The impact of our work on Designing for Creativity in Informal Science Learning is defined as the demonstrable contribution that the research makes to society and the economy.
Our first article aims to share our knowledge so far with Informal Science Learning practitioners in Science Centres and Science Museums all over the world. “Designing for Creativity and Innovation in Informal Science Learning” by Rachel Kendal, Jeremy Kendal, Zarja Mursic, Claire Bailey-Ross, Hannah Rudman, Andy Lloyd, and Bethan Ross, has been published in the March/April 2016 edition (Issue 137) of the Informal Learning Review.
The hardware set-up and automated script has already been given kudos by technical community members.
In June 2016, Andy Lloyd and Bethan Ross participated in the annual conference of Ecsite – the European Science Centre Network, in Graz, Austria. Our research was highlighted in two sessions presented by Andy and Beth: “Re-thinking collaboration with scientists” and “Hands-on science workshops: wow-effect vs. real science“, both showing the benefits to STEM practitioners from collaborations like this. You can read the blog about the impact from Ecsite.
In June 2016, we also launched our free pdf guide for anyone who wants to learn How To… Create an Interactive Research Pod:
At the end of June 2016, Dr Hannah Rudman and Dr Claire Bailey-Ross presented at Evolution of Methodologies, a conference attended by 80 participants held at The National Glass Centre. The conference sought to critically interrogate practice-led research methodologies across creative disciplines. Supported by AHRC Northumbria-Sunderland Centre for Doctoral Training in Art and Design, Hannah and Claire discussed “Design Lessons from Life” with the participants.
The team has since been invited to contribute a chapter to a new book to be published by Routledge: ‘Transcending Disciplinarity; Reconnecting Philosophies of Research Design and Methodology in Art and Science’.
In September, Dr Hannah Rudman and Andy Lloyd presented “Embedded in the Exhibit” at ASTC 2016 in Tampa, Florida, the international conference for the Association of Science and Technology Centers. Our work was also mentioned in the opening article of the June 2016 edition of Dimensions, the quarterly glossy magazine of the ASTC community which was given away to all conference participants.
Dr Claire Bailey-Ross presented just a few days later at the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres’ 2016 national conference. She presented a Pecha Kucha about our project to c. 120 attendees. At the end of the year, Dr Rachel Kendal presented at Engage 2016 Conference, in Bristol, run by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement.
Our first poster ‘Simultaneous Human Behaviour Research & Public Engagement in Science Centres’ was presented at The European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association (EHBEA) 2017 Conference, held in Paris, 6-8 April 2017. EHBEA is an interdisciplinary society that supports the activities of European researchers with an interest in evolutionary accounts of human cognition, behaviour and society. The poster can be viewed and downloaded as a PDF. The poster is also being presented at the 2017 Culture Conference at the University of Birmingham, 25-26 May, where innovation in humans and non-humans and innovation’s role for cultural evolution will be the focus .
Our first academic journal paper from the Creative Science at Life research and development project has been published in Educational Action Research, in August 2017. Published by Routledge, the journal is concerned with exploring the dialogue between research and practice in educational settings. The focus of the paper is on the use of participatory action research (PAR) to enable university researchers and Science Centre professionals to co-design Informal Science Learning exhibits that enhance creativity and innovation in young people. We discuss how PAR enabled effective engagement with and creation of enriched knowledge and innovation, in both the academy and science-learning professionals. The added value of PAR and co-production to our project aligns with current calls in academia for a redefining of how societal impact of academic research is considered.
The paper can be read in full and downloaded.