Client: Winchester Science Centre
Start date: September 2019
Expected end date: February 2022
Winchester Science Centre (WSC) is embarking upon a cultural and physical transformation, rethinking traditional exhibition design and how science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) activities are delivered. The aims of the Inspiring Science for All programme are to:
- Transform the visitor experience through a rethink about how the exhibition will support all audiences to be curious and discover STEM
- Widen participation in STEM through understanding and overcoming barriers to participation and creating exciting opportunities to get involved
- Become more financially sustainable through minimising financial risk, creating new income streams and generating a reliable surplus for re-investment
- Change the culture within the organisation and sector through championing science for all, challenging stereotypes and being a benchmark organisation for inclusivity
We are using a collaborative, responsive approach that adapts to learning that emerges as the project develops. We are working closely will the WSC team, including support around data collection and interpretation, to ensure the team has ownership of an evaluation process they can adopt beyond our involvement.
We are supporting the team to review their strategic priorities and have co-developed a Theory of Change model for the programme. We are developing evaluative tools that are inclusive and accessible for all visitors and participants, in partnership with Sarah Bearchell, a specialist in STEM engagement with SEND audiences.
Outputs will include a Theory of Change model, creation of evaluative tools, and written reports.