Family Discovery Day: Sustainability & Climate Change

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Drop in at any time

A fun packed day of experiments and activities to help families and young people understand the environment and climate change. We help you learn how you can do your bit and understand the developing technologies that can help, from solar powered cars to tricks on how your house could be more energy efficient. Just come along and join in the fun for most things – though you do need to book onto the solar cell workshop, either before or on the day, and certain activities are timed.


Our friendly volunteers await things that need fixing!  Dig out your  bikes, laptops and clothes that need some TLC and we can help you learn how to fix it, give it a new lease of life and keep it out of landfill!

Who will be there? Bike mechanics from Julian House// Kecks -innovative up-cycle solutions for your clothes //Reboot – PC engineers// City to Sea – advising on how to keep our oceans clean// Bathnes – ‘Love Your Clothes’ plus electrical and plenty more recycling information.


BRLSI (Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution) Science Cadets help you have fun working out plans to save the planet from the excesses of climate change. They think that the people of the world waste far too much energy. They passionately believe that everyone in the Bath area could do their bit in saving energy in their home. Not only will this be a good thing for the planet but it will save you money… Want to know more? Come to this ‘hands on’ demonstration… Find out how energy efficient you are at home. Learn some tricks to help you be more energy efficient and share your ideas.


Torch powered races using solar powered cars, a marble run to explain solar cell energetics and cells that are made using amazing new technologies.


Ages 7-14. Book in advance or sign up on the day: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

Solar energy is renewable, clean and there’s a huge amount available, but we need ways to collect it. Join scientists at the University of Bath to find out about what goes on inside a solar cell and build your own from berries and pencils. Plants are already fantastic at using the Sun’s energy by photosynthesis, but we need to develop other technologies to help humans capitalise on solar energy. Here at Bath we research new types of solar cells to make producing renewable energy cheaper and more efficient in the future.

We’ll be running experiments throughout the day to find out what type of berries make the best solar cells. The solar cell making workshop takes 30 minutes, so join up and find out whether a blackberry, strawberry or blueberry can help save the planet.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE TO ALL OUR VOLUNTEERS: Bathnes Recycling, Julian House, Re-boot, Kecks, City to Sea, Volunteer Support – University of Bath Student Union & University of Bath student Green Champions