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  • Date: 12/01/2001
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Two important content areas associated with informal environmental science programs are ecology/natural science topics and awareness of environmental problems/issues. This study attempted to evaluate which of these content areas may provide a more optimum learning experience. A quantitative analysis was conducted on two field trips to a science ... »
  • Date: 12/01/2001
    Resource Category: Summative
    A pilot study of five episodes in the Cyberchase series was conducted in late Fall 2001. The study was designed to assess the broad educational value, impact and appeal of the series, and to pilot the approach and instrumentation for a more extensive study in the spring of 2002. The study included more than 450 children and 20 teachers. Cyberchase ... »
  • Date: 12/01/2001
    Resource Category: Report
    In our efforts to sustain U.S. productivity and economic strength, underrepresented minorities (URM) (for the purpose of this paper defined as persons of African American, Hispanic American, and Native American racial/ethnic descent), provide an untapped reservoir of talent that could be used to fill technical jobs. Over the past 25 years, ... »
  • Date: 12/01/2001
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    There has been little work done on the early experiences of children looking at plant exhibits in botanical gardens. This project, a parallel study to one carried out in zoos, sought to establish what the groups talked about and whether there were differences in content when adults were present and between single sex and mixed groups. The ... »
  • Date: 11/28/2001
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    This report summarizes a front-end evaluation of visitors' interest in and knowledge about invasive species. The evaluation was done to inform the Florida Aquarium (FLAQ) exhibit team about visitors' entry-level understanding of the concept, to give the team ideas for ways to connect with visitors' interests in the topic, and to communicate the ... »
  • Date: 11/10/2001
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    This creative project pairs grandparents or other senior citizens with children in grades K-7 for an intergenerational hands-on SMT program. The OASIS institute, which has a large national membership of adults 55 and older with centers based in 25 cities across the US, is the source of adults. Twenty intergenerational modules will be developed ... »
  • Date: 11/01/2001
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Rob Semper, executive associate director at the Exploratorium, discusses the potential of the Internet to support an online museum expeience. Using his experience at the Exploratorium, Semper describes the opportunities and challenges associated with designing online content. Included are internet demographics and use statistics. ... »
  • Date: 11/01/2001
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Current accounts of the development of scientific reasoning focus on individual children's ability to coordinate the collection and evaluation of evidence with the creation of theories to explain the evidence. This observational study of parent–child interactions in a children's museum demonstrated that parents shape and support children's ... »
  • Date: 10/10/2001
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    ScienCentral, with major support from NSF, has been developing and distributing short science stories for inclusion in local ABC news broadcasts. They are now developing a plan, in cooperation with NBC News Channel, to produce stories about cutting edge research to be carried on local NBC stations during their local news broadcasts. During this ... »
  • Date: 10/10/2001
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    EarthTalk Incorporated is producing and distributing 282 "Edge of Discovery" radio programs. Each of the 90-second programs will explore an area of on-going research and will feature "actualities" or recorded voices of scientists explaining their work. The programs will be carried on 700+ public and commercial radio stations. The broadcast ... »

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