Thinking of getting out and about?
You don’t have to go far to find a library, museum, gallery, aquarium, planetarium, university, playground, or club offering summer activities that include an element of maths or science. For example:
The University of Manchester Whitworth Art Gallery Colourful Sundays drop-in creative workshops constructing your own artwork using maths and art techniques; every Sunday, all year round, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm; for all ages; no need to book; free.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) events run all over the summer e.g. the BG Group Earth & Marine Science Summer School from 18-22 July for Y11/Y12 students, with lab-based, on-shore and off-shore activities in London and Southampton.
Camp Experts, a free UK advisory service on teen summer camps in the UK and abroad; camp courses include Maths & Chaos Theory for ages 11-14, and courses in robotics and engineering.
Debate Chamber at the University of London Union; various summer school courses in July and August e.g. Maths and Physics for ages 15-18, or Young Thinkers (including the philosophy of Harry Potter!) for ages 11-14; costs £310-£390, some bursaries available.
Working/Living Heritage Centres (various entry costs): immerse your children in the industrial revolution at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley; explore telecommunications, transport, architecture, printing, nature trails and more, including hands-on activity days in August, at Amberley Museum in West Sussex.
Digital technology ‘maker’ events: Manchester’s FabLab offers a five-day course from 29 July-2 Aug using the latest digital design and 3D printing technology to build products such as remote-controlled robots, for ages 11-16, £249; Cambridge’s Makespace community inventing lab runs Family Makers member workshops every Sunday from 10am-12 noon, for all ages, c.£3-£5pp.
The Science Museum, London; interactive displays, including the Mathematics gallery where you’ll discover the maths behind gunnery, carpentry, mapping, MP3 players and more; for all ages; free entry to most of the museum.