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As Honorary Fellow at Durham University, our multidisciplinary academic team is running a research and development project with a Science Centre in Newcastle, the International Centre for Life. We are investigating whether engagement with science improves when innovation and creativity is at the heart of science education.
In order to test this, Durham University’s researchers have worked with practitioners from the Centre for Life and with designers to form a multi-disciplinary team to co-produce exhibits, which enhance creativity, innovation and scientific thinking. Together, we have iteratively developed a new exhibit pod – specifically to encourage creativity and innovation, and to allow the research team to measure it. The Interactive Research Pod hosting the experiments is on the floor in the Brain Zone, a new gallery at the Centre.
Our first academic journal paper about using co-design and participatory action research approaches to develop the Pod and experiments has been published in Educational Action Research, and is available online open access for reading in full and downloading.
The Chair of the Wellcome Trust, Baroness Manningham-Buller visited the exhibit pod, and spoke to the Design for Creativity and Innovation in Informal Science Learning team of academic researchers and science centre practitioners. The team explained to the Baroness about the live science experiments we are undertaking with it, and the research outcomes we might see. The Baroness officially opened the Brain Zone gallery at the Centre for Life, where the exhibit pod is hosted amongst other exhibits that engage people with exploring how our brains work.
The Brain Zone has had input from practitioners and designers, and also from from a wide-range of scientists and researchers, from neuroscientists to psychologists. However, our multidisciplinary team of academics from Durham University broadened out the disciplines represented to include anthropology, digital humanities, and computer scientists (Dr Hannah Rudman is Honorary Fellow at Durham University, and brings the computer science discipline of information systems to the team, as well as her design thinking and participatory action research methods).
You can read more about the scope of the Design for Creativity and Innovation in Informal Science Learning research project at Creativescienceatlife.com, or continue reading about the launch of the exhibit pod.
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Head over to the Centre for Life in Newcastle UK’s blog to read about Rudman Consulting’s latest research work.
Undertaken with anthropologists and digital humanities experts at Durham University, and practitioners from the Centre for Life, Hannah Rudman has introduced participatory action research methods and design processes to a novel project funded by the ESRC.
Together, we are developing novel exhibits that will be experiments that encourage creativity and innovation. We are investigating whether encouraging more creative and innovative forms of enquiry increases engagement with science.
Hannah is also introducing information systems to be digital research tools for collecting data about people’s activity with the exhibits, and for simultaneously gathering ethical consent. Hannah has been awarded Honorary Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Durham University for her work on the project.