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  • Date: 05/30/2018
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    Supported by the National Science Foundation, the Global Soundscapes! Big Data, Big Screens, Open Ears project employs a variety of informal learning experiences to present the physics of sound and the new science of soundscape ecology. The interdisciplinary science of soundscape ecology analyzes sounds over time in different ecosystems around the ... »
  • Date: 07/01/2017
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    As part of its overall strategy to enhance learning in informal environments, the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program funds innovative research, approaches and resources for use in a variety of settings. The subject of physics and all of its sub-disciplines are becoming more prevalent in the public press as the research results appear ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2009
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Sue Stocklmayer, director of the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at the Australian National University, discusses the Science for Mums program that she developed and facilitated. The six-week biology, chemistry, and physics hands-on course for mothers aims at giving them more confidence in talking about science with ... »
  • Date: 11/01/2007
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Daniel Tan, senior manager, exhibitions, and Sharlene Anthony, senior scientific officer, education, both at the Singapore Science Center, discuss the findings of a research study on the impact of immersive exhibits in promoting cognitive and affective learning outcomes among students. The study focused on two exhibits at the ... »
  • Date: 07/01/2007
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Mikko Myllykoski, experience director at Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre, discusses the challenges, goals, and design strategies associated with their 2005 traveling exhibition called "Music." Myllykoski explains how the acoustic design supports social interaction, play, and cultural exploration. ... »
  • Date: 03/01/2007
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Wendy Sadler, director of Science Made Simple, describes her research of the short- and long-term impact of science shows and the science show, "Music to Your Ears," in particular. Sadler discusses her research methodology, findings, and conclusions about the impact of science shows on museum visitors. ... »
  • Date: 03/01/2007
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, David J. Rhees, executive director of the Bakeen Museum, Minnepolis, Minnesota, describes how they use demonstrations and activities to help visitors explore principles of electricity and stimulate curiosity. The electrical "circle shock" demonstration and "Leyden jar" activity, in particular, make memorable impacts on visitors to ... »
  • Date: 09/01/2006
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Stephen Pompea, astronomer and manager of science education at the National Optical Astronomical Observatory and "Hands-On Optics" (HOO) project director, describes the HOO project, comprised of six modules offered in science centers and after-school programs. The goal of this NSF-funded project is to encourage middle school ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2005
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Elizabeth Romanaux, vice president of marketing at Liberty Science Center, discusses their partnership with the Princeton Center for Complex Materials, an NSF-funded research facility. Reflecting on this collaboration, Romanaux explains how contributions from Princeton scientists enhanced visitor experience with the "Strange ... »
  • Date: 03/15/2003
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Ronen Mir, executive director of SciTech Hands on Museum in Aurora, Illinois and consultant, discusses the appeal of science parks at science centers. Using the Outdoor Science Center at SciTech Hands On Museum as an example, Mir offers suggestions for institutions interested in designing and implementing a science park. This ... »