Enterprising Science Project

 

Overview

Enterprising Science is a 5 year partnership between the Science Museum, King's College London and BP, bringing together expertise, research and experience in informal science learning.

The aim of the project is to develop, test and disseminate new tools and techniques to engage more young people in secondary schools with science, and raise awareness of the value of science skills in any career. These tools will enable teachers, families, and museum educators to inspire, engage and support many more young people in their science learning.

 

There are 2 strands to the project:

Our 'Schools and Families' programme will work with teachers, with young people in schools, and with their families, to create a really joined-up and supportive learning environment for students. Our aim is for that environment to raise the value that young people place on science in their lives - hopefully helping that develop into a genuine interest in science and the ability to see that scientific skills (such as inquiry and creativity) can benefit any career.

On our Teacher Professional Partnership programme we will be working closely with small groups of partner teachers, to collaboratively develop and trial new tools and techniques for engaging students with science both inside and outside the classroom. The resources that come out of this will be disseminated across the UK in our Talk Science course for teachers and museum educators, and online - spreading good practice and innovative ideas far and wide.

This project builds on our successful Talk Science project which has been running since 2007. Armed with the experience and lessons learned, and combined with the research and team from Kings College London's five-year ASPIRES study of children's science and career aspirations, Enterprising Science aims to really understand and emphasize the impact and power of informal science learning.

As of spring 2014, Enterprising Science will also be delivered by the National Railway Museum York, the Museum of Science and Industry Manchester, and National Media Museum Bradford, working with schools, families and teachers in their regions. For more information about the project and the opportunities involved, please email us at: learningresources@sciencemuseum.ac.uk

Visit the King's College London Enterprising Science page to find out more about this partnership and keep up to date with the outputs of the project research: www.kcl.ac.uk/enterprisingscience.

 

Meet the Science Museum team

 

The Enterprising Science team at the Science Museum
 

Clockwise from bottom left:

Tanya Dean
Learning Resources Project Developer
My favourite object in the Science Museum is…
It's hard to pick a favourite, but I've chosen Rowley's Original Orrery, which is one of the first orreries ever made. I love orreries; I have always enjoyed finding out about space, and they are such a great way to visualise the movement of the planets. The craftsmanship is amazing; I love the mechanical nature of it. It combines science with art, two of my favourite things, and reminds me of the Joseph Wright of Derby painting A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery 1766.
 
Beth Hawkins
Learning Resources Projects Manager
My favourite object in the Science Museum is…
Antony Gormley's Iron Baby. I love how it is an unexpected piece to find in the Science Museum, hidden on the floor between the museum cases. It generates so much curiosity, questions and reactions, depicting something so fragile and beautiful and yet it is made from a material that is so strong. I love how some people want to stroke and nurture it, whilst others kick it!

Christopher Whitby
Learning Audience Researcher and Advocate
My favourite object in the Science Museum is…
The trephination kit: This object would have been used to drill a small hole into the skull, and has been seen as a means of curing a range of illnesses, including mental health problems, headaches, and even letting out evil spirits. What intrigues me about this object – apart from it being wonderfully gruesome – is how it shows that science is always changing, and what we believe to be true, or the best way of doing things is changing all the time (even if some people still practice this today). It is exciting to think that people are constantly researching, exploring, and altering the way we think about the world – that, and I would prefer another, less scary, way to deal with a headache.

Micol Molinari
Learning Resources Project Coordinator
My favourite object in the Science Museum is…
The Lockheed 10A Electra plane, because I love to imagine what it would have felt like to buy a ticket for its maiden voyage. The anticipation and excitement as we wait for takeoff on the runway… Are my fellow passengers talking to each other, giggling nervously? Are they in awed silence? Are we being told to fasten our seatbelts, like we are so used to today? It must have been amazing to be one of the first lucky passengers to fly in this awesome aircraft. Standing under the shadow of its wings I can be one of them.

Jane Dowden
Learning Resources Project Coordinator
My favourite object in the Science Museum is…
In Making the Modern World there is a tiny bottle containing an original sample of William Perkin's Mauveine dye. The 18 year old was trying to develop a cure for malaria when he produced this purple dye by accident. William’s ability to see potential in a failed experiment and his business ambitions led to his work marking the beginning of a whole new industry in synthetic dyes. And it means I can wear purple!

Kate Davis
Learning Resources Project Developer
My favourite object in the Science Museum is…
The Vickers Vimy Biplane.  This object blew me away when I first saw it! This was the first plane to fly non-stop all the way across the Atlantic Ocean and I couldn’t believe that I was actually standing underneath the genuine article.  The adventures that Alcock and Brown had during their flight are amazing and I wonder, if this plane could speak, what tales it could tell. 

Enterprising Science and Talk Science are supported by BP.