A variety of hands-on activities during weekends, half-terms and school holidays. Workshops are run for all ages and cover topics in science, mathematics, computing and engineering.

  • Tim Mitchell summer school

    Summer Schools at the Ri

    Credit: Tim Mitchell

February half term workshops

Monday 13 February - Extract your own DNA (10–12 year-olds)
AM Session: 11.00am – 1.00pm SOLD OUT 
PM Session: 2.00pm – 4.00pm SOLD OUT
Students will extract their own DNA and walk away with a small piece of it in a necklace for them to wear. After harvesting their own cheek cells, they then extract the DNA by using a lysis buffer and protease digestion. To precipitate the DNA out of solution, ice cold ethanol is used which can then be transferred in to a necklace. This workshop is for 10–12 year-olds only.

Tuesday 14 February - Cosmetic Chemistry (7–9 year-olds)
Session: 11.00am – 3.00pm SOLD OUT
Students will investigate the difference between acidic and alkaline solutions, and how they can neutralise each other in a reaction by forming a salt. The workshop allows them to observe the properties of oils and waxes and how they are able to dissolve into one another, giving them a better understanding of the chemical processes behind the manufacture of toiletries such as bath bombs and lip balms. This workshop is a great introduction to pH, neutralisation, solubility and changes. This workshop is for 7–9 year-olds only

Friday 17 February - Life on Mars (13–15 year-olds)
Session: 11.00am – 3.00pm SOLD OUT
A new workshop developed by the L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre and the UCLan & Ri YSC with the support of the UK Space Agency.Students first programme a Mars rover robot made from Lego Mindstorms to collect samples from a remote planetary landscape. They then analyse the samples for various signs of life back in the laboratory.The teams will then have to decide if there is enough evidence to conclude whether life has been present and what their future course of action would be.This workshop is for 13–15 year-olds only

Family Masterclasses

These workshops are aimed at children aged 7-11 with their families, but older students and adults are welcome. There must be at least one paying adult attending with each booking. All workshops are repeated twice on each day they are running.

Sunday 19 March - Paper folding, problem solving

AM Session: 10.30am – 12.30pmSOLD OUT  
PM Session: 1.30pm – 3.30pm
There are many interesting mathematical shapes that can be made using paper or card; do you have the skills to make them? Join Katie Steckles to build some interesting and unusual shapes, and try your hand at some tricky puzzles too. Make sure to bring your problem solving skills with you!

Saturday 29 April - Briefcase Breakout
AM Session: 10.30am  – 12.30pm
PM Session: 1.30pm – 3.30pm SOLD OUT
Solve ciphers, break codes, gain access to a top secret briefcase, and win whatever you find inside…There’s too much work for one person so you’ll need to work together as a family team, and one of the challenges can only be read using an Enigma machine… Don’t worry – a real one will be present, and you’ll have the opportunity to interact with it and ask any questions you may have! Learn about cryptography and more in this exciting hands-on workshop.

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