Wednesday 24th of September, The Royal Society, London
The lively 'Pecha Kucha' session took place in the main
conference programme from 2:15pm - 3:30pm.
Innovation Showcase', this fast-paced session showcased the very best of new
ideas and research from people working in UK science centres, discovery
centres, museums and universities, around the theme of engaging wider
The selected speakers
Andy Lloyd, Head of Special Projects, Centre for Life
Susan Meikleham, Science Education Coordinator, Glasgow
Ahmed Salim, Producer & Director, 1001 Inventions
Olympia Brown, Science Learning Manager, Royal
Jo Bryant, Community Engagement and Volunteer Manager,
At-Bristol Science Centre
Stephen Pizzey, Director, Science Projects/Observatory
Jack Abramsky, Director, MathsWorld UK
Jo Lewis, Public Engagement Development Manager, STFC
Lloyd, Head of Special Projects, Centre for Life
Greta Defeyter, Professor and Director of Business and Employer Engagement,
Andy develops interactive exhibits and activities. Along the way he reads a lot
of research papers and meets a lot of experts. In talking to Greta we realised
that her findings had huge implications for our field. It turns out that we
unintentionally stop people from being able to succeed with our exhibits by the
way we set them up. Even worse, the effect is most pronounced with children
from the most disadvantaged backgrounds. The solution could be simple.
Science Education Coordinator, Glasgow Science Centre
Science Careers: The Missing Link
For years we have had 'raising awareness of
science careers' in our objectives but what are we really doing about it? We
have teamed up with Skills Development Scotland to give careers guidance the
science centre treatment. The result is (we think) unique: an interactive exhibition
for teenagers bringing STEM careers alive. This presentation is set in the
context of recent reports on science learning, asking are we: Embedding STEM
careers awareness in science education? Busting the 'brainy' image of science
Journeys to the Past to Promote Inclusiveness for a Better Future
1001 Inventions attracted 400,000 visitors to its award-winning exhibit at the
London Science Museum in 2010, of which two-thirds represented under-served audiences most of whom had never visited science museums before. Such success
encouraged 1001 Inventions to replicate its multi-channel community engagement
strategies at international Science Centres engaging over 100 million people.
Based on experience, the presentation will highlight best practices to
effectively engage, positively impact and inspire under-represented Asian, Arab
and Muslim communities through scientific and cultural transmedia initiatives.
Brown, Science Learning Manager, Royal Institution
ExpeRimental: science at home for everyone
Many people who look after children are reluctant to try science activities at
home. The Ri's new digital project 'ExpeRimental' targets this group,
encouraging them to become science communicators by showing them the questions
to ask and behaviour to adopt when doing simple science activities together.
But reaching and empowering this new audience is tricky. Olympia will share the
various methods that the Ri is trying to reach these groups.
Bryant, Community Engagement and Volunteer Manager, At-Bristol Science Centre
Learning together with Prisoner families
In 2012 Children in Need funded us to work with Fathers serving prison
sentences. During rare contact with their children at Family days run by the
prison, we provided activities and staff to build confidence and facilitate
family learning. Government cuts curtailed these Family days unexpectedly. With
access to this audience removed we had to devise a new model to engage with
these families. Early indicators suggest we have discovered a simple model that
could work for other under-served audiences.
Pizzey, Director, Science Projects/Observatory Science Centre
The multi-tech centre
Originally developed as an idea for Africa, I realise we need it here, but
could it work? The scheme is to create a community comprising: a hands-on
science centre and forum, skills training unit, a resource centre for medical
outreach programs with a clinic. The skills training unit would provide exhibits
for the exhibitions and the science centre would develop outreach programmes
for the clinic. Each would trade with the outside world.
The UK is lagging behind many other countries in not having a dedicated museum
of mathematics. MathsWorldUK is working towards establishing the first National
Mathematics Exploratorium, which will be the natural focus to experience the
full joy, wonder and power of mathematics in a hands-on interactive
environment; a place to meet with friends, engage with mathematical puzzles and
stimulating exhibits and a place to discuss mathematics over a cup of coffee or
glass of wine.