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Youth Activities is passionate about learning and serious fun in a relaxing academic environment. We provide a wide variety of fascinating and stimulating activities in science, technology, engineering and maths every second Saturday in the month from 1.00pm to 4.00pm (not August). This includes research opportunities for teenagers (BRLSI Science Cadets and Young Researchers).


If you want to see pictures of previous Young BRLSI activities, BRLSI Young Researchers and 'hands on workshops' go to and click on the link, which will take you to a gallery of photographs for the workshop of your choice.


You can also go to 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 Science Cadets group meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month and is open to all children aged 11,12 and 13. It provides opportunities to undertake challenging activities in a variety of projects involving Science Technology, Engineering and Maths. The BRLSI Young Researchers programme which links PhD and post doctoral students with 14+ 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 October to July 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.

BRLSI also sells illustrated self guided family trails which have been devised by members of Young BRLSI. Each trail lasts approximately one hour:

> Adelard of Bath. This trail takes you around the Norman city which England's first Mathematician knew well.

> Tree Gazers Trail in Victoria Park which helps you identify a score of celebrated and in some cases, champion trees.

> Geology Trail which helps you identify some amazing rocks brought back from all around the world and used in building of some of Bath's notable buildings.

> Science Trail visiting sites in centre of Bath associated with famous Bath Scientists


The Trails are available at BathTourist Office or at BRLSI reception or you can buy online via the BRLSI shop.

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 for

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 or September) from 1.00pm - 4.00pm 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.


To book, send name of child with date of birth, contact telephone number and name of workshop to: .  You will then receive confirmation if there is an available place and will be invited to pay on line at

Payments are non refundable in the event of a cancellation, but the bookings are transferable provided BRLSI is informed in advance.




You are welcome to come along to FREE BRLSI events at  The University of Bath 



Saturday October 15th: 10.00am - 4.00pm at The Edge  Drop-in to share ideas and learn how to save the planet by simple energy saving activities for all, in everybody’s home.

Saturday November 12th: "Leaves and Branches" with Dr Henry Ford. It is Autumn and a good time to look carefully at the bare wood of trees and the rotting skeletons of leaves. Find out where leaves have branching networks and branches are shaped the way they are. (20 places)

Saturday December 10th: "Light and Colour". Make your own rainbow, Find out why sunlight behaves the way it does. Experience what happens when the sun is blotted out. Can you capture a beam of light? (20 places)


BRLSI Science Cadets young people aged 11-13 (16 places)

This is an opportunity to take part in monthly, really practical, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) projects. Learning skills like planning, observation, analysing, recording (both textual, statistical and visual), presenting and leadership. Taking part in creative activities such as, devising STEM activity sheets for young children, devising self guided STEM trails for families and learning to be a STEM guide, undertaking experiments to concoct a toolkit to help householders in Georgian Buildings to save energy, devise, create and staff pop up STEM stalls to delight families, help young children to become inventors and loads of other self generated ideas.


BRLSI Young Researchers young people aged 14+ (18 places)

This is a ten month programme (October to July) aimed at enabling young people aged 14+ to learn, from and with PhD researchers what it is like to be a researcher, by completing a meaningful research project. The Programme is modelled on the real-life scientific research processes that take place in university departments. It uses techniques and methods to create an immersive experience, visits to research labs and includes an opportunity for all participants to reflect on their own learning.

BRLSI in conjunction with the Rotal Institute of Philosophy -  6th Form Philsophy Seminars  

a series of one and a half hour sessions from 9th November to 14th December Wednesday 5pm to 6:30pm 

Enhance your knowledge, extend your understanding develop your analytical and critical thinking skills.

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