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  • Date: 12/29/2006
    Resource Category: Formative
    In 2006, the Science Museum of Minnesota carried out a formative evaluation of the traveling exhibition, Disease Detectives. Disease Detectives features an immersive environment where visitors investigate a case by meeting a patient (an interactive mannequin), interpreting lab tests, and exploring specific environments to learn more about disease ... »
  • Date: 12/21/2006
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This article presents some of the challenges faced in developing an interactive exhibit on nanoscience and nanotechnology in Brazil. Presenting a scientific-technological area which is still in formation and which is little known by the population leads to a (re)consideration of the role of museums and science centers in the conformation and ... »
  • Date: 12/21/2006
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    An effective communication of astronomy cannot take place without considering the view the general public has on the universe. Through a number of narrative interviews with non-experts, a research was carried out on personal cosmologies, to outline the public’s heterogeneous astronomical imagery. The result is a bundle of conceptions, perceptions ... »
  • Date: 12/07/2006
    Resource Category: Summative
    Talk of the Nation: Science Friday is a weekly two-hour listener call-in talk show devoted to the understanding of complex scientific topics and methods. The series is hosted by science correspondent Ira Flatow. With support from the National Science Foundation, Multimedia Research presents the second study of a two-part summative evaluation on ... »
  • Date: 12/01/2006
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    CitSci.org is a website supporting citizens who monitor invasive species. CitSci.org provides a mapping program that allows citizens, school groups, and professionals to enter invasive species observations into a global database. The observations are then used for natural resource management, scientific studies, and environmental education. CitSci ... »
  • Date: 12/01/2006
    Resource Category: Research and Evaluation Instruments
    A three-pronged summative evaluation of the San Francisco Zoo's new African Savanna exhibit shows it to be very well received by visitors and successful at meeting key affective and cognitive goals. Visitors to this exhibit, especially those who attend a giraffe feeding, enthusiastically demonstrate admiration and wonder towards wildlife, ... »
  • Date: 12/01/2006
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This study investigated visitors' and staff's perceptions about the communication of science in a traditional natural history museum. The research examined the science-related outcomes for adult visitors and explored visitors' and staff's ideas of science and how it is portrayed at the museum. ... »
  • Date: 11/15/2006
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Jeffrey Kirsch, executive director of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and chair of the IGLO Education Committee, and Erik Jacquemyn, CEO of Technopolis and ASTC board member, who together co-chair ASTC's International Advisory Board, explain the emergence of a network of partners known as IGLO (International action on GLObal ... »
  • Date: 11/01/2006
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    This project proposes using three complementary strategies to engage, inform and inspire large audiences. (1) A national tour called "Stories from a Changing Planet" that will include in-person presentations and hands-on activities by Polar scientists at science centers, museums, libraries and schools across the country. (2) the "HiDef video ... »
  • Date: 11/01/2006
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Silence of the Lands enables participants to annotate and map the soundscape of wild and urban natural environments. Participants can record and collect ambient sounds, create and share individual and collective cartographies, and use them as conversation pieces of a social dialogue on natural quiet. The result is a virtual museum in which natural ... »

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