Local libraries will be getting a bit louder this half-term, but it’s all in the name of science as local children come to learn and have fun.
Bath & North East Somerset Council has teamed up with the Institute of Physics, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI) and the University Bath to bring science to young people across the district.
Three of the Council’s Libraries will be hosting hour-long hands-on workshops to teach 8 to 11-year-olds about the science of sound.
The three workshops are free but limited to 10 places. They take place on Thursday 31st October at Bath Library from 10.30am to 11.30am; Friday 1st November at Radstock Library from 10.30am to 11.30am and the same day at Paulton Hub Library from 2pm-5pm. Bookings can be made at the hosting library or by emailing [email protected].
Councillor David Dixon (Lib-Dem, Oldfield), Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Working in partnership with local organisations, Bath & North East Somerset Council’s libraries are presenting an exciting range of activities and events for all ages across the district. There really is something for everyone at our local libraries”.
The collaboration arises out of a grant awarded by the Institute of Physics to the BRLSI and The University of Bath to run physics workshops in rural areas.
Dr Alex Narduzzo, a Teaching Fellow at the University and secretary of the Institute of Physics in the South West, said: “We encourage our students to improve their skills in communicating science. So we ask them to make activities for children and then to support the kids as they have fun finding out fundamental principles of science. These workshops are part of our outreach programme.”
Paul Thomas, convenor of children’s activities at the BRLSI, said: “We hope that children will discover the scientific facts behind the noises and the sounds we hear every day.
“At the BRLSI we run monthly hands-on science workshops but not all children can get into Bath so that is why we’ve teamed up with the University of Bath so we can take science out into rural areas.
“So my challenge to local children is don’t just make a row. Find out where the sounds come from, where they go to and why.”