Once a month the science museum doors are opened in an evening to an over 18 audience, where 3-4,000 people regularly attend. The theme on the 26th August was childhood and the pPOD team were invited to talk about the importance of early parent-infant relationships and attachment.
There was an exciting buzz in the office a few days ahead of the event where the team unleashed their creative side making props for our drop-in stall. We covered some of the early attachment studies, including:
- A pin-the-tail-on-the donkey style poster interaction, where members of the public were asked to choose the features on a baby's face which they thought babies use to help form attachments (it’s all of them – the eyes, ears, nose and mouth).
There was a fantastic atmosphere across all of the events at the science museum, including Paul Ramchandani’s talk on ‘First love: do early parent-infant interactions shape our future?’ where we saw the importance of how caregivers notice, respond and anticipate cues from their infants and how this influences parent-infant attachments.
This was an amazing opportunity to be involved with such an event at the science museum and we particularly liked how the evening was set up with a huge variety of talks, stalls, workshops and activities, linked by the central theme of childhood and displayed throughout the museum – including being taken back to our own childhood with the giant games in the flight room. We look forward to exploring other lates events.