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  • FIRST Longitudinal Study - Interim Reports
    Date: 04/03/2017
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    The FIRST Longitudinal Study is a multi-year longitudinal study assessing the impacts of FIRST’s afterschool robotics programs on the STEM related interests and educational and career trajectories of program participants. FIRST is one of the nation’s largest after-school robotics programs, serving more than 460,000 youth aged 6-18 annually through ... »
  • Appendix - Art+Science: Broadening Youth Participation in STEM Learning
    Date: 05/16/2016
    Resource Category: Literature Review
    This document contains the appendices and literature review from the report "Art+Science: Broadening Youth Participation in STEM Learning." It includes assessment tools used during the project. ... »
  • Bridging Earth and Mars (BEAM): Program Front-end Evaluation
    Date: 02/24/2015
    Resource Category: Front-End
    The Saint Louis Science Center (SLSC) project Bridging Earth and Mars (BEAM) will engage the general public and children from schools and community groups with the National Aeronautical and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) exploration of Mars through exhibits simulating control of robotic rovers on the surface of Mars as well as related educational ... »
  • Maker Corps 2014 Evaluation Report Executive Summary
    Date: 01/26/2015
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    Our role as external evaluators is to provide Maker Ed and its stakeholders with an outside perspective on two questions. First: How does Maker Corps impact the MCMs and Host Sites that participate and the audiences they serve? Second: In what ways can the Maker Corps program improve to better serve these participants and their audiences? This ... »
  • Maker Corps 2014 Evaluation Report
    Date: 01/26/2015
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    Maker Corps increases the capacity of youth-serving organizations nationwide to engage youth and families in making. Diverse Maker Corps Members expand the current network of makers, mentors, and community leaders poised to lead creative experiences for youth. ( ) In this report of Maker Corps' second year, we ... »
  • Youth Radio’s DO IT! Initiative Summative Evaluation
    Date: 12/16/2014
    Resource Category: Summative
    Rockman et al (REA), a San Francisco-based research and evaluation firm, conducted the external evaluation for Youth Radio's DO IT! program, which was funded by the National Science Foundation. Building upon Youth Radio's previous Science and Technology Program, the DO IT! initiative consisted of three primary components that promoted STEM ( ... »
  • Meaning making through data representation: Construction and Deconstruction
    Date: 11/10/2014
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    To better help museum visitors make sense of large data sets, also called “big data”, this study focuses on what museum visitors felt individual layers of a visual (alone and in combination with other layers) were communicating to them as the visual was constructed or deconstructed layer by layer. A second, smaller study, collected data to better ... »
  • Big Data Insight Needs Sort
    Date: 10/30/2014
    Resource Category: Formative
    To better help museum visitors make sense of large data sets, also called “big data”, this study investigated if there were generalizable ways in which visitors engage with and then make meaning of such data sets. This front-end study was designed to explore if there were different, distinct, and repeatable patterns intuited by individuals as they ... »
  • Sense Making of Big Data: Front-end study on familiarity with terms
    Date: 10/20/2014
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    To better understand how audiences in public spaces, in this case those in a museum setting, relate to and make sense of the phrases “Big Data” and “Data Visualizations”, this study investigated visitors understanding of these terms. This formative study used intercepts; approaching adult visitors and inviting them to participate in a very brief ... »
  • Radiolab: What Curiosity Sounds Like Summative Evaluation
    Date: 10/01/2014
    Resource Category: Summative
    This report summarizes evaluative findings from a project titled “What Curiosity Sounds Like: Discovering, Challenging, and Sharing Scientific Ideas” (a.k.a.: “Discovery Dialogues”). The project, a Full-Scale development project funded by the National Science Foundation as part of its Advancing Informal Science Learning (AISL) program, explored ... »