Antenna presents current science stories in a clear and engaging style pitched at secondary aged students. Using displays and touch-screen interactives this gallery provides a unique environment in which to increase understanding of:
- the way scientists work, scientific methods and investigation
- advances in modern science and technology
- social and ethical implications of scientific and technological developments.
Antenna comprises a series of smaller displays about topical science stories and a larger 'feature' exhibition. The current feature is:
Pain Less: the future of relief
This year, the average Brit will swallow 373 painkilling pills. But we treat pain with drugs that haven’t really changed for decades. Is there a better way to control pain?
Explore pain through the stories of extraordinary people who deal with it every day – from the patient who suffers with chronic pain in his missing limb, to the man who feels no pain at all.
This exhibition explores how scientists are working to create the perfect pain relief... Geneticists decode DNA to find out how pain works in the body. Neuroscientists examine brain activity to discover how emotion affects how we feel pain. Researchers ask: Do we really feel no pain during surgery under anaesthetic? Or do we simply not remember it? How might this affect us?
Pain Less will introduce the latest pain research, through personal stories, scientific discovery, fascinating objects, films and even games.
The Antenna website provides a rich classroom resource for teachers, which you can use completely independent of a visit to the Museum. It contains a wealth of topical science stories, interviews with scientists, opinions from experts, and lively games that you can use in your teaching. It's also great for students to use when researching topical issues, problems or events in the scientific field (Citizenship).
During the school holidays Antenna also offers the chance to meet the scientists behind the discoveries and see what they’ve been working on.