About

Welcome to the unique world of Antenna – a fully integrated gallery and website that explores the latest news in science, technology, medicine, the environment and innovation.

Science news can be exhilarating, scary, fascinating and just plain entertaining. With Antenna you can witness the breakthroughs, discuss their implications and share stories with your friends.

We don’t just give you our take on a story, we interview experts with different viewpoints and we’ve created a community space where you can share your thoughts through comments, polls and emotional responses.

Comments made on the web will be displayed on gallery and vice versa, so wherever you are in the world you can be a part of the conversation.

Visit the Antenna gallery in the Science Museum to see the remarkable objects that we showcase online. We also run in-gallery events that bring you face to face with ground-breaking technology and inventions, and give you the chance to chat to experts and voice your views on the contentious stuff that science throws up.

As well as quick-turnaround news stories, Antenna also develops in-depth feature exhibitions on hot topics, with a five-month life span. Our current feature exhibition is Trash Fashion: designing out waste – which investigates how the latest design and technology will help to create wear without waste and what we all can do to reduce the impact of throwaway fashion.

To keep up with the latest news and what everyone’s talking about follow us on Twitter.

Antenna for Teachers

The Antenna website is a fantastic teaching resource that brings you up-to-date news and issues from the fields of science, technology, environment, innovation and medicine to support the secondary science curriculum, in particular How Science Works.

Antenna will show your students that current science is exciting, entertaining and relevant to them. It will help them develop the skills and confidence they need to voice their opinions on current science by highlighting how it will affect their lives now and in the future.

The website is constantly updated and suitable for students aged 11 and over. It can be used as a homework or class research tool to help keep you and your students up to date with the latest science news and issues.

The website is divided up into the following areas:

News

Short summaries of the latest scientific breakthroughs and weird and wonderful tales from the world of science.

Insights

A closer look at hot topics and issues with a particular emphasis on encouraging dialogue between our visitors, the experts and the Antenna team. You can use Insights to introduce a topic and then start a discussion in your classroom.

Find Insights under Science Now, Environment Now, Medicine Now, Innovation Now and Technology Now. Insights are indicated with a thought bubble. New Insights appear on the homepage and in Latest News. Make sure you click ‘Full story’ to see all the Insight has to offer.

Each insight comprises of:

60 Second Interview – this gives students the opportunity to hear about cutting edge research direct from the horse’s mouth – the scientist – and be inspired by their work. Each reveals a career linked to science.

Points of view – a variety of expert voices add insight and different perspectives enabling students to explore the applications and implications of the issue. It will challenge students’ own opinions while exploring those of others, illustrating that science isn’t black and white.

Insights are bought to life with images, video and audio which can be used to introduce the topic. You can challenge your students to try the quiz or use the poll to quickly gauge the overall opinion of the class.

When students enter their comments on the website they may also appear on gallery in the Science Museum!

Feature Exhibition

An in-depth investigation of new science and technology related to a real-life contemporary issue. Our current feature is Trash Fashion: designing out waste, which considers the problems associated with ‘throwaway fashion’. Content in the gallery and on the website will help students explore how scientific innovations can make the fashion industry more eco-friendly; and it will also help them think about what they can do to minimise waste.

Trash Fashion: designing out waste

Wear without waste
This section covers three major areas where science could help make fashion less wasteful: making renewable, biodegradeable materials (Material desires), waste-free approaches to pattern cutting (Cut it out) and finding alternatives to harmful dyes and chemicals (To dye for).

There is a short (2min) video to accompany each of the three subject areas. Each video goes behind the scenes to show scientists and designers working together to create innovative clothes that reduce waste from fashion.

- BioCouture shows how a jelly-like substance grown by bacteria could be a biodegradeable fabric for the future. The project brings together fashion design, green chemistry and synthetic biology.(Material desires)

- Knit to Fit shows how 3D body scanning and 3D knitting technology could lead to a new era of ‘mass customised’ clothing.(Cut it out)

- Hot Look shows how advanced laser technology is used to create and pattern fully recyclable clothes. (To dye for)

Worn out – what next?

Trash Track
Where do old clothes go when they die? Students can find out by tracing the fate of five items of old clothing that were electronically tagged and then thrown away, recycled or donated around London.

Refashioned Gallery
Encourage students to save money and prevent waste by getting creative and ‘refashioning’ their old clothes to make new ones. Get them to take a look at our Refashioned Gallery for ideas and then upload their own designs. Their photo could feature in a computer display at the Trash Fashion exhibition, and their outfit could even earn its very own space in the exhibition. From July 2010 until early 2011, we’ll be inviting the public’s favourite refashioned clothes to be exhibited at the museum.

You and your students can follow Antenna on Twitter too.

Visit the The Science Museum’s Talk Science website for more techniques and resources for running classroom discussions around science news.

Contact us

Email us at Antenna@sciencemuseum.org.uk

Find us on Twitter

Or write to us at:

Antenna Team

Science Museum

Exhibition Road

London

SW7 2DD