Aratrust’s Half-Term virtual visits to the Science Museum

Mae Jemison, first black woman in space. (1992 NASA)
Horizontal Mill Engine. (Science Museum Group 1903)

During the October half-term we organised three virtual visits to the Science Museum in London for aratrust Young Explorers (children aged 4 – 10) and their parents.

After many years of organising very successful physical visits for this age group to museums, parks of historic and/or environmental importance, and art galleries, our Young Activists (aged 11 – 17) and Young Citizens (aged 18 – 29) decided to organise aratrust’s first virtual visits.

We focused on the Science Museum’s Engineering, Space, and Medical Science & Technology exhibitions including fascinating scientific instruments invented over the ages going back to Ancient Egypt.

The three sessions were planned by our aratrust Young Activists and Young Citizens and presented by two of our Young Activists, with backup from a Young Citizen and a Trustee.

The learning from each session was extended at home with stimulating and explorative learning activities, including research into the achievements of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Air Marshall Padma Bandopadhyay, Mae Jemison, Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole, Robert Lewis Stephenson, Helen Sharman, and Valentina Tereshkova. We are delighted to showcase some of this extension home learning in our Children’s Activities Gallery.

Parents and children gave us some very positive and encouraging feedback and asked aratrust to organise more of these activities and arrange some similar activities for pre-school children.