Sparking an interest at Bath Taps into Science
Hundreds of children have been learning just how fun science can be during an annual educational festival in Bath.
The Bath Taps into Science event was held at the University of Bath and Green Park Station and gave youngsters the opportunity to get messy in a range of interactive experiments.
Schoolchildren from across the city and further afield were invited to the university day last Friday, before it was opened up to the general public at Green Park on Saturday.
This year's theme was Citizen Science, which is all about getting the wider community interested in and involved with research and experiments.
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Some of the stalls on offer for children to get stuck into included creating giant bubbles, building robots, learning about how bees make honey and getting their hands dirty with tubs of a coloured cornflour and water mixture.
Meanwhile, children also learned about science at a weekend event run by the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI).
It was a celebration of the life and work of Adelard of Bath, who about 1,000 years ago was a leading figure in the development of maths and science, and youngsters took lessons in how to use an abacus and other tools from that time. There was also a series of fun experiments looking at water.
Betty Suchar, who is deputy chairwoman, of the BRLSI board of directors and chairwoman of its management committee, said the event had gone well and thanked the Mayor of Bath Andrew Furse for showing his support.
She said: "This is such an important initiative.
"Bath must take a lead in the West Country to promote science amongst children. It's the country's future."