The Learning Team here at Dynamic Earth are proud of their work communities. Over the last few years we have been able to support many community groups in their learning, through a range of activities from tailored visits to the attraction to bespoke events and programmes. Science is something we can all be a part of and it can be a powerful tool in everyone’s development.
Our community learning programme is varied and diverse, in the activities as well as the people involved. We have shared success through activities, celebrations and learning journeys as well as taking part in your events out in the community.
We have a dedicated Community Learning Officer who is supported by the wider team. Their job is to coordinate and develop the programme and identify opportunities for partnerships. Meaningful and effective experiences require careful planning, coordination and evaluation so that each group’s journey may take a different and best-suited course. All our projects start with a conversation where we can learn about one another.
Science Capital is a term that describes people’s relationship with science. It provides us with a way of thinking about why and how people might engage with science learning throughout their lives. Engaging with science happens at home, at school and in everyday life and science centres can have a positive influence throughout these spaces
The Community Learning Programme aspires to create tailored activities, events and programmes that support people with low science capital, providing the skills and experiences needed to learn how to make the most of these opportunities.
For more information about Science Capital, please visit https://www.dynamicearth.co.uk/learning/community-programme.
Challenges to Participation...
- The concept of science capital can be imagined like a‘holdall’,or bag,containing all the science-related knowledge, attitudes, experiences and resources that you acquire though life.
- Science centres and museums play an important role in shaping people’s experiences of science and extending their learning beyond school and the home.
- Low science capital can make it hard to engage with science,technology,engineering and maths (STEM) so we aspire to create opportunities that are relevant and accessible to all.
- Accessing learning opportunities can be financially challenging for community groups. Often operating with limited funding staff and transport costs add up,especially with additional support needs to consider. In response to these challenges, we are able to subsidise rates of entry and in some cases transport costs. Speak to us for more details.
- Dynamic Earth can also be a venue for your community group as a space for events and social experiences. We recognise that supporting the wider work of groups is important for learning and development.
- There are physical challenges in visiting Dynamic Earth, accessing the building and moving within it. It is also a multi sensory experience which can be challenging for some.
- An Access Statement out lines the physical accessibility of the building - we are entirely wheelchair accessible.
- The Accessibility Toolkit supports visitors with sensory sensitivities and includes key information about-what happens during a visit, please see https://www.dynamicearth.co.uk/visit/visitor-accessibility.
What We Do
Listen: projects are for and with the community. We need to understand the experiences,desires and abilities of a group.
Assess: continually assess the physical, cultural and social barriers which prevent participation. Adapt and respond to these challenges.
Create: with experienced educators, facilitators and community workers we can design learning experiences that are relevant and meaningful,making full use of Dynamic Earth as a resource.
To ensure the delivery of these objectives we have:
- A live Access Statement outlining the physical accessibility of the building
- Accessibility resources
- A community subsidy to assist with the costs of a visit
- A dedicated Community Learning Officer who develops and delivers learning projects based on the needs and expectations of individual groups.
Project, Events & Visits
The opportunities we create aspire to be inspirational, relevant and build capacity in individuals of all ages.
Some of the ways we engage with community groups are through:
- Subsidised visits
- Tailored workshops: arts and crafts, storytelling, literacy, numeracy, sensory and challenges
- Bespoke programmes: multiple workshops with a focus on student led discovery
- Events: celebration, feedback and discussions, seasonal, social, training
If you are a community group and think you’d like to be part of this please get in touch. You can contact our community learning officer here: email@example.com