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  • Date: 04/27/2021
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Live science events engage publics with science in a social context. This article articulates the aims and ethos of this growing sector within a research context. Semi-structured interviews (N=13) and focus groups (N=77) were conducted with event practitioners (both professional and volunteers) in the U.S.A. and U.K.. Inductive thematic analysis ... »
  • Date: 11/17/2020
    Resource Category: Research Brief
    The Equity Compass helps to identify how and why particular examples of practice may be more or less equitable. By mapping your practice, the compass can help support planning for improvements in equitable practice. By attending to each of the segments, the Equity Compass helps practitioners to identify ways to support young people’s critical STEM ... »
  • Date: 10/16/2020
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    As an emerging field of theory, research, and practice, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) has received attention for its efforts to incorporate the arts into the rubric of STEM learning. In particular, many informal educators have embraced it as an inclusive and authentic approach to engaging young people with STEM. ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2020
    Resource Category: Edited Chapter
    But many young people face signifcant economic, cultural, historical, and/or social obstacles that distance them from STEM as a meaningful or viable option— these range from under-resourced schools, race- and gender-based discrimination, to the dominant cultural norms of STEM professions or the historical uses of STEM to oppress or disadvantage ... »
  • Date: 10/06/2019
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this paper we share an emerging analytical approach to designing and studying STEAM programs that focuses on how programs integrate the respective epistemic practices—the ways in which knowledge is constructed—of science and art. We share the rationale for moving beyond surface features of STEAM programs (e.g., putting textiles and electronics ... »
  • Date: 09/21/2019
    Resource Category: Conference Proceedings
    This poster was presented at the 2019 Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference. It describes the Move2Learn project, which studies embodied interactions during science learning in order to articulate design principles about how museum exhibits can most effectively encourage cognitive and physical engagement with science. ... »
  • Date: 06/19/2019
    Resource Category: Report
    Health is a personal experience, a social issue and a global concern. Any attempt to improve health, whether through new treatments, policies or procedures, will be most effective when patients and the public are engaged. No matter how great your idea or how robust your science, it still has to be accepted by the people who stand to benefit from ... »
  • Date: 03/28/2019
    Resource Category: Report
    Curiosity is a grant-funding programme from the Wellcome Trust with BBC Children in Need., and it provides funding to help youth organisations develop and deliver inspiring science activities for disadvantaged children and young people. This report looks at the key findings from the 32 projects funded during the first round. The Round 1 projects ... »
  • Date: 09/19/2018
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    We review how the Wellcome Collection exhibition ‘Teeth’ enacts meanings from an educational anthropology and Science and Technology Studies perspective. The exhibition tells the history of dental science. It starts with accounts of the painful procedures and social inequalities of early oral healthcare. As it moves towards the present day it ... »
  • Date: 04/01/2017
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Public Participation in Scientific Research (PPSR), often referred to as crowdsourcing or citizen science, engages participants in authentic research, which both advances science discovery as well as increases the potential for participants' understanding and use of science in their lives and careers. This four year research project examines youth ... »