Want to inspire & engage families in research?

Next year’s Bath Taps into Science Festival, running 20 and 21 March 2015, will offer researchers (including those from social science disciplines) a great opportunity to engage children and families in research.

Established over 10 years ago, Bath Taps started as an opportunity to inspire and excite children through interactive science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities. This remains a core part of its remit but its activities have since expanded to include a family lecture, Ignite-style talks (five-minute long summaries of research) and opportunities for people to take part in real-life research.

The main opportunity to engage people in research will run 9am - 4pm on Saturday 21 March when a marquee (with associated electricity supply) will be set-up in Victoria Park and filled with a variety of activities.

Research where people undertake quick tests, surveys or offer their opinions on issues might be well-suited for this set-up. Alongside such opportunities will be Ignite-style talks and interactive STEM activities.

In addition on Friday 20 March, 9.30am - 3.30pm, a Schools Science Fair will take place on campus in the Founders Hall. Around 1,500 children (chiefly in years 5 and 6) will attend and the focus will be on STEM activities. However, any researcher undertaking research that requires the input of children or teachers might be able to take advantage of this pool of potential participants.

If you'd like to be involved in Bath Taps or would like any further details, please contact Andrew Ross in Widening Participation - a.j.ross@bath.ac.uk, ext 5418.

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