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The Science Museum Group Academy training courses share creative and practical ideas for teachers, museum and STEM professionals.

All of our courses are founded on our approach to learning and engagement and are shaped and informed by evidence from audience and academic research.

For teachers

Two teachers participating in a science engagement course

A practical, hands-on course which shares creative and research informed approaches to help you create engaging and inspiring science learning experiences.

Dates and locations for primary teachers:

  • Wednesday 19 June 2019, Science and Industry Museum—Manchester
  • Friday 21 June 2019, Science Museum—London

Dates and locations for secondary teachers:

  • Wednesday 3 July 2019, Science and Industry Museum—Manchester
  • Friday 5 July 2019, Science Museum—London

Times: 10.15–16.15

Cost: Free for UK teachers thanks to funding from BP. All materials, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Suitable for: Primary and secondary teachers

Booking:  Please fill in a course booking request.

What can I expect?

You will use a range of practical activities that will help your students to develop confidence and the skills to engage with and talk about science in the classroom and in their everyday lives. All the activities use easily obtainable materials, so that you can use them in your classroom straightaway.
Content of the course includes:

  • Hands-on activities demonstrating how to work scientifically and develop science skills
  • How to use and apply our engagement planning framework ‘Hook, Inform, Enable, Extend’
  • Approaches to help you plan and facilitate engaging classroom discussions

What will I learn?

By the end of the session you will:

  • Know how to create engaging science experiences using ideas from recent research
  • Have a range of new ideas to use with your students
  • Have ideas to build your students’ enquiry and thinking skills

We visit you in your school for these practical, 90-minute twilight sessions which cover core modules from our science engagement course.

Dates and locations: These sessions take place in your school and are currently available to schools in the Greater London area.

Cost: Free for UK teachers thanks to funding from BP. All materials will be provided.

Suitable for: Primary and secondary teachers

Booking:  Email smgacademy@sciencemuseum.ac.uk if you are interested in booking this course.

What can I expect?

You will use a range of practical activities that will help your students to develop confidence and the skills to explore and talk about science in their everyday lives. All our activities use easily obtainable materials, so that you can use them in your classroom straightaway.

Sessions available include:

  • Mystery Boxes: a hands-on classroom activity, exploring science skills and how to work scientifically
  • Hook, Inform, Enable, Extend: our engagement planning framework for creating engaging and inspiring activities and how to apply it yourself
  • Talk Science: ideas and techniques for using questions, images and objects to build students’ enquiry skills and facilitate engaging classroom discussions

What will I learn?

These sessions will provide you with:

  • Knowledge of recent research around good practice in creating engaging science experiences
  • Ideas and resources to use with your students
  • Ideas to build your students’ enquiry and thinking skills.

Packed with practical ideas to get the most from a visit to a museum, science centre or your local park, this course will explore the different ways you can use experiences beyond the classroom to support your students’ science learning and engagement.

Dates and locations:

  • TBC

Cost: Free for UK teachers thanks to funding from BP. All materials, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Suitable for: Primary and secondary teachers

Booking: Please fill in a course booking request.

If you have any questions or would like to enquire about booking a course for a large group (up to 25), please contact us at smgacademy@sciencemuseum.ac.uk

What can I expect?

At the Science Museum Group, we welcome over 650,000 educational visitors a year and have over 25 years’ experience of supporting teachers and group leaders to make the most of their visits.

During this course, you will have the opportunity to try out a variety of practical activities that you could use with your students and discover a range of resources and techniques to build students’ questioning and thinking skills, orientate them to new places and explore STEM content.

Content of the course includes:

  • Hands-on activities to support learning beyond the classroom
  • Approaches to help you facilitate engaging discussions using museum objects, and help your students build their enquiry skills and make personal connections with curriculum content
  • Practical advice and ideas for planning a visit

What Will I learn?

By the end of the session you will:

  • Have a range of new resources and ideas for embedding learning outside the classroom in your science curriculum
  • Feel more confident to use museum objects with your students and help them see the relevance of science to their lives
  • Have ideas to build your students’ discussion, enquiry and thinking skills


For STEM and museum professionals

A woman participating in a science engagement course

During this course, we will share research-informed creative and practical ideas to help you engage different audience groups and to feel more confident communicating your work with them.

Cost: Please contact us at smgacademy@sciencemuseum.ac.uk to discuss.

Booking: Please contact us at smgacademy@sciencemuseum.ac.uk if you are interested in attending this course or to arrange a group booking.

What can I expect?

From thinking about the needs of different audiences, writing key messages and learning outcomes and exploring ways to get people actively involved, this course will share practical activities and ideas to inspire you in your next public engagement opportunity.

Content of the course includes:

  • Understanding your audiences
  • Writing learning outcomes to shape your event or activity
  • Evidence-informed techniques for interacting and connecting with different audiences

What will I learn?

By the end of the session you will:

  • Have a good understanding of how to engage with different audiences
  • Understand the importance of writing learning outcomes and how these can help you to develop and measure the success of your activities
  • Feel more confident to interact with the public and start discussions with them around your area of expertise

This course will introduce the concept of science capital and how it can help us understand how people from all backgrounds engage with science and how their engagement might be increased.

Cost: Please contact us at smgacademy@sciencemuseum.ac.uk to discuss.

Booking: These courses will be available from mid-2019. If you would like to be notified when these dates are announced please contact us at smgacademy@sciencemuseum.ac.uk.

What can I expect?

This course will introduce the concept of science capital and what it means for our work in the informal science learning sector. We will share with you a range of tools to help you reflect on the research and apply a science capital approach to your own work.

The content of this course has been put together as a result of the Science Museum Group’s partnership with King’s College London and University College London through the Enterprising Science project.

Key content includes:

  • An introduction to the science capital research
  • How the informal science learning sector can help build science capital
  • How you can apply the research to your work

What will I learn?

By the end of this course you will:

  • Have insights into the science capital research
  • Have an understanding of how informal science learning experiences can help to build science capital
  • Have ideas that will help you to apply a science capital approach to your work

Our training locations

There are two Science Museum Group Academy hubs: one at the Science Museum in London and one at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester.