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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 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+ ypung people in a joint reserach project is open to all teenagers who ate 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.
BRLSI Science Workshops
Children and Young People
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: email@example.com 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.
September 12th Heritage Open Doors day. This event is FREE
Drop in any time after 1pm until 4pm doors close at 3:30pm.
An afternoon of ‘enlightenment’ fun science and technology activities for all the family. Children must be accompanied by an adult. View the stars, examine the 24 foot fossil cast, stare deep into the darkness of the universe, use the Faulkes telescope and much, much more.
If you want to avoid queues for the various activities send name and ages of children to firstname.lastname@example.org and then you can have ‘express’ access to the experiments of your choosing.
October 10th Our dynamic planet with Elizabeth Devon (16 places for children 9 and over only)
An afternoon of exploring the tectonic activity on our planet from volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis to fold mountains.
November 14th, with Steve Kimmins. Come and make things fly.
Find out about ‘lift’. All sorts of experiments about flying. Try to fly a hot air balloon, set off a rocket, ride the hovercraft, make your own plane, discover how planes weighing hundreds of tons defeat gravity and take off.
A special one off Christmas Science event for all the family
December 6th The Liquid Nitrogen Show with Dr Peter Ford MBE PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A MORNING EVENT. 10:30am to 12pm.
Watch the marvels of liquid nitrogen. Peter will explain and demonstrate the reasons for the effects that liquid nitrogen creates.
December 12th. An afternoon with Adelard of Bath.
Adelard Bath's Norman Scientist will be in hand to help you learn all about two of the world’s earliest computers and show you will be shown how to use themuse them - the abacus and the astrolabe. Admire the stellarium which is going to be the memorial for Bath’s most important mathematician and scientist. Find out how the sky at night has changed since Adelard’s day with the help of the Faulkes Telescope Challenge your mind by using Roman Numerals to add up, subtract, will you ever be able to multiply!
December 12th Lotions and Potions with Anna Gann. PLEASE NOTE STARTS AT 2PM (for children over 9. Eight places only)
Anna will tell you how you can use ordinary plants, (like those you might grow in your garden and other natural ingredients) to make toiletry products such as lips balms and glosses. And while you are making them you will be creating exotic and sophisticated Chistmas presents!
BRLSI Young Researchers Programme for ALL young people aged thirteen + (under 18).
£6 per session. Participants will be expected to attend on the 2nd Saturday of each month from November to June
The 8 month project aims to:
- Enable 13+ young people to learn from and with PhD and post doctoral students what it is like to be a researcher by completing a meaningful research project .
- Develop an ability to enquire in a disciplined and creative scientific manner.
- Improve skills in observation
- Improve skills in presentation
The programme will result in the publication of a ‘research’ paper and a ‘research presentation conference’.
Bath University supervisors will meet up with young researchers on the 2nd Saturday afternoon of every month at BRLSI 16 Queen Square.
October 17th Presentation of the findings of the BRLSI Young Researchers Programme
NB this event will be held at The University of Bath. It is FREE and open anyone who is interested, families, BRLSI members and friends.
The 2014 -2015 Young researchers in the company of their mentors will present their findings, launch the publication of their research paper. There will also be a chance for young people interested in joining the 2015 – 2016 programme to find out more and meet some of the BRLSI and University Staff who will be responsible for the operation of the programme.
November 14th Induction and choice of projects
December 12th Reviewing Research Techniques
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Youth Activities - News
Saturday, 12th October - Childrens Workshop 1pm to 3pm . A chance to learn about the science of food
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
On Saturday March 9th as part of one of BRLSI 2nd Saturday Children's Science Workshops the Mayor launched The Adelard Trail
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 visited BRLSI with his grandmother and followed the BRLSI Building Trail and tracked down the monster and also found lots of other interesting things.
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
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!
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.
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
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