Introducing the Pretty Curious Studio

We’ve extended the Pretty Curious programme of events for 2016 to take the fun and excitement of STEM to 1600 girls across the country.

From 7-30 November we’ll be running 16 events for school groups, giving up to 1600 school girls the opportunity to explore and experience the career possibilities available by pursuing STEM subjects at school.

Studio locations

We'll be taking the Pretty Curious Studio to four locations this year:

  • Bristol
  • Croydon
  • Edinburgh
  • Ipswich

Our inflatable dome will take up residence for two days at each location.

What happens on the day

Icebreaker activity

On the day, each session will start with the girls breaking out into groups, to take on a series of challenges.

They'll be given materials and asked to gather information from the studio's various interactive zones to help solve the challenges as a team.

Team challenge: Create a smart gadget

The girls will be divided into smaller groups and, taking inspiration from their surroundings,  they will be tasked to create an inspiring and relevant creation using littleBit kits (an introduction to circuits) and craft materials provided.

During this session, each team will also have the opportunity to take part in a Virtual Reality game, where they will race against the clock as a team to solve a problem and try to top the leader board.

A judging process will take place at the end of this session and the winners of the team challenge will be announced. Students will also be asked to complete a short feedback form before the end of the event.

“It was fun and I got to try new things. It made me change what I thought STEM was like as it was modern and exciting.”

“It’s amazing and it’s helping to raise the aspiration of girls who might never have thought about science in a big way. It’s a real shame something like this isn’t in the curriculum for schools, its fab.” 

- Amelia Bow, Teacher at Marlwood School, Alveston

"I would love to have been more aware in school of how wide and diverse the range of careers in STEM are and how they would allow me to be creative and provide a fun and rewarding career."

- Dr. Claire Cowley, Pretty Curious studio host and a post-doctoral researcher in the field of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine at UCL

“Events like this help students to think outside the box, to stretch their imagination, and think about where studying STEM could take them.”

- Nienke Gibson, Head of Careers at Saxmundham Free School

Opportunities for young people to explore STEM

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We have a long-standing commitment to encourage interest in STEM subjects amongst school-aged children. Our online education programme The Pod, for example, provides free curriculum-linked resources and runs national campaigns on energy, science, sustainability and youth social action for 4 to 14 year olds.

More than 21,800 schools and community groups, and over 37,500 teachers are registered to the programme - which also reaches over 200 schools in 50 other countries.

We work on a wide variety of experiential projects, like our Inspire Education programme in Somerset. The programme has connected with over 100,000 local children, giving them hands-on experience of STEM and STEM-related careers.

We also support major national events (Big Bang Festival, Cheltenham Science Festival and Edinburgh Science Festival) and regional events (Royal Bath and West Show, Bristol’s Harbour Festival, Suffolk County Show and others) to engage all audiences on STEM and STEM-related careers.

Our nine power station Visitor Centres are also open for tours to help introduce schoolchildren to the world of energy and STEM.

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