Museums, science centres, festivals and roadshows are just some of the places where people can enjoy science, learn about science and where attitudes and values towards science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) can be positively influenced.
The concept of science capital gives us an insight into why and how different people engage with and participate in science related experiences. It can help us to understand how we can make our science experiences as open and welcoming to as wide an audience as possible.
The environments we create and the activities we organise need to reflect and value everyone’s perspectives, to give more people, more chances to recognise that science is something that is useful and that they can feel confident and excited to be part of – now and in the future.
So, if we reflect on and apply the science capital research to our work, together we can maximise the impact of informal science learning experiences – for everyone.
See more about how the Science Museum Group have been reflecting on and applying the science capital research to our work here.