Museum of Natural History
What activities took place?
In 2016 the Museum of Natural History developed Super Science Saturday, a new event which will run twice annually in the Museum. Nearly 5,000 people have taken part in the event so far. The focus is to engage with the science departments to encourage DPhil students and Postdoc Researchers to deliver activities based on their research. The event is targeted at a family audience and provides them with the opportunity to engage with some of the world-class research that goes on within the University. Super Science Saturday developed from a previous event that focused on engaging and exciting families about science in general, to one that was more related to the museum’s collection and contemporary research from the University as well as providing an opportunity for families to meet researchers.
How did this help to build capacity?
As part of the event, Museum staff supported and trained researchers to design activities based on their current research that are accessible for a family audience. Once developed, these activities can be delivered again at other events. As well as gaining practical experience, researchers also develop communication skills through delivering the activities. The ongoing programme of Super Science Saturdays provides a valuable platform for researchers to engage the public with their research in a supported way.
“I’ve gained experience in communicating effectively with children of varying ages, modifying my explanations to suit their abilities. I’ve gained confidence in talking to members of the public about science.” Participating Postgraduate research student Fiona Jones.