21 May 2021

Two local organisations at the forefront of electric vehicle and battery research have sponsored an amazing project for local primary schools. Abingdon Science Partnership was pleased to host a launch meeting for over 30 schools presented by Renee Watson of project partner, The Curiosity Box. GKN Automotive has established their Innovation Centre in Abingdon and The Faraday Institution is carrying out fundamental research into battery technology at Harwell.

They have teamed up to sponsor this project using the proven expertise of The Curiosity Box in designing and delivering STEM Day in a Box products for schools. At the meeting, Renee explained the steps in the project, the resources available in the box and showed examples of how they had been used in similar projects in other areas. Each school at the meeting will receive a free project box enabling a class of 30 children to carry out six activities linked to electricity, batteries and electric vehicles.

All the resources are made from sustainable materials and schools will be able to buy top up packs of expendable resources to continue using the boxes in the future. The culmination of this year’s project will be an interactive mosaic of photographs from the participating schools as a virtual alternative to the Abingdon ATOM Festival’s usual Primary Science Fair.

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