As well as being a world-class research centre, the Centre for Life offers endless science-themed fun for children and adults alike – as proven by us enthusiastic undergrads who were itching to get our hands on the exhibitions at the Life Science Centre!
Its aim to inspire the younger generation in all areas of science makes the Centre for Life an important and influential way to engage people from all walks of life with enjoyable and novel ideas. It’s all well and good having intelligent, passionate teachers within primary and secondary schools (although more are desperately needed) but nothing can top hands on experience with stimulating workshops and state of the art exhibits to really get those cogs turning!
Science centres and museums need to be careful not to overload their visitors with too much information. We’ve all been to museums where text and information boards dominate: they make learning feel like hard work!
Helping kids think for themselves is where it’s really at. Tap into some of that curiosity bubbling up inside their young minds. Whether it’s scientific curiosity or not doesn’t really matter, but finding a way to harness their need for understanding is key.
The way that the Centre for Life goes about involving young people in science is fantastic. Their ethos is evident, from the Science Explainers; who work tirelessly to deliver workshops and outreach programmes, to the Science Communication Director; whose passion to promote a place where science can fuel the imagination definitely shines through.