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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 work 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 run 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: coolbookings@brlsi.org
  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.

Summer Programme 2017

BRLSI 2nd Saturday ‘hands on’ workshops children (8 to 10)

20 places only unless otherwise stated - £6 per workshop

June 10th

Sustainable Chemistry for life (20 places) Come and join Maria and Miriam with their friends from the University of Bath to have fun. In this workshop you will learn how to think as a scientist who cares about the environment and the world.

July 8th

Water works. Join Gillian from Wessex Water to find out all you need to know about Taps and Toilets! Where would we be without them? Would you like to have a go at analysing water samples and cleaning some sewage? The skills of observation, measuring, working in a team and making conclusions will be important. (20 places)

Science Cadets and Young Researchers

BRLSI Science Cadets - runs every 2nd Saturday (not August). Children devise their own STEM projects and take part in fun science events. £18 for the summer term. (11-13 year olds; 18 places only) This group provides opportunities to undertake challenging activities through a variety of fun projects involving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

BRLSI Young Researchers - runs every 2nd Saturday (not August). PhD students pair up with young people to follow a research project. £18. for the summer term. (14-16 year olds). Open to all teenagers. We are also currently taking bookings for October 2017 to October 2018!

Special events

Free events (just turn up!)

Research It! May 6th. 11am to 4pm.  University of Bath Campus. University's 50th Birthday Party. Young BRLSI will be in The Big Marquee, close to University Bus Station. Use the East Car Park. Join BRLSI Young Researchers to improve your research skills using simple, fun 'hands on' activities and find out about their 9 month long research projects.

'Go Bang' Saturday 1st July 12pm-3pm at St John's School in Trowbridge 

Saturday October 7th BRLSI Young Researchers Annual Academic Conference at The University of Bath Free. All BRLSI members, friends, families and members of the public are invited to share the presentations by all the participants from the 2016 - 2017 programme.

Outreach workshops

Foxhill Curo Offices, 1st Tuesday in the month 4.00pm to 5.00pm Free

44AD Studios, York Street Bath, 2nd Friday in the month 4.00pm to 5.00pm Free 

Gateway Centre, Snowhill, 3rd Wednesday in the month 4:30pm to 5:30pm Free

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. 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 the building of some of Bath's notable buildings in the centre of the city.
  • Science Trail visiting sites in the centre of Bath associated with famous Bath Scientists.

The Trails are available at 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 www.brlsi.org/youthactivitiesgallery  which will take you to a gallery of photographs for the workshop or activity of your choice.