About the project
Enterprising Science is a new five year partnership between King's College London, the Science Museum and BP. The project aims to help more students to find science engaging and useful for improving their opportunities and outcomes in life. The longer-term aim of the project is to help improve post-16 science participation.
The project aims to build ‘science capital’ (science-related qualifications, interest, literacy and social contacts) among teachers, students and their families. Our approach involves collaboration between secondary schools, young people (11-16 years of age) and their families, and museums and science centres.
The study will involve:
Applying approaches and philosophy from the informal science learning sector (e.g. museums and science centres) and science education to develop resources and approaches for building science capital that can be used by teachers and museum educators, both in and outside of the classroom
Researching the resources and approaches that are developed – to understand the processes involved, participants’ experiences of them and the extent to which the new approaches ‘work’
The development phase of Enterprising Science will work with 400 young people aged 11–16, their families and over 100 teachers and museum educators.
Enterprising Science will run from 2013–17. BP has generously provided £4.3 million to fund the programme over the next five years.
Take a look at BP's minisite on Enterprising Science by clicking here.
Find out more about the Science Museum's role and their team by clicking here.