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.
The Science Museum Group have been working with the principle of science capital for almost 10 years. Throughout our journey we have learned a huge amount around what this approach can look like in practice and what challenges we, and our colleagues have faced with it. Here we share our top 5 most commonly asked questions.
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 three of our Science Capital in Practice: Foundations for the Future blog series, we look at what embedding a science capital approach has meant for the work and across the different partner organisations.
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.
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?
Whilst working to embed a science capital approach across the Science Museum Group, we have also been sharing our experiences with universities, museums and science centres across the world. Sarah Callan, Science Museum Studies student, SUNY Oneonta University, NY, shares her cohort’s experience of applying the research to an informal education setting.
How did we develop a family activity trail for Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries at the Science Museum, London? Laurel Mackie, Content Programmer, Medicine Galleries, Science Museum, shares the process and key elements of the resource.
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.
For the latest installment of ‘out and about’, Scout Davies explored the Yorkshire Museum. In this post she provides examples of exhibits and activities that help visitors feel welcome and confident to take part in the museum’s experiences.