Introducing the Pretty Curious Studio

We extended the Pretty Curious programme of events this year and took the fun and excitement of STEM to 1600 girls across the country.

We held 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.

I really enjoyed this workshop because it showed that girls can be amazing and make huge differences in the world. It also provided me with amazing new innovative activities to complete.​

Highlights from the Pretty Curious Studio

Our inflatable dome took up residence across four locations this year: Bristol, Croydon, Edinburgh and Ipswich.

What happened on the day

Icebreaker activity

Sessions began with the girls breaking into groups to take on a series of challenges. 

They were given materials and asked to gather information from the studio's various interactive zones to help solve the challenges as a team. These included a zone about Snapchat, 'pairable wearables' and Amazon Alexa. 

Team challenge: Create a smart gadget

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

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

A judging process took place at the end of each session and the winners of the team challenge were announced - the winning team then presented their idea to the rest of the girls.

“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

Women + STEM

"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

Schoolchildren in hard hats during a power station tour

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.

Learn more about our STEM programmes and activities

Two girls wearing safety goggles conducting an experiment

Inspired to learn

Young boy in yellow t-shirt holds a worm and smiles

For schools

Smiling female in front of a large poster of a pier

Work with us

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