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  • Date: 12/01/1996
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    This project is composed of a 1,500 square foot permanent, and traveling exhibit, and a schools program focused on problem- solving, targeted primarily for children in grades 5-8. The exhibit includes a variety of classroom-tested puzzles, interactive computer programs, and hands-on challenge problems. These will enable participants to try and ... »
  • Date: 12/01/1996
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    National Public Radio (NPR) has been awarded a grant of $807,335 in declining amounts over a four year period for production of Science Friday, the weekly two-hour call-in radio show that deals with science topics. Over the four year period, NPR will make an increasingly larger commitment to the total budget of $1,763,768 until they assume total ... »
  • Date: 11/01/1996
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The North Carolina Museum of Life and Science will develop two areas in a new 70 acre outdoor exhibit "BioQuest Woods: Linking Animals and Plans with Interactive Exhibits". This concept is to pair live animals and plants in their natural setting with science center-style interactive exhibits to communicate key ideas in biology and physics. Support ... »
  • Date: 11/01/1996
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This article cites two ways one can approach designing labels in informal learning settings: tie learning style to label design or the Denver Art Museum Approach (bridge the gap between novices and experts and design labels that "make a human connection"). ... »
  • Date: 11/01/1996
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This article discusses the challenge of assessing the readability of labels. Two solutions to this problem are offered and briefly summarized: apply readability formulas to the text or obtain visitor input. ... »
  • Date: 11/01/1996
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This paper discusses attention labels and differentiates between sensory orientation and motivational attention. Studies related to each aspect of attention are included to demonstrate how different variables influence each type of attention. ... »
  • Date: 11/01/1996
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This article discusses how visitors make sense of information from exhibit labels and the variables that influence how visitors comprehend. ... »
  • Date: 11/01/1996
    Resource Category: Formative
    This report presents findings from a formative evaluation of the Becoming American theme and the Choosing Revolution story. Becoming Americans tells how diverse peoples, holding different and sometimes conflicting personal ambitions, evolved into a society that valued both liberty and equality. Becoming Americans is the umbrella theme for several ... »
  • Date: 11/01/1996
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This article summarizes the various factors that can impede or compete with learning from exhibit labels. These impediments include novelty of surroundings, object satiation, competing sights and sounds, lack of orientation, and too much time and effort to get the message. ... »
  • Date: 11/01/1996
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, Stephen Bitgood, of Jacksonville State University, discusses evaluation efforts to assess people's understanding of evolution and to determine what type of messages might be most effective in communicating evolutionary theory. This article focuses on one aspect of their findings--the relationship between attitudes toward evolution ... »

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