Written and edited by the Science Museum Group Academy team, this blog shares our personal reflections of science capital and wider research around STEM engagement. It includes examples of how we are working to try and embedded the research into our different museum functions and contexts – to ultimately enable us to develop and deliver more inclusive and accessible STEM and cultural engagement experiences, across our offer for the widest possible audiences.
The creation of the Transforming Practice blog came as a response to feedback from the first Enterprising Science ‘Transforming Practice’ seminar held at the Science Museum to introduce the concept of science capital to museum and science centre practitioners. The response to the research was extremely positive, but people wanted to know what the research meant for museums and science centres – and what it actually looked like in practice.
A copy of the report from the first Transforming Practice seminar can be found here.
We have also been gaining valuable insights into absent and infrequent visitors to our museums, and their interests and attitudes towards science through our Building Bridges project. This research has had a huge impact on us and has been changing the way that we work with schools and local communities.
As with all new approaches, practical examples take a while to develop. So through sharing and documenting the journeys that practitioners are taking to use and apply leading STEM engagement research, we hope it will inspire and encourage more museums, science centres and STEM practitioners to reflect on the the opportunities that they have to reach out and connect with more audiences.
If you want to drop us a line or are interested in contributing to the blog please do get in touch with us at: SMGacademy@sciencemuseum.ac.uk
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