Ecsite: Outreach: new practises…

During this session, several participants presented their projects and how those have been developed in order to help fill the gap between the differences (groups, ages, situations, etc).


Rachael InglisNathalie CapletTheodoros AnagnostopoulosLeticia GonzálezPeter Trevitt

The Cambridge Science Centre has made some studies after being present in several schools, following children, year after year to make a long-term impact on them. All different participants to this sessions presented portable exhibits and pop-up elements, insisting on the fact that if your audience doesn’t come to you, you as a museum/structure/institution need to go after the public!

Showing that through different experiences and especially by exploring science elements in a less structured way, the feedback is very positive and children want more!!

It is all about what happens out of the school and inside the school: during a yearly cycle, the fact that specialists come and repeat the experiences and/or the wording year after as the students grow up, helps evaluate the impact of the interventions on the:

14 primary schools

6 secondary schools

3 communities (a total of 2,119 students, ages: 9-13)…

A great way to analyze the limits and the possibilities of digital resources usage at home! Moreover, some of the unstaffed displays of hands-on exhibits – the whole all in all with a very positive feedback.

SciCo with Mind the Lab in Greece had a similar problematic: they wanted to target the “absolute general audience”; so what was the best solution to do this?

They decided to bring sciences into metro stations. They did 8 stations in Athen / 1 day / 10 stops in total. The leitmotiv was the following: Science takes the metro for the first time! In parallel, they went to a science festival.

Of course, they experienced reaching many more people at the same time during the festival, but by meeting people during their transportation and in special areas, even if it wasn’t the same quality-time, they think it’s a kind of teaser, to “give a first idea” and a “first sense of what science is”, what it can bring you. Then, send them something that is related to what they have experienced…

In the end, they created a set of guidelines, a concept to be used anywhere, and many cities are already interested.

The Natural Science Museum of Barcelona, which includes 5 different sites, also presented their « travelling museum » boxes. A concept created to show, stimulate, demonstrate, and engage thanks to an « Exhibit Cabinet ».

A very nice object with many possibilities to be used in different areas for various audiences.