UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science


Public Engagement: Building Bridges Project - Science Museum 2014

18 July 2014

Melissa Bovis @ Science Museum

Having recently collaborated with the Science Museum in February this year where she hosted a Nanotechnology workshop at the Science Museum’s Lates event, Melissa Bovis, Research Associate, teamed up with the Museum for a second time this month as part of their Building Bridges scheme. 

This is a three-year project set up and run by the Museum that aims to raise students' science literacy and engagement with STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). 

Funded by the BG group, the project invites younger school-aged children from non-fee-paying schools in London boroughs to take part in activities themed around science communication, using the Science Museum’s unique collections to put science in a context that is relevant to the students' lives. 

Melissa introduced and discussed the theme of nanotechnology with the students from which they had to construct a news article deciding whether this scientific research was good or bad for the future.  Having spent two days at the museum and working with four different schools Melissa said, “It was fantastic to see this technology through the eyes of younger students, whose ideas and discussions around this research were totally unique (and at times very amusing!) from when I have presented to older age groups”.

As the final part of this year’s Building Bridges programme, Melissa will be hosting an interactive stall back at the Museum for the one-day Family Event held for all project participants, including their families and teachers on Saturday 12th July 2014.