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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.

Have you entered the BATH YOUNG INVENTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD Award? Entries (free) close on Febuary 15th.




April 9th Can Chemistry save the planet? Join Emma, Helena and Andrew and a team of PhD students in an afternoon of fun and learn more about Chemistry and sustainable solutions to energy conscious living. (20 places)

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. (20 places) This workshop is a re run of the very successful workshop we ran last summer.

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)



Spring Programme 2016

February 13th  1pm to 4pm

Be an engineer  with Kath The Chartered Engineer. What does an engineer look like and do. Build the strongest bridge with drinking straws. 5 different types to choose from.  And other fun projects.(20 places for children over 8)


1:30pm to 4pm Lotions & Potions with Anna (8 place for  children over 9)

February half term

As part of the BRLSI Bath Young Inventor of the Year Award which is open to all ages up to and including 18

Tuesday 10 am to 1pm February 16th Invent it (10 places) A workshop to give you ideas for your invention and devise an entry

Friday 10am to 1pm February 19th  Make your own invention (10 places) A workshop to help you complete your invention  for the competition.

Saturday February 20th 9:30 am to 12:30pm


Inventor of the Year Award judging and prize giving.

March 12th 1pm to 4pm

Brainwave as part of Brain Awareness Week, with Dr Sarah (16 places for children between 8 and 10) Find out how the brain works by taking part in four fun activities. Students from the University of Bath will be helping. This is a repeat of last year’s very successful workshop.


Electricity and Magnetism with Steve Kimmins from Airbus (16 places for children over 8) Amaze yourself with what a magnet can do - from a theatre to a gun. Track the journey of an electron. Make electricity yourself.  You can even be an electric conductor without being electrocuted!

BRLSI. The Bath Young Inventor of the Year Award 2016

The closing date is February 17th  2016. (Please note that as exhibition space is limited the number of entries will be restricted so early applications are advised. A waiting list will be created if necessary)

Entries to be delivered at10:00am on February 20th  to the Museum of Bath at Work.

There is annual ‘perpetual’ trophy which is be held by the winner for one year only, but inscribed with the winner’s name.

All entrants will receive a certificate of entry and prizes will awarded to all outstanding entries

The competition will be judged by local entrepreneurs, inventors and academics.

Specification and details for competition

Produce a table top exhibit backed up by any necessary ‘blueprints’ and instructions and a short (no more than 3 minute oral) presentation to explain and or to demonstrate any idea for a practical solution to any identified problem, task or a technological or engineering challenge.

Entrants will need to explain:

  1. The need for the invention and the possible market.
  2. The way in which the invention solves the identified problem
  3. The way in which the invention can be made.

Ideally entrants should provide a working model, but this is not essential

The exhibit should fit onto a table top measuring a maximum of  140 cm x 70 cm x 70 cm

It can be completed in any medium or mixed media eg working models, digital representation, drawings or instruction manuals

Support will be provided if needed.

If you express an early interest BRLSI, Bath at Work and the organising committee will offer additional information and support via the BRLSI website www.brlsi.org/youthactivitiesgallery and individual and group  ‘mentoring’ workshops at BRLSI on February 16th and February 19th.

Entries (free) can be made at coolbookings@brlsi.org  or by post or in person to The Bath Young Inventor of the Year Award 2016 16 Queen Square, BA1 2HN

Please supply Full Name. Date of Birth. Address. Email. Telephone number and also indicate that you have read and understood the specifications and agree to abide by them.

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

  • 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

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