Science engagement reflection tool: Positive reinforcement

Research shows us that many young people who enjoy science, grow up feeling that it is not for them. STEM subjects are commonly perceived as being suited to only the very ‘brainy’ – a view often shared by both young people and their parents. In some recent research with families who are infrequent visitors to museums, we asked the adults to describe their feelings about science in three words and their responses were typically: Difficult… complicated… nerdy… for clever people… Perhaps unsurprisingly, this perception of science is difficult to identify with and discourages many visitors from engaging with STEM related … Continue reading Science engagement reflection tool: Positive reinforcement

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