After a two-year hiatus the out and about series returns! The world is opening up once more and we are able to get out and about to explore incredible places. In this edition Andy Lickley explores the Castle Museum in York. In this post he provides and shares the activities and exhibits that he discovered which helped visitors feel welcome and confident to take part in the museum’s experiences.
The Science Museum Group has developed a broad range of learning resources which are an important tool in encouraging science talk, showing science’s relevance to everyday life and helping extend the learning beyond our museum walls.
Andy Lickley, SMG Academy Programme Leader, goes through his favourite kitchen science experiments from the SMG learning resources website.
What does a science capital informed approach look like in practice? The Science Capital in Practice: Foundations for the Future seminar brought together ideas, experiences, and advice around applying a science capital approach in museums and science centres.
In part one of our Science Capital in Practice: Foundations for the Future blog series, we explore how taking a science capital approach has helped partner organisations to build and broaden their audiences.
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.
Research around science capital highlights that there isn’t a single place, action or experience alone that will help improve engagement and equity around STEM. Our booklet pulls together science engagement and science capital research to answer the question, what role can informal learning environments play?
In the latest ‘Out and About’, Maxwell Hamilton took his niece to Eureka! The National Children’s Museum. He shares how they were made to feel welcome, and how the experience encouraged science talk and helped them link STEM to their everyday lives.
Maxwell Hamilton catches up with Frederike Gerstner, half of the ‘Ben and Fred’ duo who won the 2019 Josh Award for STEM communication. Find out how they created ‘The Juggling of Science’, and how they adapted it for the Science and Industry Museum’s half term crowd.
This summer the Science and Industry Museum had a full programme of solar related shows and workshops to coincide with the new temporary exhibition ‘The Sun’. Maxwell Hamilton reflects on the application of science capital research in this programme of Explainer-led activities and beyond.
In September, the Explainer team at the Science and Industry Museum reflected on their current practice and refreshed their knowledge of science capital. This posts shares the good practice happening within their programme and the opportunities the science capital approach offers.