Science Museum – but no science?
To change people’s perception of science and a museum
To engage the public, including young children in actually doing REAL science, not just watching it or being confused by it
To enhance the lives of the participants
To represent science as something that is a logical continuation of our natural curiosity and wonder about the world around us.
Summary of activity:
Through a series of 5 day session with skilled facilitators the participants have been encouraged to do their own science – i.e. design their own experiments, conduct the research and find out new things. This is all done in a bone fida science lab built by Beau Lotto in the Science Museum.
It’s on going, there will be a film and dissemination through our Lates programme and conferences etc
What went well:
Sessions were inspirational and participants have reported life changing effects
Communicating project to adults at Lates evenings
Children showing and communicating the project to adults
What was learned:
Skilled and inspirational programmes are rare and can usually target only small groups but the long term effects can be dramatic
People can gain so much from confidence building and one to one attention
Top tips and advice for others
Plan, rehearse and used extremely skilled facilitators
Do not underestimate children and their ability to ask genuine and searching questions