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.