Sitting in a classroom, trying to pay attention as the teacher reads from a text book, is an old-fashioned learning system that does not always bring out the best in young people.
Fortunately, the team behind The Curiosity Box understand this.
And their efforts to educate and entertain kids is second to none, by teaching them to ask questions and experiment for themselves to find the answers.
Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, the team have now gone the extra mile in delivering their ‘curiosity boxes’ to some of Britain’s most vulnerable children.
The boxes all contain resources of STEM (science, tech, engineering and maths) activities, from learning about DNA to slime missions to building home-labs.
Founder Renee Watson is now on a mission to persuade organisations and businesses to support her in sending these resources to 20,000 children in deprived areas.
Speaking about her initiative, Renee said: “I would love more local authorities to get involved and to encourage more individuals and businesses to consider buying our boxes to donate, so that we can extend the reach and get people really engaged in doing something tangible and good for our future generations.”
She is now working with food parcel delivery schemes to get the boxes to the families with the greatest need – with an impressive 7,000 having been distributed so far.
Ordinarily, the boxes range in price from £10.95 for a one-time purchase, to options of three, six, or twelve-month subscriptions.
Supporting the cause, Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University director Natasha Barley said: “We know that the educational gap for these children widens every day they are not attending school.
“Home learning is a challenge for all families but in particular it can be a challenge for children with limited learning resources at home.
“With funding from the University of Hull and the Sir James Reckitt charity, we were able to make 1,500 educational packs for disadvantaged children.”
She added: “We included Curiosity Boxes in our educational resource packs as they are exciting, stimulating and fun for children and they learn so much while playing.”
The kits – for ages 4 to 11 – include basic tools such as pencils and scissors so that the recipients have everything they need to get started.
If you’ve ever found yourself stuck when your child asks, ‘what is gravity?’, ‘how does a magnet help electricity to flow?’, ‘why do we puff up when we get bitten by a mosquito?’, ‘why does rubber bounce?’, or ‘why do we snore?’ – then this is the perfect item for you.
For more info, click here: Curiosity Box.