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  • Date: 12/01/2001
    Resource Category: Summative
    A pilot study of five episodes in the Cyberchase series was conducted in late Fall 2001. The study was designed to assess the broad educational value, impact and appeal of the series, and to pilot the approach and instrumentation for a more extensive study in the spring of 2002. The study included more than 450 children and 20 teachers. Cyberchase ... »
  • Date: 11/01/2001
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Rob Semper, executive associate director at the Exploratorium, discusses the potential of the Internet to support an online museum expeience. Using his experience at the Exploratorium, Semper describes the opportunities and challenges associated with designing online content. Included are internet demographics and use statistics. ... »
  • Date: 10/10/2001
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    ScienCentral, with major support from NSF, has been developing and distributing short science stories for inclusion in local ABC news broadcasts. They are now developing a plan, in cooperation with NBC News Channel, to produce stories about cutting edge research to be carried on local NBC stations during their local news broadcasts. During this ... »
  • Date: 10/10/2001
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    EarthTalk Incorporated is producing and distributing 282 "Edge of Discovery" radio programs. Each of the 90-second programs will explore an area of on-going research and will feature "actualities" or recorded voices of scientists explaining their work. The programs will be carried on 700+ public and commercial radio stations. The broadcast ... »
  • Date: 10/10/2001
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Self-Reliance Foundation (SRF) will implement a comprehensive three-year project that provides Hispanics with greater access to science resources and increases their participation in informal science activities. The Hispanic National Community Science Festivals Project makes optimal use of radio and print media, as well as the Internet, to ... »
  • Date: 10/01/2001
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    The current world research agenda is comprehensive. The results of many studies and experiments in which scientists are currently engaged will undoubtedly have profound impacts on the lives of citizens in developed and developing nations. Yet few people even know what research is being conducted, much less understand why it is being done and what ... »
  • Date: 09/15/2001
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Exploratorium is testing new methods of using Internet-based programming to increase the public understanding of current scientific research. Exploratorium staff, working with a group of advisors, will assess the current status of projects that focus on conveying information about research. They then will develop and test a prototype website. ... »
  • Date: 09/15/2001
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Exploratorium will develop a series of Internet resources on three popular topics -- cooking, gardening, and making music -- to encourage users in science education activities in relation to daily activities. The three-year project will include the development and testing of resources that explore the science behind these topics, using the ... »
  • Date: 09/15/2001
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    WGBH is conducting research and testing an innovative science magazine television series dedicated to the public understanding of research. The show will present both breaking research news and reports on underlying trends and issues in science. It will also feature stories that follow experiments or lab work over extended periods, profiles of ... »
  • Date: 09/15/2001
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Educational Broadcasting Corporation (WNET) is researching and testing an experimental, short format television broadcast and Web project entitled, "Science InSight." The goal of this experimental research is to determine if short-format television segments can successfully increase Americans' understanding of and interest in new research in ... »

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