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  • Date: 12/10/2002
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Ways of Knowing, Inc. is producing two one-hour film documentarties for public television on the origin, nature and history of writing. "The Writing Project" (working title) is about the study of writing as a technology. The goal of the films is to explain how writing systems work and to make people aware of the importance of writing in societies ... »
  • Date: 12/10/2002
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The goal of this Planning Grant is to use program theory as a tool in two informal science education communities and compare the processes and models that result. Program theory is built on the principle that learning and social behavioral change is the result of the cumulative effect of multiple programs, rather than a single experience. The ... »
  • Date: 12/02/2002
    Resource Category: Summative
    This document reports on the first phase of a summative evaluation of Science Friday's expansion to examine the importance of research as a theme underlying all science and technology changes. In this phase of the evaluation, in-depth qualitative discussions concerning public understanding of basic research were held with listeners of Science ... »
  • Date: 12/01/2002
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    The Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) contracted Randi Korn & Associates, Inc. (RK&A) to conduct a summative evaluation of Playing with Time, a traveling exhibition funded by the National Science Foundation. Data collection took place at SMM, the exhibition's first venue, in the spring and summer of 2002. The evaluation documents the scope ... »
  • Date: 12/01/2002
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    This report presents findings from a comprehensive summative evaluation conducted by Randi Korn & Associates, Inc. (RK&A), of Exploring Life on Earth, a National Science Foundation funded exhibition developed by the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM). The evaluation documents the effectiveness of the exhibition and provides recommendations for ... »
  • Date: 12/01/2002
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California at Berkeley will develop the "Real Astronomy Experience (RAE)" in which science center visitors will explore the universe by controlling and viewing robotic telescopes via the Internet; by using image processing software to understand the images they capture; and by capturing images with ... »
  • Date: 11/01/2002
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    The focus of this naturalistic study was to explore the enjoyment and appeal of Cyberchase, and its influence on children attitudes about math, self-confidence about mathematical problem solving, patterns of Website use, mathematical problem solving skills, and content recall. Cyberchase is the Emmy Award-winning mathematics series and website on ... »
  • Date: 11/01/2002
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    As the Cyberchase series gained traction, it became evident that Cyberchase's appeal was not limited to the intended age group. Based in part around its visually appealing animation, its humor, and its characters as well as its after-school and Saturday morning broadcast schedule the program also attracted, and developed a loyal following among, ... »
  • Date: 11/01/2002
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Lee Schmitt, director of SMM Teacher Programs at the Science Museum of Minnesota, discusses the evolution of the teacher professional development at SMM. The article highlights lessons learned over the course of a decade offering learning opportunities for teachers and suggests ways to build successful programs. ... »
  • Date: 10/28/2002
    Resource Category: Front-End
    The Yellowstone Park Foundation is partnering with Yellowstone National Park (YNP) to develop and build a visitor education center at Old Faithful. Selinda Research Associates (SRA) worked with staff from Yellowstone's Division of Interpretation to plan and conduct a front-end evaluation of the exhibits for the new center. The evaluation was ... »

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