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The Collecting Stories was a two-year project working with regional and local museums nationwide to explore the science, technology, engineering and maths in museum collections through partnership and collaborative work.
The Collecting Stories project was a strategic commissioning project funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Children Families and Schools.
The projects’ aim was to make Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) more accessible to KS3 (11-14 year old) audiences by using museum collections to relate to STEM principles, concepts and real life experiences.
For two years Collecting Stories project had worked in partnership with non-science based museum collections across the nation. Each museum collaborated with a group of KS3 students to create a resource that would interest and engage other KS3 students in STEM themes.
We know that STEM topics provide a great way of looking at museum collections, but we also know that the best people to tell us what will appeal to a KS3 audience are KS3 students themselves. We worked directly with our target audience to ensure that the resources we created were at the right educational level, were engaging to KS3 and had the longevity to be used by the museum long after the project had come to an end.
The main foci of the project were to:
The projects' skills and lessons learnt will be gathered into a toolkit for other museums to access. The toolkit aims to share the skills and lessons learned and to give the guidance and tools to any museum collection wanting to run a similar project.
The Collecting Stories toolkit will be released late 2011. For further information about the project or the toolkit please contact:
Science Museum OutreachTel: 020 7942 4707Fax: 020 7942 firstname.lastname@example.org
Museums: Beamish Museum, DurhamBrooklands Museum, WeybridgeCaptain Cook’s Birthplace Museum, MiddlesboroughClarke Hall Museum, WakefieldGreat North Museum: Hancock, Tyne and Wear (North East regional partner museum) Hawley Collections at Kelham Island Museum, SheffieldMuseum of Hartlepool, HartlepoolNational Motor Museum, HampshireNational Railway Museum, York (Yorkshire regional partner museum) River and Rowing Museum, Henley-on-ThamesRoyal Marines Museum, Portsmouth (South East regional partner museum) Ryedale Folk Museum, YorkshireThackray Museum, LeedsThe Historic Chatham Dockyard, KentUre Museum of Greek Archaeology, Reading
Schools:ALNS Business & Enterprise College, PortsmouthCharter Academy, PortsmouthGunnersbury Catholic School, LondonHuntington School, YorkMillthorpe School, YorkSt, Cuthbert’s Catholic High School, Newcastle
STEM professionals:Billy Huang, University of YorkDr Chris Carbone, Institute of ZoologyChris CookseyDr Jasper Graham-Jones, Plymouth UniversityKevin Bamford, Kelham Island MuseumRebecca Broadbent, STEM ShropshireRichard Atkins, Engineering ConsultantsProf. Rik Brydson, University of LeedsRoss W. Harrington, Newcastle UniversitySelina Hurley, Science MuseumSimon Cran, Bombardier TransportationSteve Humble, Institute of mathematics & its applicationThomas James, Imperial College
Other organisations:The Science Links in Museum Education (SLIME) Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Science & Technology Education Around Museums (STEAM)
The Collecting Stories project was funded jointly by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Children, Schools and Families as part of the Strategic Commissioning Programme for Museum and Gallery Education.