Updating our hands-on activities

In November 2016 we launched the first wave of our new and improved hands-on activity sheets for the classroom or home. It was an exciting and proud moment for our team but not without a sense of relief at the end of a sometimes challenging development process. The resources themselves have been part of our core learning offer for many years, supporting Museum visits by allowing visitors to get hands-on and creative with science in their homes and schools. The older resources, though classics, were in need of review, especially in light of science capital research. Continue reading Updating our hands-on activities

Developing our See, Link, Wonder resource to help increase engagement with science using objects and images

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). Such links deepen learning, and promote the relevance of science to young people’s everyday … Continue reading Developing our See, Link, Wonder resource to help increase engagement with science using objects and images

Showcasing transferable skills through our Future Engineers programme

In October, the National Railway Museum launched Future Engineers, an annual programme aiming to spark young people’s interest in engineering. In this post, Laura discusses how an understanding of science capital shaped the Future Engineers programme and gave confidence to try a new approach. Continue reading Showcasing transferable skills through our Future Engineers programme

Getting teachers thinking about how to extend classroom activities into the home

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. This isn’t easy, but it’s always at the forefront of … Continue reading Getting teachers thinking about how to extend classroom activities into the home