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Youth Activities

Youth Activities

If you want to see full details of the Youth Activities programme, BRLSI Bath Young Inventor of the Year Award and pictures of previous workshops go to:


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.


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: 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.


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 5th 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 on hand to help you learn all about two of the world’s earliest computers and you will be shown how to use the abacus and the astrolabe. 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 and 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 lip 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. 

The programme:-

November 14th Induction and choice of projects

December 12th Reviewing Research Techniques


Spring Programme 2016

January 9th 1pm to 4pm

The Global Experiment with Dr Dave and Dr Beth (16 places for children over 10) Join in this experiment and report back to the Royal Society of Chemistry.Find out about hydrogels and how they intereact with water. Do all the scientific investigations, measurements, observations and recording. Then compare your results with those from round the world. Discover the environmental impact of hydrogels


‘Water works for us all’ with Gillian from Wessex Water (15 places for children over 8) Have you used a tap or a toilet today?  Be a Wessex Water scientist for the afternoon? Join in with some watery experiments and find out what goes on behind the scenes. Carry out 3 investigations.Develop your scientific skills and team work strengths. Be an H20 hero or heroine! 

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)


2pm 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

Inventor of the Year Award judging and prize giving on Saturday February 20th 9:30 am to 12:30pm FREE


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!


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



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

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