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Our blog is written by practitioners, for practitioners, to reflect on what research into STEM engagement means for our day-to-day practice.

We experience the world through a combination of what we can see, hear, smell, feel and taste. Sassy Holmes, Associate Interactive Gallery Curator for the National Railway Museum, delves into the importance of exploring all of the senses when creating inclusive community engagement.

We talk about engagement a lot in our work, it is at the heart of everything that we do and we use it to describe and measure the value and benefit of our experiences. However, it can be a hard word to define. Beth Hawkins explores ‘what exactly do we mean when we talk about engagement?’.

Our Great Object Hunts invite people to follow their curiosity and find everyday examples and applications of STEM both in and beyond our museums. Charlotte Pike, resources Learning Producer shares why these are such a popular activity, and the work that goes into developing them.

Jess Sashaw shares the development of our maths themed image banks and how we’ve brought to life some of the stories behind objects in our collection. She discusses how they help promote discussion, develop confidence and ownership and how they have help relate maths to everyday life.