University of Bath

Bath Taps into Science

An overview of Bath Taps into Science including what's on offer throughout this week-long science festival which runs during British Science Week.

What is Bath Taps into Science?

The Bath Taps into Science festival focuses on inspiring and engaging children, families, and adults with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and runs each year during British Science Week.

Launched in Science Week 2000, Bath Taps has grown each year to a record-breaking 8,500 attendees in 2017. With 60 exciting events, there is something for everyone during the week which includes hands-on workshops, demos, activities, talks, and school-based projects. The week is rounded off with two large science fairs – one for families and adults and the other just for schools. Have a look at our report from last year’s festival for more details.

The Widening Participation Office work with the Department of Mathematical Sciences to plan and run the festival as well as working collaboratively with local industries who provide sponsorship.

Bath Taps into Science is part of the UK Science Festival Network where we share our expertise in running festivals with others across the UK.

Two main areas of activity

An Educational Programme for schools

As well as project managing the festival the Widening Participation team leads on the Educational Programme for schools. This week-long programme of STEM events for both primary and secondary schools includes bookable workshops and talks in schools and trips to the University. If you would like more information please keep an eye on the festival website for more details. You can also sign up for our festival newsletter for updates about events and activities on offer.

We are always keen to encourage students from under-represented groups to consider science as an option in the future and are keen for schools of all types to get involved in the festival. To support the most disadvantaged schools and students we offer support towards travel costs for events such as the Schools Science Fair held on the University campus.

Programme of events for families and adults

We also run a number of projects in the run-up to the festival for more details of these see the following pages: