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Curiosity Connections Bristol Conference

The Curiosity Connections Conference 2017 is for anyone with an interest in inspiring primary STEM education in the Bristol region: teachers, STEM communicators, STEM Ambassadors, STEM employers.

When: Thursday 23rd November 2017, 11:30am – 6pm (add to Google calendar). Please join us at whatever point you can!

Where: Aerospace Bristol, Hayes Way, Patchway, Bristol, BS34 5BZ (Google map)

How: Click here to register online. The cost is £20 per person (all revenue goes towards covering the cost of putting on the conference).

What: Talks and discussions, networking and activity ideas galore from some of the most relevant and engaging people in STEM education, right here, right now. From cutting edge research on learning outside the classroom to practical support for working with primary age children, there’s something for everyone.

Full programme – Curiosity Connections Conference Programme 2017 (pdf)

Includes lunch and twilight networking under Concorde.

Follow this link to register for the Curiosity Connections Bristol Conference.

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What's new on the website 

Research from the Enterprising Science project at the UCL Institute of Education is throwing light on how teachers can better engage children in science learning. The Science Capital Teaching Approach is designed to support teachers in getting their pupils find more meaning and relevance in science.

We have added links to the resources on our Toolkits page as we think that although the approach is based on research done in secondary schools, it also has a lot to offer primary school settings. Why not take a look and let us know what you think?

Get DRY with a tree survey!

The DRY Project (Drought Risk and You) lead by the University of the West of England, brings together a unique blend of science and stories across seven river catchments in the UK.

The DRY Project provides an opportunity for pupils to work with scientists by gathering valuable data in their local area for a national Tree Survey. The activities are related to a range of learning objectives relevant to the national curriculum including Science, Geography and Mathematics and promote scientific enquiry, inquisitive minds and time spent outdoors.

Find out more on our website!

Get ready for a Big Bang in 2018 

An awesome festival of science and engineering for all children is coming to Weston-super-Mare!

The Big Bang @ Weston will be on the seafront at The Tropicana on Friday 27th April and Saturday 28th April 2018.

There will be displays and interactive stands all about the amazing Science and Engineering that happens right here in the West - the place will be filled to bursting with real life scientists and engineers!

Plus a chance to get right in to the action by getting involved with the brand new primary competition - the Big Bang Pack-a-Lunch Challenge (see below).

Click here to find out more!

STEM Competitions for pupils 

PA's Raspberry Pi Competition 2018

Now in its sixth year, the PA Raspberry Pi Competition is open for registrations until 5th March 2018. This year’s theme is sustainability and the challenge is to use the Raspberry Pi - a cheap, capable, credit-card-sized computer - to invent something that will help save the planet.

Click here for more competition details!

Big Bang Pack-a-Lunch Challenge 

The Big Bang Pack-a-Lunch Challenge asks pupils to design a new recyclable lunchbox, create menus with locally sourced food and then develop a marketing campaign for their creation!
Participation in the challenge will give primary schools the opportunity for their pupils to play an active part in The Big Bang @ Weston science and engineering fair (see above) being held on the 27th and 28th April 2018 at The Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare. Click here for more information.

STEM CPD for primary teachers 

Teaching primary science: humans in space

There are many topics in the primary science curriculum where you can use the theme of space to engage pupils. For example, designing an astronaut’s space suit can bring in aspects of the science curriculum to do with properties and the uses of materials.

Through this online course starting in January you will:
  • identify opportunities across the curriculum to use space as a context for learning
  • design lessons that show science in an applied context
  • identify careers that link in to the space industry
Click here for more information (£)

ASE West of England Conference 2017

ASE West of England's Annual Conference will take place at Bath Spa University on Saturday 18th November 2017, 9am - 1:30pm. A range of science CPD workshops for primary and secondary educators will be available, and there will be a keynote talk from Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell. Free to ASE members, £20 others.

Click here for more information (£)

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!

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.


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