KS4: Careers in science

1. Before your visit: science at the Museum

Find out more about the different types of science carried out in the Darwin Centre.

Task: discuss as a class what you already know about natural science.

What do scientists study at the Natural History Museum?

Museum scientists study botany, entomology, palaeontology, zoology and mineralogy. The Botany and Entomology Departments are based in the Darwin Centre.

Have you heard of these types of science?

Don’t worry if you haven't. When you visit the Darwin Centre Cocoon experience you can gather information to use in your mock interview after your visit.

To prepare, look up what botany and entomology mean by searching on our website. 

What type of scientist studies butterflies?

Blanca Huertas is a scientist guide who you will see in the Cocoon experience. She studies butterflies. Does that make her a botanist or an entomologist? 

Check your answer with others in your class. Then check with your teacher. 

Why research insects and plants?

Studying insects and plants is important for understanding biodiversity on Earth. Scientists need to know more about plants and insects to help find solutions for issues such as:

  • growing enough crops
  • climate change
  • human disease caused by parasites.

Next step: choose your role


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