Focus on: STEM at the National Media Museum

Date Posted: 20/08/2014

Pictured: Experience TV - Children in the Production Zone at the National Media Museum.

Subject: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), History
Venue: National Media Museum, Bradford
Key Stages: 1-5

The National Media Museum in Bradford offers a range of educational workshops that delve into the fascinating world of the still and moving image.

The museum is home to national collections of photography, television and cinematography.

It boasts eight floors of interactive galleries, where students can see the first mechanical TV, the first colour film and find out about inventions that have shaped our lives.

Animation and TV advertising

A variety of workshops aimed at KS2 students and above are available - young animators can try their hand at making models to create stop-motion films using Apple computers and mini DV cameras.

Or pupils can take the roles of directors, producers and actors to plan, film and edit their own TV advert for the museum. All the work is then made available on a DVD to take away.

New STEM workshops

Over recent months, the museum’s learning team has also been developing new science-based sessions particularly aimed at KS2 and KS3 classes.

Options cater for KS1 to KS5, to provide a programme packed with cross-curricular learning opportunities focussed around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

The team has taken inspiration from the museum’s 3.5 million objects and artefacts.

These include the world’s earliest surviving photographic negative, the world’s first colour film, and John Logie-Baird’s original mechanical television, as well as the many famous film and TV characters that are on display, from a Dalek to Wallace and Gromit.

Donna Johnson, the museum’s head of learning and participation said: “We have developed a range of learning opportunities for school age children throughout the Key Stages.

“Our activities are linked to the STEM curriculum and they all bring the museum’s incredible subject matter to life in an engaging and interactive way.”

Donna explained that the programme now includes Light, Cameras, Action! an interactive science show all about light, shadows and reflections.

Another session, Wireless Workshop uses paint instead of wires to create an electric circuit to light an LED; and the Science of Sound gives children the opportunity to make and take away their own mini-speakers for an MP3 player.

3D learning

In addition, the IMAX cinema can be a highlight for school visits.

Themes of Science, Geography and History feature, as dinosaurs, Egyptian mummies and solar systems appear in 3D films.

To find out more and to book contact:

0844-856 3799

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