A record of past Learning partnership projects.
Talk Science (2007-2012)
The Talk Science project comprised:
- Development and delivery of the Talk Science Teacher Course for secondary school teachers at venues across the UK and attended by 2,600 teachers.
- Development and production of classroom teaching kits, a blog for teachers and a series of tools and techniques giving teachers ideas for engaging students in classroom discussion.
- Creation of Futurecade, a suite of four online games and a series of videos to stimulate classroom discussion around contemporary science.
- Delivery of seminars for museum educators to share expertise in engaging teenagers in science through museum collections. Download the report for Exploring the Potential of Museums, held in June 2012.
- Sharing of the Talk Science ethos and its learnings through presentations and workshops at national and international conferences including the Museums Association Conference, Ecsite, Museum Next and the Asia Science and Creativity Conference 2012.
- Working to raise young people’s aspirations in science through the Enterprising Science project.
The long-term impacts of all aspects of this project were measured and all findings are available on request.
Learn more about the Talk Science project:
Help your students make a personal connection with the science that shapes their lives, and to see science as something that’s for them.
Here at the Science Museum we have a wealth of experience engaging diverse audiences and igniting their curiosity in science. Our teacher courses, delivered by our experienced training team, share our philosophy and our practical, effective approaches for engaging students with science both inside and outside the classroom.
All our courses are hands-on and you’ll leave with ideas and all the resources you need to apply the techniques in your own practice straight away.
Selected courses—including the dates below—are free until December 2017. All materials, lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Science engagement course
Our secrets to creating engaging science learning experiences. You’ll find this course full of practical ideas for the classroom and beyond. We believe in the importance of linking classroom learning to students’ everyday lives and the experiences that matter to them, to help demonstrate the relevance and potential of science. This course will help you generate ideas to do just that.
- Mystery Boxes, a hands-on activity exploring how science works
- How to apply our ‘Hook, Inform, Enable, Extend’ approach for planning engaging activities
- Facilitating effective discussions and building students’ enquiry skills with our ‘See, Link, Wonder’ method
- For Secondary teachers: 5 July 2017 at Science Museum, London, 10.00–16.00
- For Primary teachers: 22 November 2017 at Science Museum, London, 10.00–16.00
- For Primary teachers: 24 November 2017 at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, 10.00–16.00
Science beyond the classroom course
How to maximise opportunities for learning science outside school. Packed with practical ideas to get the most from a visit to a museum, gallery, science centre, and more, this course will also support you in using the impact of these experiences to enhance your classroom teaching.
- Practical advice for planning a visit
- Hands-on activities you can use during a visit
- How to embed the experience into your classroom teaching
- Developing your facilitation skills and confidence in using museum objects, and helping students build their enquiry skills and make links to their own lives
For Primary and Secondary teachers.
- 30 June 2017 at Science Museum, London, 10.00–16.00
Discussion in the classroom—secondary only
Get your students talking about science. This course will help you plan and facilitate engaging classroom discussions about contemporary science that everyone can participate in. Help students find their own voice and the confidence to have a say.
- Hook your students in with powerful questions that make topics relevant to their lives
- How to structure a group discussion to make sure everyone can take part
- Facilitation skills to help you keep a discussion going
- Sticky moments and how to deal with them
Please contact us at the email address below if you are interested in attending this course.
Futurecade’s four games–Bacto-Lab, Robo-Lobster, Cloud Control and Space Junker–are based on scientific research happening today and can be used as fun, interactive stimuli to get your students thinking about how technology might impact on their lives.
Download the resources below for lesson ideas, top tips and background information to help you become familiar with the science portrayed in the games:
- Teacher briefing notes: Lesson ideas
- Bacto-Lab: Synthetic biology
- Robo-Lobster: Military robots
- Cloud Control: Geo-engineering
- Space Junker: Space junk
Futurecade can support your teaching of How Science Works and help your students consider the applications and implications of science.
Futurecade is relevant to the following aspects of programmes of study in England and Wales, and equivalent curricula in Scotland and Northern Ireland:
KS3 Science (QCA 2007)
1.2b: examine the ethical and moral implications of using and applying science
KS4 Science (QCA 2007)
4: applications and implications of science
KS3 and KS4 Citizenship (QCA 2007)
2.1a: engage with/question and reflect on different ideas, opinions, assumptions, beliefs and values when exploring topical and controversial issues and problems
4a: debate in groups and whole-class discussion topical and contemporary issues including those of concern to young people
4j: make links between Citizenship and work in other subjects
This project was supported by BP.
Our 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.
In partnership with 15 non-science based museum collections across the nation and 13 STEM professionals, we worked with groups of students from a number of schools to create resources that would interest and engage other KS3 students in STEM themes.
This was a strategic commissioning project funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Children, Families and Schools.
To coincide with the reopening of the Museum’s popular Launchpad hands-on gallery following a major facelift, we visited selected schools across the UK to deliver shows and workshops to students in Year 7 and S1 in Scotland.
Each school involved with the project experienced a two-day teacher training course, watched one of our shows, took part in a science communication skills workshop and completed the Launchbox Challenge (a hands-on workshop using our specially designed kit, to design and create a chain reaction contraption).
The project, which reached over 8,500 students and 66 teachers, was supported by:
- Principal Sponsor: Shell
- Major Sponsor: Nintendo
- Major Funder: The Garfield Weston Foundation
- With additional support from: The Zochonis Charitable Trust
Creative Canal (2003-2009)
The project was a partnership with The London Canal Museum and Beauchamp Lodge Floating Classroom, which enabled us to develop relationships with 63 schools and 72 community groups to deliver a sustained programme of free outreach events.
Each participating school and community group enjoyed three outreach events with the CCP Team and project partners, a show or workshop at the school or community centre, a visit to the Science Museum, a visit to the Canal Museum and a trip on the Beauchamp Lodge floating classroom.
The 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.
To complement the opening of our Energy-fuelling the future gallery we embarked on an innovative project, supported by BP, using film to inspire year 7 students and educate them about the subject of energy.
We worked with a total of 27 schools and reached over 4,125 year 7 students in London, Swindon and Hull. In each school we:
- Delivered a classroom session exploring the topic of energy in new and exciting ways, through demos and quizzes.
- Presented a specially-written show covered what energy is, where it comes from, and how we use it.
- Supported students in making their own three-minute film on the theme of energy.
All the classes involved in the project came to a Celebration Day at the Science Museum, including a premiere of their films screened in the Science Museum’s IMAX Cinema.
Transition Science (2009-2010)
Our aim was to re-engage Year 7 pupils with science at the important transition stage between primary and secondary school. With 18 schools across the London boroughs of Lewisham, Hackney and Southwark we delivered free science shows, science communication workshops and community kitchen science events, and welcomed over 500 pupils into the Museum.
In total we reached nearly 5,500 students, parents and teachers in this project, which was supported by UBS.
Deutsche Bank Project (2002-2007)
In the Deutsche Bank Project we worked with schools in disadvantaged areas of London. Our team delivered more than 200 free science shows, and welcomed around 100 groups into the Museum on grant-assisted visits.
In total, the project reached more than 30,000 pupils, supporting and enriching the teaching of the National Curriculum science syllabus.
To find out more about any of these projects, email us