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Curiosity Connections

Curiosity Connections Bristol is a new network established to support people who want to deliver inspirational primary Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning in the greater Bristol region.

The network brings together primary school teachers, science communicators, education providers, and people working in STEM industries. Via our website, newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and events we will highlight stories, curriculum-linked activities and toolkits which help you connect the STEM in the real world with STEM in school.

The Curiosity Connections network is being delivered as a collaboration between UWE Bristol and the STEM Ambassador Hub West England.

In this newsletter

Who is Curiosity Connections? 

It's you!

Curiosity Connections is a network, and so for it to be a valuable network it needs people! Pass this email on to anyone with an interest in helping primary schools deliver inspirational STEM education and encourage them to sign up to receive the newsletter.

Meet The Network event

We are inviting all primary teachers, STEM communicators and STEM volunteers in the greater Bristol area to come along and meet the Curiosity Connections network on 17th May at UWE, from 4:30pm
Curiosity Connections aims to link up primary schools with people from the wider world of STEM in Bristol, helping schools to access the range of STEM curriculum enrichment available in the area.

So come along on the 17th, meet with like-minded people, share ideas and make some plans! The event is free, and light refreshments will be provided.

Click here to register for the Curiosity Connections Meet the Network event.

Bristol Conference

In October 2017 we are planning a Curiosity Connections conference for everyone involved in primary STEM education. Watch this newsletter space and the website ( for details coming in the summer.

STEM Competitions for pupils 

School Robot Challenge

It's UK robotics week 24th - 30th June, so why not get your pupils ready for it with this bio-inspired robot design competition! Sign up by the 30th April, and the deadline for submissions is 28th May. Follow this link for more information.

Nancy Rothwell Award

This award celebrates biological specimen drawing in schools - a great combination of art and science! There is an age 7-11 category, and entries are open until 11/09/17. Follow this link for more information.

Stop the Spread

Stop the Spread is a STEM challenge which enables pupils to research the global problem of infectious diseases then use their STEM and communication skills to design a hand washing device and programme for a primary school in Kenya. Follow this link for more info!

More robots!

The robots are coming and we need to get ready! Will you Catch the Robots Bug? Why are robots exciting? Why are robots important? Why are you important to robots?! Enter by 26/05/17. Follow this link for more information.

STEM CPD for primary teachers 

Conference - Progression in Science

This conference will provide teachers from all phases of education the chance to learn about current research and outstanding practice in ensuring progression in science. It is an opportunity for leaders and teachers of science from key stage 2 to key stage 5 to consider how we can develop our practice so that pupils are inspired to develop their understanding and carry on asking questions about the world around them. (£, but book soon for an early bird discount!)

Making connections between literacy and science

Explore a range of strategies designed to improve children's ability to use scientific language (£)

Scratch programming in primary school

Get going with computational thinking skills and Scratch, and how they can support learning across the whole curriculum (bursary)

European Space Agency Robotics Training Workshop

Primary school teachers from European Space Agency (ESA) Member states (yes, that includes the UK!) are invited to apply to a new and unique training module on robotics.

The workshop will take place on 29 - 30 June 2017 at ESA’s e-robotics lab in Redu, Belgium. During the workshop teachers will learn how to use space robotics to explain elements of the science and technology curricula.

Availability is limited and the deadline for applications is 1st May, so be quick to follow this link!

April's featured resource 

Bee Bot Ahoy!

How about that Bee Bot then?! Many teachers will have access to one, and they are great as a starting point for teaching control, directional language and programming at KS1. Make use of that wonderful resource with this fun and free pirate-themed Bee Bot map from Early Learning HQ, also available on the STEM Learning online resource library.

Did you know?

The first electronic autonomous robot was created in Bristol by William Grey Walter in 1948!

Find out about Robots vs Animals from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory - the largest robotics lab of its kind in the country!

Who you gonna call?! 

Tell us your STEM story!

We want you to tell us your stories of the STEM activities you've been up to, and about any upcoming STEM events you have planned. Then we can share them with the network - sharing is caring!


If you are someone with a job in any sort of STEM-related field and you want to work with primary school aged children, or if you are a teacher wanting local scientists and engineers to visit your school, your next step is to contact the STEM Ambassador Hub West England.
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