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 pm - 4 pm 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 2017 and Spring 2018 Programme


BRLSI Science Cadets 

Children devise their own STEM projects and take part in fun science events and visits.

Please sign up for a term.


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. 


13 January

Hands On STEM Workshop: Make it fly with Steve Kimmins


Everyone will have the chance to make objects fly through the air. Activities include hot air balloons, fizzy rockets, a wind tunnel and other tricks showing how you can find out how airplanes fly, and making special paper airplanes. There will even be a chance to fly a mini-hovercraft if you wish! 

and concurrently:

Roving the Solar System with Simon Holbeche


Since the dawn of space flight, machines have boldly gone well before humans. Manned explorations may have stalled since 1972, but machines have continued to flyby or touch down all over the Solar System and we're going to follow their exploits.


10 February

Hands On STEM Workshop: Texture of Food with Julian Vincent


Test the mechanical properties of foods and classify them as soft, brittle, tough, strong, weak, and combinations of these properties. Learn to distinguish between material and structure. 



10 March

Hands On STEM Workshop: Sustainable Chemistry with the University of Bath


Have you ever wondered what Jelly worns and fruit have in common? Come along and join us to find out! In this workshop, you will learn how to think as a scientist who cares about the environment and the world.



Other events


November and December 2017

Philosophy Seminars for 6th Formers:

November 8th to December 5th.
Wednesdays after school  5 pm to 6:30 pm 
January 2018

2018 BRLSI Young Adventurer Family Lecture

Saturday 20 January 2018
2:30 pm - 4 pm

Joint event BRLSI Geography & Adventure and Young BRLSI

Adventures Great and Small: Do It Your-way (DIY)

Join Amy (14) and Ella (12) plus their taxi-driving parents for an afternoon of tips, stories and ideas that will help you have exciting and fun family adventures of your own. They’ll also talk about being environmental activists and why they are passionate about tackling plastic pollution. Find out more about the Meek family at


#Adventure         #Presentation    #Workshops        #Fun


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



February 2018

BRLSI. The Bath Young Inventor of the Year Award 2018

Can you invent? Do you have fun ideas for designing equipment that can solve problems?
Why not spend part of the Christmas holiday making your inventions?

You could come to two February half term Invention Workshops to help you complete to turn your ideas into reality (Tuesday February 13th 'Invent it' and Friday February 16th 'Make your own invention', both 10 am to 12 pm). The closing date is Thursday February 15th.


The Award ceremony will be on Saturday February 17th 10 am to 12 pm at the Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Road.

For more information or to make an entry (free) go to [email protected]  or by post or in person to The Bath Young Inventor of the Year Award 2016 16 Queen Square, BA1 2HN



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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