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The Curiosity Box is a monthly supply of specially curated STEM activities that's designed to bring science to life for all families.
The Curiosity Box is a monthly supply of specially curated STEM activities that's designed to bring science to life for all families.
The Curiosity Box has launched! Please click the button below to find the Box at its new home.
The Curiosity Box is a monthly supply of specially curated STEM activities that's designed to bring science to life for all families. The Curiosity Box has launched! Please click the button below to find the Box at its new home.
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Hello, I'm Renee, the founder of WATS-ON, a science education company, and I’ve been completely mad on science since I was six years old! 

I've also been really lucky to be able to turn that passion into a day job and I get to see first hand how science - taught The Curiosity Box way - can spark a child's innate imagination and creativity to create magical "WOW!" moments.

 
"WOW" moments rule!
"WOW" moments rule!

The Curiosity Box is born of this passion to bring learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) into every home to inspire a generation of curious minds who question the world around them and are super imaginative and proactive when solving problems and overcoming challenges.

Don't try this at home!!!
Don't try this at home!!!

We have been careful to ensure that The Curiosity Box is for ALL children! Girls and boys love it and it doesn't matter if they don't want to be a scientist when they grow up because encouraging kids to be curious, creative and to increase their science literacy from an early age is a great way of improving their prospects at secondary and high school and beyond. 

The Curiosity Box is all about finding the science in the everyday and bringing families together across the world to get curious, have fun, make a mess and some mistakes (well, sometimes!) and learn together.

The Curiosity Box is a monthly science subscription service that's bursting with high quality STEM and maker activities for kids aged 7-11 years. 

We've developed The Curiosity Box based on over a decade of experience taking science into classrooms (as well as fairs, street corners and even pubs and clubs) and making people switch-on to science.
 
Every month, you receive a differently themed box by post with a bunch of science kit, experiments and cool collectibles. Each box links to our YouTube channel where you can watch 'here's one we did earlier' style explainer videos and where we'll also be answering those tricky questions kids are so good at asking. In addition to this, you'll also be able to find oodles of online links and resources on our website and Facebook page.  

We've already tested (and destroyed, responsibly of course) over a 100 boxes - with 100s of curious minds old and young - and are finally ready to launch the first official Curiosity Boxes to the world at large.

Parents seem to find it hard not to smile!
Parents seem to find it hard not to smile!

 

... And kids? I mean just look at that face!
... And kids? I mean just look at that face!

 

But don't try to pull this face at home :)
But don't try to pull this face at home :)

 

 

Packed full of serious sciency fun! Each box contains everything you need to get started at home.
Packed full of serious sciency fun! Each box contains everything you need to get started at home.

 

Each box is jam-packed full of cool experiments, science kit, collectibles and FUN! Every month you'll receive the following items as standard:

  • Collectible science kit; Every month you'll receive a different item, such as test tubes, beakers, magnifiers and more, helping you to build your very own home science lab at home.
  • 3-4 printed experiment cards, along with detailed instructions, and everything you need to be able to conduct your own experiments in your kitchen laboratory!
  • Curiosity Champions collecta-cards - featuring funky young STEMists who disrupt the stereotype of a scientist, such as the amazing Dr Suzie Sheehy, a particle accelerator physicist at the University of Oxford, who is our first champion.
  • Time travelling STEM - Whether you are looking through aviator goggles into the past or google glass into the future, science has always had the power to change the world. Our parternship with Retronaut will get families exploring the fascinating, fantastical and frightening history of science, like you wouldn't believe!

 Forthcoming boxes

  • SUPER SEEDS: BLOOMIN' MARVELLOUS FUN
  • LOOK INTO MY EYES: MIND CONTROL FOR BEGINNERS
  • SCIENCE ROCKETS: FOR SUPERSTARS ONLY
Curious minds in action!
Curious minds in action!
 
As easy as 3.14159265359
As easy as 3.14159265359

 

 

 

 

The Curiosity Box has been conceived, designed, delivered, and probably posted, by the following band of intrepid scientists and curiosity adventurers; boldly going where no box has gone before.

 

 

In addition to Stanton Harcourt School's Health & Safety officer The Curiosity Box team would also like to thank the following dudes & dudettes for their unwavering support and awesomeness...

"Safety first cadets!"
"Safety first cadets!"

Catherine Charnock, Gary Frank, Andy Camoénie and Bernard Grenville-Jones for being our Oxygen, Carbon and Hydrogen (those essential elements!).

Super scientists Kerry Fisher, Suzie Sheehy, Frank Close, Dom McDonald, Jenny Inglis and the BIG Community. Isabelle Boscaro-Clarke and the team at Diamond Light Source for being the most community-minded science facility I know.

Our generous suppliers Smurfit Kappa and Hunts the Printers for helping to turn our crazy idea into reality. Plus those who believed in us along the way Cristina Parry, Jeremy Smith, Rachel Warren, Jo Sensecall, Peter Miller-Smith, Mrs Walsh and the kids at Stanton Harcourt School, 

And, most importantly of all, to Patrick, Anika, Finn, Rory, Emma and Archie for being the world's most patient guinea pigs and certified apprentice scientists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Risks and challenges

This will be our first time posting outside the UK so we would be really grateful for your patience if we have any hiccups and we have back up plans to keep you happy should the postie or mailman let us down.

We have a lot of the stock already because we want to minimise the risk of delays due to supply chain, however there are a few bits we can't afford until Kickstarter has completed so if there is a small delay on those we will be super disappointed and may fall behind schedule.

We are chatters by nature so will keep in touch with you in the unlikely event that something goes pear shaped and we fully intend to share our love of this project with you through good and bad.

We are as good to go with this project as Einstein was with his General Theory of Relativity (we're still working on Quantum Gravity though)

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    CURIOUS CATS

    Thanks for supporting The Curiosity Box!

    Receive instructions by email for our favourite experiment plus a personal "You rock!" video message from a member of The Curiosity Box team (and get a sneak peek of our secret talents)

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    CURIOUS BIG CATS

    Receive digital versions of ALL of the first box activities! Plus a personal "You rock!" video message from a member of The Curiosity Box team (and get a sneak peek of our secret talents)

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    EARLY BIRD GIFT BOX

    Wow, that was quick! To celebrate the launch of our campaign we're offering a limited number of early bird boxes. Be the very first to receive our Kickstarter launch box "PUTTING THE POW INTO POWER" with lots of cool kit, experiments and collectibles, as well as links to online resources and your name listed on the Curiosity Box website as an early contributor.

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    EARLY BIRD GIFT BOX MK 2

    We're nearly halfway through our campaign and to celebrate we're offering another round of early bird gift boxes. Be the first to receive our Kickstarter launch box "PUTTING THE POW INTO POWER" with lots of cool kit, experiments and collectibles, as well as links to online resources and your name listed on the Curiosity Box website as an early contributor.

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    CURIOSITY GIFT BOX

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    CURIOSITY BOX LAB TECH EDITION

    Receive a special limited edition of our launch box "PUTTING THE POW INTO POWER" with all the features of the standard box as well as your very own Curiosity Box branded lab coat and goggles.

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    Pledge £40 or more About $57

    CURIOSITY BOX MAGIC LAB COAT EDITION

    Receive a special limited edition of our launch box "PUTTING THE POW INTO POWER" with all the features of the standard box as well as your very own personalised lab coat, featuring your name your name and a unique 'sciency' design by Renee.

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    Pledge £45 or more About $64

    GET A BOX, GIVE A BOX

    Be one of the first to receive the launch edition of The Curiosity Box, with all the fabulousness that entails, and gift a box to a child who could really benefit from it or gift two boxes to our partner charity Helen and Douglas House, Children's Hospice. Renee will also do a fiery demo for all the kids at Helen and Douglas House.

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    LIMITED EDITION GROWN UPS BOX

    Don't just let your kids have all the fun. We know from personal experience that STEM activities for kids are a bit of a guilty pleasure for grown-ups too! That's why we're producing a Kickstarter only box for grown-ups including some of our favourite experiments that aren't... well, kid friendly! Think fire, magnets, cocktails and some great party tricks.

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    CURIOSITY GIFT BOX & LAUNCH PARTY

    Be one of the first to receive our Kickstarter launch box "PUTTING THE POW INTO POWER" at our official launch party at a super cool, super secret location somewhere in Oxfordshire. As well as picking up your box, you'll also get to meet the Curiosity Box team as well as some of our science role models and see a live demonstration by Renee herself. Not to be missed!

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    EARLY BIRD 3-MTH SUBSCRIPTION

    Sign up for our early bird 3-month subscription and receive our first box "PUTTING THE POW INTO POWER" as well as "SUPER SEEDS: BLOOMIN' MARVELLOUS FUN" and
    "LOOK INTO MY EYES: MIND CONTROL FOR BEGINNERS" in the following months. Loads of cool kit, experiments and collectibles, as well as links to online resources and your name listed on the Curiosity Box website as an early contributor.

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    3-MTH SUBSCRIPTION

    Sign up for our 3-month subscription and receive our first box "PUTTING THE POW INTO POWER" as well as "SUPER SEEDS: BLOOMIN' MARVELLOUS FUN" and
    "LOOK INTO MY EYES: MIND CONTROL FOR BEGINNERS" in the following months. Loads of cool kit, experiments and collectibles, as well as links to online resources and your name listed on the Curiosity Box website as an early contributor.

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    Pledge £112 or more About $159

    EARLY BIRD 6-MTH SUBSCRIPTION

    Sign up for our early bird 6-month subscription and receive our first box "PUTTING THE POW INTO POWER" as well as "SUPER SEEDS: BLOOMIN' MARVELLOUS FUN" and
    "LOOK INTO MY EYES: MIND CONTROL FOR BEGINNERS" and more (email us if you want to know all the themes) in the following months. Loads of cool kit, experiments and collectibles, as well as links to online resources and your name listed on the Curiosity Box website as an early contributor.

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    Pledge £125 or more About $177

    6-MTH SUBSCRIPTION

    Sign up for our 6-month subscription and receive our first box "PUTTING THE POW INTO POWER" as well as "SUPER SEEDS: BLOOMIN' MARVELLOUS FUN" and
    "LOOK INTO MY EYES: MIND CONTROL FOR BEGINNERS" and more (email us if you want to know all the themes) in the following months. Loads of cool kit, experiments and collectibles, as well as links to online resources and your name listed on the Curiosity Box website as an early contributor.

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    EARLY BIRD 12-MTH SUBSCRIPTION

    Sign up for our early bird 12-month subscription and receive our first box "PUTTING THE POW INTO POWER" as well as "SUPER SEEDS: BLOOMIN' MARVELLOUS FUN" and
    "LOOK INTO MY EYES: MIND CONTROL FOR BEGINNERS" and more (email us if you want to know all the themes) in the following months. Loads of cool kit, experiments and collectibles, as well as links to online resources and your name listed on the Curiosity Box website as an early contributor.

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    Pledge £240 or more About $341

    12-MTH SUBSCRIPTION

    Sign up for our 12-month subscription and receive our first box "PUTTING THE POW INTO POWER" as well as "SUPER SEEDS: BLOOMIN' MARVELLOUS FUN" and
    "LOOK INTO MY EYES: MIND CONTROL FOR BEGINNERS" and more (email us if you want to know all the themes) in the following months. Loads of cool kit, experiments and collectibles, as well as links to online resources and your name listed on the Curiosity Box website as an early contributor.

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    Pledge £500 or more About $710

    SCHOOLS BENEFACTOR

    Sponsor 5 boxes to a school of your choice and get a one-off Curiosity Box-themed science workshop with Renee Watson for all the students and teachers (available within 50-mile radius of Oxford)

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,419

    CURIOSITY CADETS

    Have your child join the Curiosity Cadets, one of the the most exclusive science clubs there is! In addition to a 12-month subscription, your child will be turned into an amazing one-off cartoon character by a professional illustrator and become one of the official faces of The Curiosity Box visible across all of our boxes, printed literature, website and social media channels. You'll also get a one-off signed portrait of your child's character, how cool is that?!?!

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