We have found that many people see that science is just a subject that is taught in school and don’t see that it has any relevance to them beyond the classroom – yet in one form or another, it is part of our daily lives.
I’m not sure now when I first encountered science capital.
Whether it is on a school visit, as a family day out, or maybe through an experience online, there are many different reasons why museums and science centres are such great places for engaging people with science.
Over the past few months we, at the Science Museum, have been working in partnership with TES and the Arts Council England.
Science engagement is at the heart of what we do in our museums, and science capital provides us with a research based insight which builds on our understanding of what influences and shapes people’s engagement and attitudes towards science.
In November 2016 we launched the first wave of our new and updated hands-on resources for use in the classroom or at home.
Science capital research has highlighted the need to create links between young people’s science experiences at school, home, and out of school (for example, in museums).
In October 2016, the National Railway Museum launched Future Engineers, a new annual event aiming to spark young people’s interest in engineering.
We know from research that many young people grow up thinking that science is not for them.
Understanding what influences a person’s science capital is essential to the research.