Jodrell Bank Observatory is the UK’s latest and 32nd UNESCO World Heritage Site, and an icon for British science and engineering. For the last 75 years, the pioneering scientists and researchers at this globally significant site have been at the forefront of humanity’s quest for understanding, and at the heart of ground-breaking discoveries and world-leading research.
Jodrell Bank is also a national centre for excellence in public engagement and its multi-award winning Discovery Centre prides itself on delivering an important programme of educational services and participatory opportunities to a wide range of people and communities.
Through the Discovery Centre’s commitment to inspire others with the science and stories of this important site, they were able to launch a brand new programme of online engagement within just two days of closing. The result is Science Learning at Home, a virtual hub of online resources, activities, challenges and engagement opportunities available for all ages.
They have seen over 70,000 page views on their website since launch and nearly 20,000 engagements on social media. Themes range from Stargazing to World Heritage, content from talks and lectures to hands-on worksheets, and activities from photography challenges to Citizen Science projects. They continue to grow Science Learning at Home, creating and releasing new materials on a regular basis.
These have been unprecedented times, but innovation and public engagement is, and always has been, the Jodrell Bank way and they have embraced the opportunity to pioneer new approaches.
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