BoxED is a unique collection of free, exciting, engaging and hands-on learning activities brought direct to your classroom. All are curriculum linked and designed in collaboration with our Academic and Education Advisors at UWE.

At the moment we are able to offer a focused portfolio made up of Scheduled Online Activities as per the list below. You may notice this is a much smaller range of activities, but we are unable to deliver those which require lots of equipment at this time.

What you can expect from your Scheduled Online Activity with BoxED:

  • It would be delivered by trained UWE Bristol staff and current UWE students who will work to get your students thinking about their classroom learning in a real-life situation, connecting with learning and research at UWE Bristol.
  • The study suggestions relating to each activity are provided for students at the end of each session as we are aiming inspire your students to imagine the possibilities of university study and potential career paths. Each activity has been reviewed to make sure that it is following current guidelines to make sure that it is safely delivered.
  • We will also adapt the activity to fit with your school or college timetable and set up (where possible).
  • A remote delivery risk assessment to be available.

We are also working on a range of self-service activities which you can use anytime and at your own convenience and these should be available shortly. In the future it may be possible to visit schools and colleges subject to the completion of risk assessments by BoxED and yourselves. Our website will be updated when this becomes available.

If you would like to be notified when a new activity is added please let us know by emailing boxed@uwe.ac.uk. Equally, if you have any suggestions or ideas for subject activities that would benefit your students we would love to hear from you.

To use the resources below please email boxed@uwe.ac.uk to make a booking.

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Current Activities

Editor for an Hour (Key stage 4)

Pupils are given six recently published news stories to work on; they need to determine which will get the most 'space' and what the headlines will be in relation to their news outlet. Working in groups they will need to discuss the value and magnitude of the stories, their audience, their competition and the different elements of reporting a story: sound, image, interviews, and graphics.

Suggested for English or Media.

Running time: 60 mins. 

Leadership in Business (Key stage 4/5)

Students work in small groups to 'design and manufacture' paper planes for sale to the Royal Air Force (RAF). Students work as a team to set the strategy, manage the operations of the production and deal with organisational change, whilst they compete with other teams within a specific period. The activity aims to help students understand key issues in business and team dynamics, whilst encouraging them to apply, in practice, their creativity and enterprising skills.

Suggested for anyone interested in Business.

Running time: 60 mins. 

Storm Chasers (Key stage 4)

Using mathematical models based on the real work of meteorologists, pupils will predict how severely a storm will hit the UK. Pupils will work in teams to get their weather warning out quickly but accurately. They will then reflect on how their predictions may have been affected by any modelling assumptions.

Suggested for Maths and Geography.

Running time: 60 mins

Accountancy (Key stage 4/5)

Students will prepare a simple financial plan for the first week of trading of a new coffee shop, with a limited budget and limited product choices. They must make strategic decisions considering both financial and non-financial business factors and prepare simple income statements to identify profit projections. The game can be made more complex by adding different product sales and hazard cards to disrupt their business and impact their profits. Students will apply skills in financial decision making, business strategy and making presentations.

Suggested for numerate subjects.

Running time: 120 mins.

Brain Storming Solutions (Key stage 5)

Students, taking on the role of team entrepreneurs, will be led through a training session modelled on Ian Cunningham’s Learning Contract to create self-managed learning and generate business knowledge and success.

The training session is based on ‘learning by doing’ and will explore methods and benefits of open dialogue. For the main activity, the groups will explore problem solving and ideation using a model to improve working habits, communication, participation, engagement and goal setting. The session follows the same format of that of a university first year lesson displaying how the team entrepreneur programme is run at higher education level.

Suggested for anyone interested in Business or working in Teams.

Running time: 60 mins.

Street Art Maths - Enlargement (Key stage 3)

The activity looks at different skills and techniques to show how street artists rely on maths. Utilising Banksy and other street artists' work, students use enlargement to scale a mural giving pupils an insight into the applications of maths in graphic design and art.

Suggested for Maths and Art.

Running time: 60 mins.

Online BoxED activities

Self service BoxED activities that you can do in your own time. Activities are all curriculum linked and so are supporting your studies.

We will have more activities available soon, so please check back.

A Mathematical Model of a Zombie Apocalypse

Suppose there was a Zombie outbreak? How confident would you be to predict what would happen? Students can use this activity to independently work through the maths behind infectious disease modelling. It includes a mini lecture and a series of tasks with guided solutions.

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BoxED Learning outside the box.