IOP equipment wows local MP in Bath

28 September 2015

Bath MP Ben Howlett visited Bath Royal Literary and Scientific hands-on family science event.

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific hands-on family science event

Over 250 popped in to have a go at experiments in magnetism and electricity. Most of the equipment came from an outreach grant made by IOP to the BRLSI 18 months ago.  The experiments were coordinated by BRLSI member Steve Kimmins who has worked closely with members of the University of Bath Physics, working up a routine. Ben chatted to most of the two dozen BRLSI volunteers who staffed the activities, including Kath Waring, named as the local STEM Ambassador of the year, a chartered engineer who was encouraging children to think about STEM as a possible career.  Steve and his colleagues were kept very busy with all the questions and frantic fingers.

One mum commented: “We were astonished by so many interesting things and the children could have a go themselves. And a dad said “BRLSI do a fantastic job- we are very grateful for these opportunities.”

The IOP equipment is due to go on tour to various estates on the outskirts of Bath as part of the BRLS Autumn Programme of after-school outreach workshops. Any local members of IOP would be warmly welcomed to join any of the BRLSI workshops teams by contacting Paul Thomas at twmthomas@hotmail.co.uk.