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Explainer Affelia in our Learning team looks at some mischievous mirrors in the Science Museum.  Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? We all know this famous saying from Snow White, but mirrors are incredibly useful in our day to day lives. We use them in the morning to check our hair, in cars to avoid crashes and some buildings have them in corridors for safety. But there are some other, more mischievous, ways to use […]

It’s always a nice surprise receiving letters from our visitors and we try our best to write back as soon as possible.  In fact most of the letters we receive are from Primary Schools who have just visited. The pupils from Pirbright Village Primary School sent us some lovely letters telling us their favourite parts of the Science Museum.  The pupils loved the Exploring Space gallery, Launchpad and the Space Station IMAX 3D film (click to enlarge letters). Explainer Fact: If you would like to send us […]

We love receiving letters from our visitors and we always try our best to write back as soon as possible. Recently pupils from Spaldwick School visited the Launchpad gallery and saw the Feel the Force science show presented by Explainer Dwain on their outing to the Museum (click to enlarge letters). Explainer Dwain was so impressed that he thanked the pupils of Spaldwick school and answered queries about his co-star in the Feel the Force show – Phil the Frog! Explainer Fact: If you would like to […]

Outreach officer Laura talks about the Science Museum’s new education links with China The Science Museum recently hosted a very special visit from the Science Theatre Group from the Dongguan Science and Technology Museum (DGSTM) in China. Much like our Explainers here at the museum, the theatre group performs free science shows for visitors at the DGSTM – the main difference being their performers are mostly between the ages of 6 and 12 years! Kitted out with beautiful costumes and having […]

We love receiving letters from our visitors and we always try our best to write back as soon as possible. In fact, most of the letters we receive are from primary schools that have just visited the Museum. Kids being kids, they can be brutally honest in telling us their likes (e.g. big bangs!) and dislikes (also big bangs). The pupils from Parkhill School visited the Launchpad and saw the Flash! Bang! Wallop! Launchpad show on their outing to the Museum.  […]

Tracey Morgan, Outreach Team Leader, looks back at London’s West End Live event. On Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd of June, the Science Museum joined Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, London Film Museum, Forbidden Planet, the Theatres Trust, Banqueting House and Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop along with all of the West End Theatres to celebrate the hugely popular London event West End Live at Trafalgar Square. The Science Museum was glad to be invited back for a 9th year […]

Laura Meade and Ronan Bullock, Outreach Officers in our Learning team, write about the Science Museum’s new partnership with the Prince’s Trust. Earlier this year, we invited musician will.i.am and the Prince’s Trust to the Science Museum to announce a new partnership. Will.i.am recently gave a £500,000 donation to the Prince’s Trust, and we’re using some of this money to work with XL Clubs in schools across the country. The Outreach team has been visiting schools across the country, ‘grossing out’ whole year groups […]

Jared Keller, a researcher and former Science Museum Explainer, discusses some of our hidden objects and the science behind them.  Today we’re looking at the Sound Section of Launchpad and one of my favourite exhibits, “Sound Bite”. If you’re a bit rusty on your Sound Bite science, there is an old BBC refresher course on the principles of sound travelling through a medium/solid. The important thing to remember is that sound waves can travel through a solid material like a […]

Guest post by Apprentices Jorden, Vicki & Toni Hello everyone!  We are the bubbly young apprentices who work in the Learning department (mainly with the Explainers) at the Science Museum. We are here to gain vocational skills and experience in a working environment.  This will prepare us for work in the future and provides us with a Level 2 NVQ in Cultural Heritage and Venue Operations qualification, which is widely recognised by employers. Jorden, 17 “I chose to do an […]