non attendance.

To book, send name of child with date of birth, contact telephone number and name of workshop to: coolbookings@brlsi.org You will then receive confirmation that there is an available place and will be invited to pay on line at http://www.brlsi.org/shop/cat/128 or at BRLSI, 16 Queen Square, Bath.


May 14th Stupendous Stones and Raucous Rocks!  with Eddie Bailey and Rob Palmer; geologists from Aggregate Industries Ltd. We walk on them. We live inside them. We even eat them! A study into the fantastical world of rocks and minerals and how we use them. We are very sorry Eddie and Rob are not able to run this workshop. Elizabeth Devon has very kindly agreed to run a Geology workshop instead.

June 11th Crazy Chemistry with Dr Dave. Join Dr Dave a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry in a fun filled afternoon of science. (20 places)

July 9th What did Adela Breton get up to and how did she do it? In the 19th century BRLSI member Adele Breton visited Mexico and amassed an amazing collection which was organised in a scientific way. It helped Bath understand more about Central Amertica. Find out how to make a scientific collection yourself, conduct observations and arrange the items in a systematic way. This workshop will make use of the Adele Breton Exhibition  which will be showing at the same time. (16 places)

July 9th The Faulkes Telescope. See the starlit sky of the Southern Hemisphere with Charles Draper of the Herschel Society (8 places over 9s only)

If you have noticed any mistakes on this website please let us know at coolbookings@brlsi.org

Young BRLSI - News

  • Cooking up cool science

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

  • 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

  • Great fun with weeds

    The latest serious fun afternoon for children was a great success. Come to the next events. October 31st and November 1st

  • Fun with Weeds October 13th 1pm - 4pm

    Afternoon workshop for enthusiastic kids. A stroll around Victoria Park to look at plants often dismissed as weeds and then a walk back to BRLSI for a hands on activity filled workshop. Book before October 10th £2 email coolbookings@brlsi.org and leave details

Did you know...


Intellect in the Bath area has always been high. On 31st December 1780 Edmund Rack commented, "this institution promises much rational improvement and instruction; and has a much more favourable beginning than the Royal Society in London had 100 years ago - there being only 5 members for more than two years: and those 5 not superior in learning and genius to most of our members". 11 Members went on to become Fellows of the Royal Society!

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