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About the Academy

The Science Museum Group Academy is the home for our science engagement training.

Our approach to training

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Our training courses draw on our experience engaging audiences with STEM through contemporary science, hands-on experiences, and object interpretation and engagement within and beyond our museums. This has been shaped and informed by ongoing audience and wider education research.

The Science Museum Group has been delivering STEM engagement practitioner training for over 25 years.

We have worked with organisations including The Royal Society and the Royal College of Pathologists, as well as STEM professionals who support our events and programmes including the Manchester Science Festival and our Tomorrow’s World events.

Why the Academy?

The Science Museum Group is committed to making a difference and to helping build a ‘STEM-literate’ society that celebrates science, technology and engineering and their impact on our lives now and in the future.

People experience and learn about science in many different places—at school, at home and in their everyday lives.

By bringing together education and STEM professionals to share and reflect on the latest research and practice around STEM engagement, the Academy aims to address the challenges of low engagement with science, helping to create a more inclusive society.

Academy training locations

There are two Science Museum Group Academy hubs. One is based at the Science Museum, London and the other at the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester. There are training spaces in both locations.

We also deliver training across our other Science Museum Group sites, and in other locations and venues across the UK and internationally.

Academy Advisers

The Science Museum Group Academy is supported by a group of advisers from the informal and formal STEM learning sectors:

Academy collaborations

By working with other organisations in the STEM engagement community, we can help to bring wider benefits to more diverse audiences.

STEM Ambassadors

The STEM Ambassador Hub Trans-Pennine is managed by the Science Museum Group on behalf of STEM Learning, delivering the STEM Ambassador programme across three regions.

Science Capital in Practice Programme

We are partnering with the UK Association of Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) to deliver a ‘Science Capital in Practice’ programme. Fifteen UK science centres will receive a grant, training and additional resources to allow them to apply the concept of ‘science capital’ to their STEM engagement activities.

The chosen participants are:

Aberdeen Science Centre
Dundee Science Centre
Glasgow Science Centre
Eden Project
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
International Centre for Life
National Coal Mining Museum
Catalyst Science Discovery Centre
Cambridge Science Centre
Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Science Oxford
Thinktank (Birmingham Museums Trust)
Woolsthorpe Manor
Winchester Science Centre
Techniquest Glyndŵr

Consultancy

The Science Museum Group offers consultancy services to museums and science centres both in the UK and internationally.

More about the Science Museum Group’s consultancy services

Contact us

For more information, please email smgacademy@sciencemuseum.ac.uk.

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