Bristol’s We The Curious science centre is now taking school bookings after being shut for two years because of a fire. 

Pupils visiting We The Curious in Bristol

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Pupils of all ages are catered for with various educational packages at We The Curious.

The education team says that a school trip to We The Curious is all about bringing the curriculum to life, building confidence and inspiring scientific thinking.  

A visit to its two exhibition floors can be combined with practical STEM workshops or longer theme days in classrooms and fully equipped laboratories, as well as educational science shows in the Studio and 3D Planetarium. 

All ages and key stages from early years through to post-16 are catered for, and teachers who can’t visit the centre in person can also book online sessions.

Pupils visiting We The Curious in Bristol

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The science centre provides a range of workshops and exhibition spaces to inspire pupils.

A fire broke out in April 2022, thought to have been caused by a solar panel which was damaged by birds and triggered a fault in the electrical system.There was signficant water damage and a multi-million pound repair programme followed. 

Donna Speed, CEO at We The Curious, said: “It’s been a whirlwind of activity at We The Curious as we prep for reopening so it’s fantastic to say that it’s officially time to open our doors.

“We’ve seen an overwhelming amount of love and excitement since we announced the reopening date earlier this year and we can’t wait to welcome people back to explore their favourites and be surprised by something new.”

Project What If at We The Curious in Bristol

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Project What If is one of the newer spaces for pupils to explore.

Project What If

Open for just ten months before the closure, this exhibition will feel new to many schools. Inspired by real questions from the people of Bristol, Project What If is an invitation to escape into a mysterious world of possibilities in a space where art and science collide. Peer inside the TARDIS, come face to face with an early ancestor in Sand, or meet the resident robot in Soul.

Pupils can explore this space as part of their visit, which can also include stops at the other exhibition spaces like Open City Lab, Shopping Trolley Secrets and Impossible, Possible

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