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BoxED activities

Hands-on learning activities designed to enhance the delivery of the national curriculum and brought direct to your classroom door.

If you are interested in booking any of our BoxED activities, please complete our booking enquiry form. Alternatively, please contact us at Boxed@uwe.ac.uk if you would like to discuss our activities further.

“Working with BoxED I am able to give young people a taster of what studying at university could be like. Informing them about university helps young people realise that it is something they can achieve and strive to attain."

BoxED Assistant, Zelda Velika

Post 16/Key Stage 5

Box title Brain Storming Solutions
Subject Business, Economics
Activity 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.
Delivery Large classroom/Hall with projector
Set up time 20 minutes
Run time 60-90 minutes
Risk assessment Brain Storming Solutions risk assessment
   
Box title Create an Advertising Campaign
Subject Business Studies, English Language, Presentation Skills
Activity Held in a computer room, either in your establishment or at UWE Bristol, this is an introductory taster of what it is like to study a practice-led marketing degree by stepping into the shoes of a marketer for the day. Teams create an advertising campaign for a fictional product, using persuasive language and choosing the right mix of conventional media (eg TV, print) and digital media (eg internet, social media, adver-gaming) depending on their target audience.
Delivery Computer room
Set up time 20 minutes
Run time 120-180 minutes
Risk assessment Create an advertising campaign risk assessment
Box title Human Rights
Subject Law, Humanities, Sociology, Politics, Philosophy
Activity This activity introduces students to the concept and history of human rights and challenges them to create their own young people's bill of rights. In doing so, students are confronted with issues of rights and responsibilities, as well as the potential conflicts between human rights and individual rights. Students will also have to debate one another, arguing opposing points of view.
Delivery Standard classroom
Set up time 15 minutes
Run time 120 minutes
Risk assessment

Human Rights risk assessment

Box title Leadership in Business
Subject Business, Law
Activity 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.
Delivery Standard classroom
Set up time 15 minutes
Run time 60-120 minutes
Risk assessment

Leadership in Business risk assessment

Box title Legal Research
Subject Business, Law, Research
Activity An introduction into legal research; students will answer questions such as what is legal research and why is it important to law students and to lawyers in practice? What is the importance of legal research to us as citizens and how does the law affect us? Through quizzes and interactive activities students will be introduced to the differences between legislation and Case law, providing them with the tools to locate and understand the structure of both. Even if they do not want to pursue a career in law this activity will help them to understand the importance for us all to know what the law is and where we can access it.
Delivery Computer room
Set up time 15 minutes
Run time 120 minutes
Risk assessment

Legal Research risk assessment

Box title Maths in the Real World
Subject Maths
Activity A selection of different ‘mini’ problems that display how Maths can be applied to different careers in unexpected industries. Utilising higher-level techniques, students will work their way through each activity in pairs to gain a better understanding of the different ways maths is utilised and used across different career paths.
Delivery Standard classroom
Set up time 15 minutes
Run time 60-180 minutes
Risk assessment

Maths in the Real World risk assessment

Box title Problem Solving
Subject Psychology
Activity Students work through various psychology puzzles to introduce them to various approaches to problem solving. They will be identifying the context of a problem, decision making, evaluating the available options and taking actions to overcome the problem. The tasks are designed to explore varying methods of thinking such as heuristic techniques, divergent thinking, algorithms and goal based methods.
Delivery Standard classroom
Set up time 15 minutes
Run time 60-90 minutes
Risk assessment

Problem Solving risk assessment

Box title Street Law
Subject Law
Activity Held at UWE Bristol, in one of our mock courtrooms, this activity is primarily designed for those who are considering studying law in the future, but is accessible and engaging for all further education students. Participants will hear about what the study of law involves (from current students) and then take part in a mock trial, preparing legal arguments, making opening and closing statements, and questioning witness testimonies.
Delivery UWE Bristol court room/Large classroom
Set up time 20 minutes
Run time All day, 10:00-14:30 (with lunch break)
Risk assessment

Street Law risk assessment

Box title Urine Diagnostics
Subject STEM
Activity This activity looks at some of the science behind the GP surgery. Using synthetic urine samples, students will explore the various biomedical techniques used to diagnose patients. Students are given instructions on correct micropipette usage, learning how to quantify red blood cells, detect glucose and protein, and examine patient case histories for additional information.
Delivery Laboratory
Set up time 30 minutes
Run time 120 minutes
Risk assessment

Urine Diagnostics risk assessment and Urine Diagnostics COSHH risk assessment

Key Stage 4

Box title Accountancy - The Coffee Shop
Subject Accountancy, Maths, Business, PSHE
Activity 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.
Delivery Standard classroom
Set up time 15 minutes
Run time 60-120 minutes
Risk assessment

Accountancy - The Coffee Shop risk assessment

Box title Macbeth - Texts and Contexts
Subject English Literature
Activity Delivered in a mixture of mini-lectures and group tasks, this is a session designed to give students a sample of what it is like to study English Literature at university. They will think about key themes in Macbeth, and the ways that these are articulated through Shakespeare’s language. They will also be introduced to a range of different types of contextual information that will give them a fuller appreciation of Shakespeare’s writing.
Delivery Standard classroom
Set up time 15 minutes
Run time 60-120 minutes
Risk assessment

Macbeth - Texts and Contexts risk assessment

Box title International Trade Game
Subject Business, Maths, Economics, Design Technology
Activity Working in groups of different sizes, students will compete with one another to 'manufacture' paper shapes to sell to the World Bank. Students, starting with differing and sometimes limited amounts of resources, will have to work together within their groups and find the best way to succeed, whilst engaging and trading with the other participants.
Delivery Standard classroom
Set up time 15 minutes
Run time 60-90 minutes
Risk assessment

International Trade Game risk assessment

Box title Brain Storming Solutions
Subject Business, Economics
Activity 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.
Delivery Large classroom/hall
Set up time 20 minutes
Run time 60-90 minutes
Risk assessment

Brain Storming Solutions risk assessment

Box title Storm Chasers
Subject Geography, Maths
Activity 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.
Delivery Standard classroom
Set up time 15 minutes
Run time 60 minutes
Risk assessment

Storm Chasers risk assessment

Box title Wind Turbines
Subject STEM, Physics
Activity Pupils work in teams to design and build a simple wind turbine blade system. All designs are tested in the class to see who can produce the highest voltage, and whether anyone can produce enough energy to charge a phone from their design. Forces, angles and material properties are central to the design process, in a hands-on exploration of physics and engineering.
Delivery Standard classroom
Set up time 15 minutes
Run time 60 minutes
Risk assessment

Wind Turbines risk assessment

Box title Cracking the Genetic Code - Jessica's Box
Subject STEM
Activity Working in teams, pupils build Lego 'pro-bots' from the genetic code. Sessions focus on mutations and differences in the 'pro-bots'. In the process, they learn how genes influence processes within our cells and the importance of this in identifying and treating different diseases. This activity is supported by The 100,000 Genomes Project. Prior knowledge of the genetic code is not necessary, although basic KS3 appreciation of the location and role of DNA would be useful.
Delivery Standard classroom
Set up time 20 minutes
Run time 60 minutes
Risk assessment

Cracking the Genetic Code risk assessment

Box title Genes and Inherited Disorders - Simon's Box
Subject STEM
Activity This activity is designed to communicate the concept of genetic inheritance, look at how genes affect the development and function of the human body, and introduce the potential of gene editing as a therapeutic tool. It is based on current research into Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) - a genetic disease that causes visual impairment and blindness. Please note, this activity can follow ‘Cracking the genetic code’, another BoxED activity which covers DNA coding and the 100,000 Genome Project.
Delivery Standard classroom
Set up time 20 minutes
Run time 60 minutes
Risk assessment

Genes and Inherited Disorders risk assessment

Box title Microbes vs Plants: An Arms Race
Subject STEM, Biology
Activity

Pupils begin the session by briefly planning their own experiment to observe over the coming days: if plants they inoculate with bacteria are immune or susceptible to the bacteria. Pupils are then introduced to a simple hand-held game, which they use to predict the outcome of an infection on a plant. Several scenarios are examined to determine who will win – the microbes or the plants.

This experiment is left with schools to follow up with pupils’ observations and conclusions – guidance provided.

Delivery Laboratory
Set up time 20 minutes
Run time 60 minutes
Risk assessment

Microbes vs Plants risk assessment

Box title Editor for an Hour
Subject English
Activity

Pupils are given six news stories published from the past week 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.

Delivery Standard classroom
Set up time 15 minutes
Run time 60-90 minutes
Risk assessment

Editor for an Hour risk assessment

Key Stage 3

Box title Street Art Maths (Enlargement)
Subject Maths, Graphic Design, Art
Activity

This activity is one of three, and can be booked to run concurrently or on separate days with the others in this series to achieve all learning outcomes. The fast-paced activities focus on 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.

Delivery Standard classroom
Set up time 15 minutes
Run time 60 minutes
Risk assessment

Street Art Maths risk assessment

Box title Street Art Maths (Tessellation)
Subject Maths, Art
Activity

This activity is one of three, and can be booked to run concurrently or on separate days with the others in this series to achieve all learning outcomes. The activity explores the history of mathematics in art and design, from ancient Arabic tessellation in temples, through to Escher tessellation, and on to isometric artwork and 3D tessellation and design. Students will learn about why tessellation works, and how it appears all across the world.

Delivery Standard classroom
Set up time 15 minutes
Run time 60 minutes
Risk assessment

Street Art Maths risk assessment

Box title Street Art Maths (Perspective)
Subject Maths, Geometry, Art
Activity

This activity is one of three, and can be booked to run concurrently or on separate days with the others in this series to achieve all learning outcomes. This activity explores how artists use perspective and geometry to create both 3D images on flat surfaces, as well as 2D images across 3D surfaces. We will also explore the uses of geometry and artwork in business and computer generated graphics.

Delivery Standard classroom
Set up time 15 minutes
Run time 60 minutes
Risk assessment

Street Art Maths risk assessment

Box title Crime Stoppers - Forensic Investigator Skills
Subject STEM
Activity

Pupils are introduced to many of the skills required as a Forensic Investigator. Once divided into groups, pupils will work in rotation around three hands-on stations all aimed to give them an idea of what Forensic Investigators do. The session may include analysing fingerprints, blood splatter and footprints, and chemical analysis of unknown compounds.

Delivery Laboratory
Set up time 20 minutes
Run time 60 minutes
Risk assessment

Crime Stoppers risk assessment and Crime Stoppers COSHH risk assessment

Box title The Problem with Plastics and Plankton
Subject STEM, Biology, Geography
Activity

Microbeads were banned in the UK in 2017, but what are microbeads and what effect are they still having on our oceans and waterways?  Students will discover some planktonic species, and understand the devastating role that microbeads are playing in the ecosystem. Students will also prepare their own microscope slides to examine and identify the presence of plastic within everyday cosmetic products.

Delivery Laboratory
Set up time 20 minutes
Run time 60 minutes
Risk assessment

The Problem with Plastics and Plankton risk assessment

Box title Wind Turbines
Subject STEM, Physics, Design
Activity

Pupils work in teams to design and build a simple wind turbine blade system. All designs are tested in the class to see who can produce the highest voltage, and whether anyone can collect enough energy to charge a phone from their design. Forces, angles and material properties are central to the design process, in a hands-on exploration of physics and engineering.

Delivery Standard classroom
Set up time 20 minutes
Run time 60 minutes
Risk assessment

Wind Turbines risk assessment

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