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
We know from the science capital research that many people see that science is just a subject that is taught in school and don’t see the relevance to them beyond the classroom. One of the ways we have been working to address … Continue reading Science engagement reflection tool: Extending the experience
The language we use around STEM, both verbal and visual, often reinforces the idea that it is for people who aren’t ‘like me’. We know from the science capital research that our communication around STEM has a big impact on … Continue reading Science engagement reflection tool: Language
I’m not sure now when I first encountered science capital, but I know it was after the Wellcome Trust had published their Review of Informal Science Learning. In the recommendations it suggested that links between research and practice were strengthened … Continue reading Science capital, museums and me
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. With awe inspiring authentic objects, cutting-edge science stories, and hands on experiences, our … Continue reading Why are our museums great places for science engagement?
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. Every … Continue reading Our science engagement reflection tool
I vividly remember my first museum experience, it was in the Natural History Museum, and I was amazed at the variety of life and the complex interrelated web of species. What I didn’t realise was that these experiences were important … Continue reading My first impressions of science capital
We know from research that many young people grow up thinking that science is not for them. They might think that it’s too hard, too boring or just irrelevant to their future careers and aspirations. They might think they are … Continue reading How Science Capital shaped Wonderlab: the Statoil gallery
The research has identified 8 dimensions of science capital which will effect a person’s connection and relationship with science. Understanding what these influences are can help design and deliver learning opportunities that will enable more people to engage with science. … Continue reading What influences science capital: The eight dimensions
Science capital is a measure of someone’s engagement with science and how much it is valued in their life. The concept also provides an understanding of what can be done to help increase peoples engagement with STEM. The research into science capital by King’s College … Continue reading What is science capital?