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  • Date: 08/29/2018
    Resource Category: Research and Evaluation Instruments
    This document contains the following Appendices that provide information for the I/CaLL Community Science Learning study. Appendix A: StreamLines Events Appendix B: StreamLines Events Survey Instrument Appendix C: Art + Science Brainstorm Coding Themes Appendix D: Art + Science Brainstorm Flyer ... »
  • Date: 11/01/2016
    Resource Category: Doctoral Dissertation
    MobiLLab is a mobile science education program designed to awaken young people’s interest in science and technology (S&T). Perceived novelty, or unfamiliarity, has been shown to affect pupils’ educational outcomes at similar out-of-school learning places (OSLePs) such as museums and science centers. A study involved 215 mobiLLab pupils who ... »
  • Date: 10/25/2016
    Resource Category: Summative
    This summative evaluation report details the Broad Implementation of the Living Laboratory model--an initiative to promote partnership between museums and cognitive science researchers in order to promote professional learning and involve the public in scientific research. The evaluation investigated the extent of the dissemination effort’s depth ... »
  • Date: 11/24/2015
    Resource Category: Summative
    Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Science of Sharing project (SoS) was a collaboration between the Exploratorium, the Museum of Life and Science, Dialogue Social Enterprise and The Heroic Imagination Project. SoS included two major components for members of the public to engage with: a permanent collection of interactive, multi-user ... »
  • Date: 06/30/2015
    Resource Category: Summative
    Fusion Science Theater (FST) uses elements of playwriting to make informal science education more engaging as well as educational. FST shows incorporate an overarching scientific question that is asked and then answered by a series of participatory exercises and demonstrations. The shows also use “embedded assessment” of learning, which asks ... »
  • Date: 06/08/2015
    Resource Category: Summative
    Life on Earth is interactive software installed as a museum touchtable exhibit that uses data about over seventy thousand (70,000) species from several databases to help visitors explore and deepen their understanding of biodiversity, evolution and common ancestry, and the history of life on earth (DeepTree/ FloTree). Some installations also ... »
  • Date: 08/25/2014
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    This report summarizes the evaluation findings of the second year of the Science Beyond the Boundaries Early Learners Collaborative (ELC). The three-year project, funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), connects science centers and children’s museums to enhance early learner programming. In Year Two, the ELC brought ... »
  • Date: 03/01/2014
    Resource Category: Coding Schema
    This coding framework was developed to categorize the evaluation reports on informalscience.org. Coding categories and related codes were created to align with key features of evaluation reports and the potential coding needs of the five BISE (Building Informal Science Education) synthesis authors. ... »
  • Date: 09/09/2013
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    This report summarizes the evaluation findings of the first year of the Science Beyond the Boundaries Early Learners Collaborative (ELC). The three-year project, funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), connects science centers and children’s museums to enhance early learner programming. In Year One, the ELC brought ... »
  • Date: 06/11/2013
    Resource Category: Formative
    This evaluation examines visitor engagement at the “Science On a Sphere” (SOS) exhibit at Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA. Evaluators varied characteristics of the data presentation—such as topic presented, presence of a question prompt, and image rotation—and measured the resulting visitor engagement for each of the different treatments. ... »

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