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Heart and Seoul…

 Hello all, we are back, after a bit of an absence…

Where have we been? We were just in Korea, delivering training to a large group of teachers as part of the KOFAC-led Asia Science & Creativity Conference 2012. KOFAC works to promote the public understanding of science, and the development of the creative talent pool inKorea, so an important element of their work includes the push for science to be taught in a more engaging, creative way in schools. We are delighted and excited to be a part of this initiative.

We had an amazing time in Seoulworking with teachers dedicated to enhancing their classroom practice. We delivered hands-on activities from our STEM club kits, online resources, and Talk Science tools and techniques such as Mystery Boxes and Powerful Questions- all aimed at developing students’ skills, curiosity and ability to apply creative thinking to a problem.

Meeting and working with such a genuinely keen bunch of teachers was really inspiring, they had loads of thoughtful questions for us, and made us realise how much of what we do and promote (and sometimes almost take for granted!) can actually take teachers outside their comfort zone. We think that giving teachers the motivation and resources to push the envelope a bit will make science teaching that much better for both them and their students-  but we would say that wouldn’t we!

Along with the wonderful people we met (and the snowstorms we braved) we also loved the food, and miss our breakfast kimchi very much… Luckily it’s fairly easy to get ahold of Korean foodstuffs inLondon-we are all glugging brown rice tea and scoffing honey-walnut court cakes in the office these days. Tough life!

We left our hearts in Seoul...

We left our hearts in Seoul…

 In February, we are actually going to be hosting some of those same teachers at the Science Museum. Coming here will give them the chance to experience live programming and see more our resources in action. Hopefully some of them will bring some goodies over too! Maybe we should start preparing a shopping list?


Wow, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind the last few weeks, culminating with the first Talk Science Seminar yesterday. We had a brilliant time, hopefully everyone in attendance did too!

We welcomed about 60 museum professsionals from far and wide,  and it was a real pleasure to see, hear & participate in the discussions around ideas from ‘ghost’ objects and QR codes, to handling collections and extension objects.


Call a taxi! Objects great and small can inspire us...

We tried to give participants a forum to explore why and how we should use our collections to support the teaching of science- and with so much food for thought coming from the day, it looks like we will have plenty more to tackle in future seminars. 

The lovely Rebecca Mileham was our keen reporter during the day, gathering ideas and unpicking trends in the conversations- her findings will be published in the next couple weeks, along with some great cartoons (thanks to the fabulous artists!) that captured the breaking thoughts of the day. We loved seeing those on the wall in the afternoon, eliciting the emotions all over again.

Rebecca Mileham pulled together the findings of the day

Rebecca Mileham pulled together the findings of the seminar

If you were there, thank you for participating. And drop us a line at learningresources@sciencemuseum.ac.uk if you are interested in attending or speaking at future events!

For now, I will leave you with some thoughts that came out of yesterday… Do you agree with them, disagree wholeheartedly, do they intrigue you?

“barriers faced by teachers in museums: too many objects,  poor interpretation, and students’ expectations”

“learning is tied to curriculum stipulations. But what about curiosity?”

“museum objects are inherently interesting. Do we  really need complex technology to interpret them?”

“museum learning is about enquiry skills more than about the content”

 Open for discussion :)




Talk Science Seminar

The Talk Science Seminar is something we are all excited about, have been busily preparing for, and happens on Wednesday!  It’s the first in a series of seminars exploring the potential of museum collections to support the teaching of science. 

As we who work in museums know, collections and the stories they tell are wonderful sources of inspiration, stimulating awe (‘that’s REALLY been to the Moon!’) and creativity; objects can open up discussion around science today and in the context of history, making links between technology and its implications on society. 

Would you have bought a ticket to fly on the first passenger plane?

How can we use our collections to support science teaching at all levels? Can we bring the museum learning philosophy to the classroom? What can we gain by doing so, and what are the challenges?

We’d like the seminars to be an opportunity to address these questions from different angles, as well as a forum for ideas- so they are open to anyone who has an interest in this.

So whether you are a museum or a science centre professional, a teacher or educator, a scientist, or undertaking a museum studies degree- we welcome you to come explore and discuss how we can use our collections to engage young people (and others) with science.

 We are excited to see where this takes us- the findings from this Wednesday will be disseminated online (watch this space), and if you would like to register your interest for future seminars, drop us an email at Learningresources@sciencemuseum.ac.uk

Hope to see you here soon!