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 activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) open to families and children over 8 years old 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 endeavors to make STEM subjects accessible to as wide a community as possible.

We offer:

  • Hands On STEM workshops for children 8-11
  • The Science Cadets for children 11-13
  • The Young Researchers programme for children 14+
BRLSI also provides tailor made science workshops for local schools and other groups.
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 1.00pm - 4.00pm October - July.

How to book a workshop

Please remember that advance booking is essential and you need to book early to guarantee a place!
  1. Send name of child with date of birth, contact telephone number and name of workshop to: [email protected]
  2. You will then receive confirmation if there is an available place
  3. You will then be invited to pay online through the BRLSI shop


Young BRLSI Autumn Programme 2017

.8 November

For Volunteers and to be held at University of Bath, with Graphic Science 1:30pm DBS clearance and STEM Ambassador Induction Training
At BRLSI first of 6 Philsophy seminars for 6th formers, in conjunction with Royal Institute of Philosophy FREE
5pm to 6:30pm

11 November

'Hands On' STEM Workshop: Trees Workshop with Henry Ford
Find out about plant shapes, growth patterns and  discover the underlying rules of the modular construction that  determine plant growth, behaviour, and shape.  Look carefully at leaves and branches of big trees and small plants and the basic functions of the plant.
and concurrently:
'Hands On' STEM Workshop: Sculpted by Gravity with Simon Holbeche
From the small to the unimaginably massive, everything we see is the way it is due to the gentle touch or unstoppable tug of gravity. We'll explore its effects from asteroids, planetoids, suns, black holes, galaxies, galaxy clusters and filaments between superclusters. We'll look at places to escape its influence and how we can simulate it to get to Mars safely.
Science Cadets: The Microbiology project part 1 with Lisa Buddrus. Use the digital, video microscope to find out about DNA and loads of other things
Young Researchers: Research Techniques

9 December

'Hands On' STEM Workshop: Adelard of Bath a fun workshop of Norman Science in conjunction with University of Bath. Find out about Adelard the Norman Scientist. Gaze into the Stellarium and see the heavens. Find out about the early computers that Adelard brought back from the Middle East. Come and find out how to use the Abacus and the Astrolabe and much more. 
Science Cadets: The Microbiology project part 2 with Lisa Buddrus. Devising projects
Young Researchers: Recording results

Other events

Philosophy Seminars for 6th Formers:

November 8th to December 5th.
Wednesdays after school  5pm to 6:30 

2018 BRLSI Young Adventurer Family Lecture

Saturday 20 January 2018
2.30pm - 4pm

 'We wish to announce a change of speaker for BRLSI's Young Adventurer annual family lecture on 20 January 2018...Watch this space to find out who'll be sharing their adventures...

An afternoon of adventure for children and young people 8+ years and their families.  40 places only.

All children to be accompanied by parents/carers.
Tickets: Parent/carer £4 Child/young person £2

Family Trails

BRLSI also sells illustrated self-guided family trails (50p 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 - helps you identify 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 - visit sites in the centre of Bath associated with famous Bath Scientists
The Trails are available at BRLSI reception or you can buy online via the BRLSI shop.

Youth Gallery

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

Please note all photographs on this site are copyright and MUST not be downloaded or used without written permission from Young BRLSI.

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