One of the important aims we set ourselves in opening the pop up shop is to explore the potential of empty shops becoming useful as alternative learning spaces – classrooms to most of us.. And why not? Lots of empty shops are big enough to contain a lab space, or groups of tables for workshops and experiments.
And that is exactly what we did.. the first week of the shop opening included Ada Lovelace Day and we ran workshops for girls only from Hollygirt School; soon after, in Earth Science week, and again after half term, we welcomed pupils from Walter Halls, Dovecote, Rosslyn, Hempshill Hall and Irchester Primary Schools. They all seemed to enjoy the experience – not least I suspect because it was in a completely different learning environment.
Workshops for schools were tailored for the age group and were hands-on and practical.
The selection of photos below show the levels of enjoyment. And it is worth noting that over 30% of scientists say that their love of science came to them at primary school age. Oh, if only we could find a curriculum and ways of exploring it that preserved the innate curiosity of young people.