In November 2017 I was given the opportunity to visit the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
I’ve recently attended a training session delivered by the Science Museum’s Enterprising Science project team around science capital and how we can use it in our work.
Science is a social and creative endeavour.
As a new school year starts, we look forward to welcoming our school and educational visitors again after the summer break.
When you feel connected, excited or passionate about something you have experienced or discovered, you want to share and talk about it with other people.
‘Not for me’.
With amazing authentic objects, cutting edge science stories and hands on experiences, museums and science centres are a rich learning resource that spark curiosity and show how science has transformed all our lives.
Science, technology, engineering and maths achieve incredible things, it can be exciting, awe inspiring, even entertaining and fun, but that doesn’t mean that everyone will automatically make a personal connection with it or feel that it is something for them.
Research shows us that many young people who enjoy science, grow up feeling that it is not for them.
I’m not sure now when I first encountered science capital.
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.