In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world and had a great impact on the global public health. In the post-epidemic era, informing the public about how to understand the relationship between “people and viruses,” how to become a “physical and mentally healthy person,” and how to establish a scientific outlook on health has become a key issue in medical and health science. The “New Popularization of Medical Science” project initiated by the Shanghai Science & Technology Museum (SSTM), through cross-border cooperation between “Museums and Hospitals,” uses online and offline platforms to carry out a series of medical science popularization activities around a certain medical theme every month, so as to help the public increase medical knowledge and establish a scientific outlook on health
3D printing is an important part of the Industry 4.0 era. The 3D Printing Maker Classroom combines interesting scientific themes with 3D printing, and cultivates students’ future-oriented abilities such as design and computer operation in entertaining activities. There are 18 themes including airplane model, seal design, gyro warrior, rocket engineer, logo designer, printer assembly, Chinese zodiacs, gear set, etc., and events for holidays with special holiday themes.
Nature Exploration Course does not stick to traditional teaching methods, but adopts rich, cross-interactive learning methods such as observation records, hands-on experiments, theme demonstrations, role playing, discussion and dialogue. The teaching content covers topics such as worms, ecology, plants, astronomy, geology, humanities, evolution, paleontology, birds, etc.
“Nature Hands On” is an educational brand that integrates creative theme activities, books, and resource packs featuring “DIY.” At present, a series of DIY activities with themes on plants, animals, rocks and minerals have been developed. Participants can complete a piece of work that is of their own, original, personalized and combines scientific knowledge and artistic creation. There are now a set of “Nature Hands On” DIY series books (30 volumes) has been published, and 5 resource packs of “Nature Hands On” (upgraded version) have been released.
There are currently 11 resource packs with three themes of “Rocks and Minerals,” “A Glimpse of Nature” and “Exploring Fossils.” Teenagers can independently observe and record specimens according to the instruction manual for comparison, analysis and summary, which is suitable for youngsters who love to observe, collect and think.
“Yeah kids” is an original educational brand created by the Shanghai Natural History Museum for children aged 3-6 and their families. Through six activities such as inquiry courses, fun learning, performance shows, parent-child interactive exhibitions, themed visit routes, and outdoor experiences, children can experience the joy of nature, have unforgettable natural experiences, and develop natural intelligence. At the same time, projects for parent project are developed to provide “education guides” for parents of children aged 3-6 through education manuals, parent manuals, and parent workshops.
How are fossils excavated? How do paleontologists work? In the fossil excavation area, you can discover the fossil models of Jehol Group in western Liaoning and Shanwang Fauna in Shandong, experience the hardships of field work and the joy of archaeological discoveries through the comparison and identification of pictures.
This is an exploratory activity in the exhibition area specially designed for those who are over 16 years old and dare to challenge. Participants can complete tasks in collaboration with their team with the help of prompts, get the final victory, and win the Medal of Master. Each event has a specific theme.
To improve the scientific literacy of the public, arouse the public’s interest in natural science, and at the same time provide a popular science promotion platform for the scientists to transform their research results into social resources, the Shanghai Natural History Museum specially plans the “Meet the Scientist” activity. By regularly organizing activities such as “Scientist Explanation Training,” “Science Fair” and “Micro Lectures,” scientists are invited to present their cutting-edge scientific research and scientific stories to curious visitors, building a bridge between scientists and the public. .
“Nautilus Inside Story“ is an education program that “reveals the secrets,” showing to the public the inside stories that happened in the Shanghai Natural History Museum through scientific short videos, online interactive communities and offline educational activities, presenting the scientific research trends and latest discoveries of museum’s professionals.
Let’s chat! Here, we choose different science education themes every week to have in-depth exchanges with educators around a certain topic. Visitors can touch specimens, participate in experiments, and have conversations with professionals to deepen their understanding of the exhibition.
Nautilus Auditorium is a popular science lecture for general visitors. It invites experts from various fields at home and abroad to share and exchange knowledge and experience related to nature in the form of “keynote speech + interaction with visitors.” Its sub-series “New Issues Salon” focuses on social hot spots and cutting-edge science, and “Shanghai Stories” series tells the unique geo-culture from the perspective of natural geography.
The “Find nature” activity encourages the public to walk into nature, record nature, and collect nature by building an interactive platform for nature lovers, popular science masters, and scientists. The activities have been held since 2016, with the themes of “Four Seasons,” “Talk about Nature in Shanghai,” “Home of All,” and “Buzzing and Chirping of Worms at Night.” Starting in 2019, the project has gradually formed a public activity featuring “outdoor activities, online connections, expert involvement, and public participation,” and a new model of “science with public participation.” Through the exclusive online platform, let’s tell us about the nature in your eyes, display your collection, and talk about your memories and stories of nature. If your “Find Nature treasure box” is selected, you will have the opportunity to exhibit it in the Shanghai Natural History Museum and share your “treasure” with everyone!
Since 2017, around May 18 (International Museum Day), the Shanghai Natural History Museum always holds night specials to plan themed performances, night visits to the museum, natural handicraft workshops and other open activities, and recruits or invites visitors to participate. The themes over the years are: “Summer Night Forest,” “ Exhibition of Dinosaurs,” “Exhibition of Birds,” and “The Journey of an Anchovy Whale.”
Nautilus training camp is a series of themed courses launched mainly in the winter and summer vacations. It integrates the essence of the various courses of the Shanghai Natural History Museum, including beginner courses, intermediate courses and advanced courses, suitable for teens that have a strong interest in a certain field.
The acceleration of urbanization makes it impossible for many children to experience the flowers, birds, fish and insects in nature. Here, children can experience the freshwater ecosystem, marine ecosystem, and touch some animals and plants in the Butterfly Room. Activities: Freshwater Pool, Seawater Pool, Touch! Touch!, Butterfly Room.
The content of “Field trip” includes “theme field activities,” “open field activities in exhibition areas,” “training consultation for field research teaches,” providing more flexible and diverse choices for research groups of different purposes, on different scales and with different learning abilities.
With its scientific research, collections, exhibitions, and educational resources, the museum cooperates with the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality and other departments to carry out research projects for middle school students in Shanghai, such as the “Beneficial Micro-projects in the Library,” “Shanghai Youth Scientific Innovation Practice Workstation” projects, etc.
With a scientific think tank composed of school teachers, museum educators, and subject experts, by allowing the primary and middle school students in Shanghai to participate in a set of systematic and orderly courses and activities such as theoretical training, field visits, group cooperation and on-site exhibitions and performances, this activity enables the youth to experience curators, experimenters, ecological investigators, and other occupations related to the Shanghai Natural History Museum.
Through venue observations, activity experiences, expert lectures, curriculum design seminars and other forms, the Teacher Professional Training Seminar helps teachers familiarize themselves with the exhibition educational resources of the Shanghai Natural History Museum and jointly discuss strategies for organizing students to carry out learning in an informal educational environment. The Seminar has a total of 20 class hours.
Topic Tour is a “professional,” “experience” and “diversified” science education activity targeting visitors with different visiting needs. With specific natural science topic as a clue, the Topic Tour leads the visitors to experience nature from a professional perspective. With the help of interactive experience exhibition items, it guides the visitors to explore the secrets of nature at a close distance and in a fun-filled way. It aims at inheriting the “seed spirit” and offering accessible assistance to serve visitors at different levels and allow everyone to experience the beauty of nature.
In 2019, the SSTM launched a new brand project "Meet Scientists @ SSTM." Every month, the SSTM invites a scientist who was born in the same month and has made outstanding contributions to science. In that same month, the SSTM organizes educational activities focusing on the scientist's research field, and showcases the scientist's charisma, scientific spirit, achievements in scientific research and scientific concepts.
By digging into the science behind the exhibits, interactive programs are displayed to the public through a “train” in the exhibition hall; the aim is to inspire people to conduct experiments and observe the scientific phenomena to know the principles behind them. Eight themes are available, including “Colorful Gems”, “Visual Illusion” and “Magical Circuit”.
Unlike the traditional teaching mode, a scientific show will present the scientific principles. The public is able to see the show as well as be in the show to feel the charm in a closer place. Fourteen topics are now available, including “the Power of Structure”, “Voice and Music” and “Secret for a Polar Bear to Keep Warm”.
Scientific experts or folk scholars lead the tour in the museum and throw further light on certain exhibits. Lectures and interactive events will be held to discuss popular scientific topics. Two public themed lectures will be held every month, like “Unlock the Space Station” and “Looking into the Amazing Brain” etc..
Cross-subject courses base on the museum’s scientific contents and focus on life scenarios. It aims to cultivate students’ ability to innovate and solve problems. Ten courses are now available, including “DNA Necklace”, “Machine Intelligence” and “Bridge Engineer”.
The series of hands-on courses include “WEDO2.0 Robot”, “First Step for Robot Design”, “Get Creative with Lego”, “Space Exploration” and “Science and Technology” etc.. Through exploration, cooperation, creation and sharing, the workshop is set to interest students in science, engineering and mechanics.
Presented by the Shanghai Science & Technology Museum and Agilent Technologies, the lab now has eight explorative courses to inspire students’ curiosity for life and interest for science. The courses include Little CSI Detective, Newton Automobile, the Invisible Power and Sundial etc..
Based on Apple’s Swift language and Swift Playgrounds, the courses, such as How an app is produced, Exploration into Face ID and Program for Dash robot are available to fuel teenagers’ interest in programming and cultivate their logical thinking. The aim is “Everyone Can Code”