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.
Whether it is on a school visit, as a family day out, or maybe through an experience online, there are many different reasons why people come to museums.
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.
When designing learning resources, activities and events as part of the Enterprising Science project, we have repeatedly tried to create connections between science and students’ homes, families and local communities.
We know from research that many young people grow up thinking that science is not for them.
I checked out the Science Museum’s Cravings exhibition with our audit and reflection tool in hand.