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  • Date: 06/26/2015
    Resource Category: Front-End
    WCS launched its electronic field trip program, Distance Learning Expeditions, in 2001 when there was tremendous interest in the educational community in the potential of videoconferencing technology for program delivery, as well as money available for the purchase of related broadcast equipment. The program grew rapidly and was successful through ... »
  • Date: 04/06/2015
    Resource Category: Summative
    Tornado Alley is a giant screen adventure that follows renegade filmmaker Sean Casey and the scientists of VORTEX2, the largest tornado research project ever assembled, on their epic missions to encounter one of Earth’s most awe-inspiring events: the birth of a tornado. Program components included the giant screen film; a Web site; educators’ ... »
  • Date: 01/02/2015
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    This evaluation reports on the Mission: Solar System project, a 2-year project funded by NASA. The goal of the Mission: Solar System was to create a collection of resources that integrates digital media with hands-on science and engineering activities to support kids’ exploration in formal and informal education settings. Our goal in creating the ... »
  • Date: 03/17/2014
    Resource Category: Summative
    A two stage summative evaluation was conducted following the launch of the Mystic Seaport for Educators website, the final output resulting from the IMLS National Leadership grant entitled Mystic E-Port Digital Classroom project. The results of four focus groups, conducted in two phases, found consistent results suggesting that the project was ... »
  • Date: 10/15/2013
    Resource Category: Summative
    This report was completed by the Program Evaluation Research Group at Endicott College in October 2013. It describes the outcomes and impacts of a four-year, NSF-funded project called Go Botany: Integrated Tools to Advance Botanical Learning (grant number 0840186). Go Botany focuses on fostering increased interest in and knowledge of botany among ... »
  • Date: 06/02/2013
    Resource Category: Summative
    Planet Earth Television (PET) created Scientistic!, a television series that focuses on a young girl's scientific investigations of the world around her. The pilot episode, Sticks and Stones, explored bones and how they heal. A website and iPad app were also developed to supplement the program. REA evaluated the impact of the television program, ... »
  • Date: 05/24/2013
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    The purpose of this front-end evaluation study was to inform design decisions about the development of an interactive learning system focusing on Earth and planetary science. The design team was led by the Institute for Scientific Research (ISR), and the project was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The aim of the Advancing Content ... »
  • Date: 05/24/2013
    Resource Category: Summative
    User Experience Research Consulting (UXR) conducted a summative evaluation of the NSF-ISE funded project, STEPS (Science Theater Education Programming System). The STEPS project brought together a network of informal science educators and contractors to create an interactive museum theater authoring and presentation system to increase educational ... »
  • Date: 08/15/2011
    Resource Category: Formative
    This report includes six separate formative evaluations conducted to inform the design and development of the deliverables for the 3D Visualization Tools for Enhancing Awareness, Understanding and Stewardship of Freshwater Ecosystems project. Deliverables were tested with both students and general visitor groups, with a focus on groups including ... »
  • Date: 07/26/2011
    Resource Category: Research and Evaluation Instruments
    One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure (OWOS) is a bi-national, China-US cooperative project to produce and distribute a planetarium show based on popular characters from Sesame Workshop's television productions in each country for preschool- and kindergarten-aged children, as well as accompanying outreach materials for children, parents and ... »

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