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~ Book your places on the Autumn Programme NOW ~
How to book a workshop
Please remember that advance booking is essential and you need to book early to guarantee a place!
- Send name of child with date of birth, contact telephone number and name of workshop to: [email protected]
- You will then receive confirmation if there is an available place
- You will then be invited to pay online through the BRLSI shop
Young BRLSI is all about serious fun
The Young BRLSI programme is part of the BRLSI's outreach initiative to involve all enthusiastic learners under the ages of 18 in all aspects of science and technology. Young BRLSI provides a wide variety of fun and engaging youth activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) open to families and children over 8 years old (year 3/KS2) throughout the Bath area.
Young BRLSI is passionate about learning and fun in a relaxing yet academic environment. These workshops are organised in a caring, safe, learning environment which gives children and young people an opportunity to practise study, research, and presentation skills related to STEM. Young BRLSI endeavours to make STEM subjects accessible to as wide a community as possible.
We will offer this autumn:
- Hands-on Junior Scientist sessions to give children in years 3 to 7 an opportunity to practise study, research, and presentation skills.
- Junior Astronomers, for children in years 3 to 7, will investigate the history of the universe and how humankind uses technology to discover the secrets of outer space. Now meeting monthly!
- The Young Curators programme, for children in years 6 to 8, will allow children to devise their own fun and interactive collection display for next year's BRLSI museum exhibition. It is open to all young people who are able to commit to attendance on the 2nd Saturday of each month from October to January inclusive.
- The Young Researchers programme, for children in year 7 and above, links PhD students and postdoctoral researchers with young people in a joint research project. It is open to all young people who are able to commit to attendance on the 2nd Saturday of each month from October to July inclusive.
Please note that these workshops run concurrently, so your child can only choose one.
Young BRLSI works closely with local institutions of higher education in order to share resources and utilise the skills and knowledge of both academic staff and undergraduate and post graduate students who are passionate about their subjects. In addition, students from the Bath-based, world famous Norland College for Childhood Education assist with the supervision of our workshops, making sure the children receive the very best in pastoral care.
Young BRLSI runs activities every second Saturday of the month from 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm October - July (not August or September), at BRLSI, 16 - 18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN.
Young BRLSI Autumn 2018 Programme
BRLSI Young Researchers
We are taking names for next year's programme which begins on October 13th 2018. Also, save the date: the 2017 - 2018 Programme Presentation Conference will be on October 6th 2018.
Junior Scientists - Designing everyday products for disabled people with Hazel Boyd
We will learn to think about what disabled people might need in order to use products we all use every day, and come up with design ideas to help people do more things easily.
Junior Astronomers - G2V with Simon Holbeche
8 planets, numerous dwarf planets and innumerable big lumps of rock and ice orbit a rather unspectacular G2V star. How could it all have formed and what mysteries does it keep?
Young Curators - Making a game with Daniela De Angeli
Participants will gather to create a game around BRLSI and its collection. We will brainstorm together to finalise a game concept, make some rapid prototypes to improve game play, and ultimately design a full game.
Junior Scientists - Human circulation with Richard Mann
We will learn about our arteries and veins and how oxygen is moved through the body by observing how our bodies work, by making ourselves a simple stethoscope and by creating a model of the circulatory system.
Junior Astronomers - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star... with Simon Holbeche
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, I know exactly what you are
Opaque ball of hot dense gas, Million times our planet's mass
Looking small because you're far, I know exactly what you are [Julia Kregenow and Jason Wright]
Young Curators - Designing a display space with Daniela De Angeli
Continuing on from the game development in October, we will devise our own fun and interactive collection display for next year's BRLSI museum exhibition.
Junior Scientists - Renewable energy and smart grids with Nikki Pillinger
We will learn about the four main renewable energy types - solar, wind, hydro and biomass - and explore how future decentralised grid systems are likely to function.
Junior Astronomers - Space with Simon Holbeche
Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. [Douglas Adams, HGTTG]
Young Curators - 3D Scanning with Daniela De Angeli
Participants will learn how to create 3D replicas of artefacts using a technique called photogrammetry. We will use a mobile application to take photos of artefacts from the BRLSI collection and transform the photos into a 3D model.
Young BRLSI Spring 2019 Programme
Young Curators - Developing an Augmented Reality Application with Daniela De Angeli
We will learn how to develop a basic AR application. The app will enhance the game developed in October and the 3D models created in December.
Stay tuned for the full Spring 2019 programme.
BRLSI also sells illustrated self-guided family trails (for only £1 each), which have been devised by members of Young BRLSI. Each trail lasts approximately one hour:
Adelard of Bath - takes you around the Norman city, which England's first Mathematician knew well
Tree Gazers Trail in Victoria Park - helps you identify a score of celebrated and, in some cases, champion trees
Geology Trail - shows you some amazing rocks brought back from all around the world and used in the building of some of Bath's notable buildings in the centre of the city
Science Trail - takes you to sites in the centre of Bath associated with famous Bath Scientists
Queen Square Park Trail - explores the history of Queen Square in the heart of Bath with you. Be inspired by the amazing variety of trees in the park, too
The trails are available at BRLSI reception, at BRLSI, 16 - 18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN.
If you want to see pictures of previous Young BRLSI activities, BRLSI Young Researchers, BRLSI Science Cadets and Hands On workshops go to www.brlsi.org/youthactivitiesgallery .