At-Bristol’s science workshops aren’t just for kids, and we’re working together to offer some great activities that will inspire and amaze adults too. All the workshops are run by At-Bristol staff in their specialist facilities and include entrance to the main science centre. All course fees include admission to the main venue.
To find out more or to book a place please visit www.at-bristol.org.uk or call At-Bristol on 0117 9157777
On Shaky Ground?
- Friday 15th Sept 2017, 10am to 2:30pm (includes an hour for lunch) £19.50 per person
Most earthquakes are caused by natural processes but can have very human consequences, with roughly 10,000 deaths a year globally. But engineering can help. Learn about what causes earthquakes and apply key engineering principles to the construction of an earthquake resistant building that will be tested to destruction on our special shaking table. Natural seismic events will also be considered alongside human-made ones, including those caused by hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’).
- Friday 24 Nov 2017, 3pm to 4:30pm £9.70 per person
What is computer programming and what is an algorithm? An introduction to robotics and programming using LEGO Mindstorms technology. In small teams (maximum 3) you will construct simple visual code to operate sensors on a robot, navigate a map and complete a mission – and all with no prior knowledge of programming required.
A Trick of the Light
- Monday 4th Dec 2017, 3pm to 4pm £9.70 per person
A treasure hunt with a difference… and a bit of laser limbo! Explore the properties of light – from lasers to UV to infinity mirrors and phosphorescence – before embarking on a series of lightrelated puzzles. Who will be the first to get the key to the smoke machine and successfully navigate the laser maze?
Fossils and Evolution
- Monday 18th Dec 2017, 3pm to 4:30pm £9.70 per person
Look under your feet…the past is there! We travel back in time to discover what rocks and fossils can tell us about the history of life on Earth, examine incredible real fossils, collect and interpret evidence on the evolution of a familiar species and spin the Great Evolutionary Wheel of Fortune to find out how evolutionary change has been driven by the struggle for survival in a changing world.
- Thursday 11th Jan 2018, 10am to 2:30pm (includes an hour for lunch) £19.50 per person
We hear a lot about climate change, but what does being green actually mean, what is the science behind it all and why should we care? This stimulating day includes a 3D Planetarium show and offers first-hand experience of the science behind the headlines – examining the causes and consequences of climate change and the contribution we can each make. You will have your psychic abilities tested, measure the warming effect of carbon dioxide in the lab, follow a trail around At-Bristol’s exhibits and make a mini solar cooker.
Atoms to Astrophysics
- Wednesday 24th Jan 2018, 10am to 11:30am £9.70 per person
This is the journey from the centre of the atom to the cosmos, told in particles, waves and energy. Amazing practical activities and demonstrations culminate with our brand new paintball particle accelerator, to show how the really small stuff helps us to understand the really big stuff!
The Science of Scent
- Tuesday 6th Feb 2018, 2pm to 3pm £9.70 per person
How do we detect scents, what makes things smell and can perfume really make us more attractive? Here we look at the ancient mixture of science, art and psychology that is perfumery, consider the questions above and find out whether we can even tell the ‘good’ from the ‘bad’ of expensive high street smells!
Is There Anybody Out There?
- Friday 20th April 2018, 10am to 3:30pm (includes an hour for lunch) £19.50 per person
Alien life must surely be out there. Find out how we detect ‘exoplanets’, how we find out if they could support life and consider what that life might look like anyway. This day – which includes two amazing Planetarium shows – starts by looking at evidence before you measure your own mini exoplanets as they orbit the sun. You’ll use spectroscopes to analyse light sources and decide whether a planet’s atmosphere is habitable, before considering what aliens might be like and how we might communicate with them.
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New course dates will be available in our next Course Guide 2018 -19 from Summer 2018