UNBOXED Learning Opportunities

It’s full STEAM ahead with UNBOXED Learning this autumn term

Date and time

20 September - 1 November

UNBOXED has kicked off the new academic year with a packed programme for schools and colleges that bring together STEM and the arts (STEAM).


UNBOXED roadshow: Tuesday 20 – Sunday 24 September

This week, the Learning and Participation team is taking the UNBOXED roadshow to the Tropicana in Weston-Super-Mare.  By day, engineering students from Weston College and South Gloucestershire and Stroud College will be hearing about the artistic and engineering skills needed to transform the gas rig into a beautiful, energy-generating art installation, garden and waterfall. At the weekend, the roadshow will be doing activities with families.

Our Place in Space

National Coding Week Workshops: Wednesday 21- Thursday 22 September

Our Place in Space is offering free space-themed coding workshops for primary and post-primary levels.  Expert guides in STEAM present live digital workshops for the whole class to get stuck into.

National Code Week Workshops


SEE MONSTER open to schools: Monday 26 September

Schools from Weston get to climb aboard SEE MONSTER themselves. Hundreds of youngsters from Weston schools will be visiting as part of a programme of learning both on and off the platform.


Schools’ week: Monday 3 – Friday 7 October

GALWAD hosts its schools’ week, in which it asks the question: “If we can’t imagine a positive future, how are we going to build one?” Its offering a series of live lessons and activities, co-created and co-designed with Eco-Schools Wales. The lessons include interactive interviews and Q&As with special guests, engaging activities for pupils and glimpses into the future through GALWAD digital story content. The programme encourages and inspire pupils to explore and question what the future will mean for their schools, their communities and their lives.

The live lessons will be delivered in Welsh and English and run each day from 9.30am – 10.15am, and are suitable for pupils aged 7-11.

GALWAD schools

Our Place in Space

World Space Week: Tuesday 4 – Monday 10 October

Primary and post-primary schools can take part in online workshops as part of World Space Week, which involve taking up challenges set by those involved in space travel. The Our Place in Space creative team will guide students through challenges set by people including astronaut Chris Hadfield and McLaren engineer Ella Podmore.


Platform for Learning Week: Monday 3 – Friday 7 October

SEE MONSTER hosts Platform for Learning week. There are live-streamed career talks from the people who created SEE MONSTER, including one from polar climate scientist Dr Amelie Kirchgaessnerfrom. These are open to secondary schools across the UK. There is also a range of activities for local schools, including workshops delivered in partnership with the Natural History Museum. 

SEE MONSTER: Platform for Learning


All Aboard SEE MONSTER assembly for schools UK-wide: Thursday 13 October

UNBOXED hosts a video assembly - All Aboard SEE MONSTER - for primary schools across the UK. Children, aged 7-11, are invited to take part in a video assembly in which they can virtually climb aboard the monster and see the people who created it. Each school who signs up will get a learning pack, including a Build a SEE MONSTER kit, and a link to a 360-degree virtual tour with a quiz and learning points.  The first 100 schools to sign up will receive a box of books on the theme of sustainability for their library.


About Us

About Us Now:  Saturday 19 October – Saturday 1 November

Stemettes goes back to the places it visited during the About Us tour and invites families to face-to-face days 3D modelling, illustration, HTML, and fun with maths. Meet them in Paisley, Hull, Luton, Bangor and Derry-Londonderry.

About Us Now


Life’s Big Questions:  ongoing

Dreamachine continues to offer primary school children the opportunity to explore how our brain and senses work together to help us understand the world. These beautifully produced questions have now been well used in schools and teachers are beginning to feedback on their experience of using them. “My class has thoroughly enjoyed participating in Life’s Big Questions. It became a part of our weekly routine and we are genuinely sad that it has come to an end.”  Mr Dowell, Year 4 Teacher, Chesterton Primary School

Life’s Big Questions


Learning resources and app: ongoing

PoliNations continues to engage pupils in learning about diversity through biodiversity.

PoliNations learning resources and app

Our Place in Space

Learning resources and app: ongoing

Our Place in Space makes it possible for children to learn about the solar system through its app, challenges and lesson plans.

Our Place in Space lesson resources and app