The Science-MINQ pedagogical framework aims to enhance young visitors’ ability to be “minds-on” while they are “hands-on” with the exhibits. It is a new pedagogical approach for science fieldtrips, exploring the potential of inquiry-based approaches to purposefully frame visitors' multimodal experiences in the science museums and other informal science institutions. The research will facilitate the use of multimodal interactions as a central feature of science centres in a way that will positively contribute to (rather than distract from) the learning experience. In doing so, it will bring pedagogical innovation in informal science settings and offer a new paradigm for the systematic study of multimodal inquiry-based learning in out-of-school contexts.

Working with National Space Centre in Leicester, UK and with strategic advice from a pan-European advisory board, a ‘bank’ of interactive activities will be developed, each of which entails multimodal engagements with exhibits and has a set of learning outputs. Young people will be able to pick and mix components from this bank by using an app that will be designed and developed by the project, which will implement the Science-MINQ pedagogy. The mobile app will offer young people a scaffold for configuring interactive components into personally meaningful rapid inquiries.

Based on a series of field studies to measure the impact of the app on young people's learning in science centres, the Science-MINQ pedagogy will be revised accordingly. In order to optimise alignment of the research with practice in Science Centres a partnership with National Space Centre is at place.

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