Curiously Bristol in Autumn 2017

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

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.

In this newsletter

Stories from around the Network 

Super Science Saturday!

St Paul’s Catholic Primary School in Yate held a Super Science Saturday event in school on 17th June.
The main objective for the event was to increase parental engagement with their children’s learning, this is why it was held on a Saturday afternoon and offered free of charge. It was wonderful to see the children’s love of science shared with their families!
Fr Jim set a challenge to transport an egg in a self-propelled vehicle and medals and prizes were available for a variety of categories. This challenge caused great excitement and competition between the families for many days leading up to the event!
All together there were 5 hour long workshops families could chose from. Emma Schierbaum from Baylabs deliver a free chemistry workshop where the children made their own lip balms. There was also a marble run challenge, Eggstranaut lander, animal encounters and Sunset in a Tube from STEM Ambassador Paul Treble from the Institute of Physics.
Families completed evaluation forms which were all extremely positive about the day and many requested that it becomes an annual event! It did take a lot of time to organise and couldn’t have been run without the goodwill from all the teachers, STEM Ambassadors, scientists and other adults who helped to run the sessions, but it was extremely successful and certainly brought families together around their child’s learning in science.

And have you noticed Bristol getting more curious?

The science centre At-Bristol is relaunching as We The Curious with a new mission to create a culture of curiosity in the city and beyond. Changes will begin on the 6th September and the centre will reopen on the 14th September with it's new identity.

Coming up this term 

Curiosity Connections Bristol Conference

The Curiosity Connections Conference will bring together people who inspire children’s learning in primary STEM around Bristol, provide them with a day of activities, discussions and talks in a stimulating environment, and send them home brim full of ideas, ready for inspiring even more, even greater STEM learning!

The conference is taking place at Aerospace Bristol – the brand new museum of aerospace in Filton – on Thursday 23rd November 2017.

The cost is £20 per person, and all revenue will go towards covering the cost of putting on a great conference. HOWEVER if you really would like to come and the cost is a barrier then get in touch and we will see what we can do.

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

What's new on the website 

If you take a look under the Curriculum tab on the Curiosity Connections website you'll see that we have added Maths, Computing and D&T to the curriculum resource collections, broken down in to curriculum topic areas. Take a look and let us know what you think!
We've also added some guidance about what to expect when working with STEM Ambassadors and how to get the most out of the experience. Take a look and then take the plunge and request a STEM Ambassador!
For engineers there are now two surveys available for you to participate in. One is looking at attitudes towards engineering outreach, the other is looking at how we market engineering to young people

STEM Competitions for pupils 

VEX IQ Robotics Challenge - GRANTS AVAILABLE!

Schools in Bristol can to apply for a grant to help towards their participation in the VEX IQ Robotics Challenge. 10 grants are available and successful grant recipients will receive well over £400 of free kit and software! Click for more information.

Mission Starlight

Experiment with different materials to discover which blocks UV light the best. Tell us about your results to receive a mission completion certificate and patches, and to unlock a secret video featuring Tim Peake! Click for more information.


Entries are open for student teams until 10th October for the FIRST® LEGO® League challenge, with water as the theme this year.  The local competition take place in Bristol on 17/18 Jan 2018. Entry is £150+VAT and basic kits start at £230. Click for more information.

STEM CPD for primary teachers 

Primary Science Innovation

A series of 4 conferences for primary teachers where you can discuss current good practice in primary science, recognise your own good practice, identify areas for development, reflect on ways to translate ideas to your school context and plan for action. All held at Engineers' House in Clifton. (£)

Curiosity Connections Conference

Don't forget the Curiosity Connections Conference - something for everyone involved in primary STEM education. A great source of CPD and a chance to network your school with key STEM organisations around Bristol. 23/11/17 at Aerospace Bristol - 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!


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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