On the week of the 19th July The Manchester Museum was taken over by 58 Gifted and Talented Key Stage 3 students from a variety of Manchester schools in order to take part in our Darwin Summer School. This consisted of five days of frenzied activity where participants were split into four groups entrusted with the task of creating a presentation to voice their ideas for our new Animal Life 1 Gallery due to be redeveloped in September to become Living Planet.
The aim of the week was to allow students to explore their personal, learning and thinking skills and create opportunities for them to demonstrate cooperative working, communication and leadership abilities within each group. Prizes were awarded at the end of the week for each group’s “Best Team Player”, their “most improved member” and “the member most deserving of the group mascot”. I’ve never seen anyone so pleased to win a giant cuddly bear!
The skills and abilities developed and nurtured throughout the week were clearly highlighted in their final presentations, which were the best we have ever seen on a Summer School here at The Manchester Museum. From inspirational slogans or mottos and an improvised scene from Dr. Who to a 3D computerised gallery design and a very impactful videos – these students gave us a LOT to consider for the redevelopment.