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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.

Young children learn through play. Storytelling creates a highly playful and meaningful context in which children can develop their skills and learn about the world around them. For World Book Day we show you how you can extend this learning experience by connecting a child’s favourite story to some of our fun and accessible activities.

By Hannah-Rose Ford Tomlinson

Science on screen

Hannah-Rose Ford Tomlinson, SMG Audience Researcher, has presented science on screen for BBC Bitesize, Blue Peter, and various teams within SMG. She shares her top tips for how to present to camera, especially if you’re more used to performing in person.

In October 2022, Gabriela Heck, a PhD student from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), in Brazil, visited Beth Hawkins, at the Science Museum London, to talk about her PhD research around science capital, science museums and inclusion of people with disabilities in STEM fields. Here she shares detail of her research and how she is working to raise awareness of science capital and inclusion in Brazil.

At the end of July, Kate Davis visited the October Gallery in Bloomsbury to see Rock, Paper, Scissors, an exhibition co-curated with the Gallery’s Youth Collective. Made up of young people aged 14-24, the Youth Collective meet each week to explore contemporary art, meet artists and each year, create an exhibition.

This year, the Reading Agency partnered with the Science Museum Group for a science and innovation themed Summer Reading Challenge. Sophie Holland, shares her experience of engaging new audiences with the message that science – like reading – is for everyone.