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  • Global Soundscapes: Mission to Record the Earth: Summative Evaluation of Interactive Theater Show + YELL Activities
    Date: 06/11/2017
    Resource Category: Summative
    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 analyzes sounds over time in different ecosystems around the world. The major ... »
  • Extreme Plants Travelling Side Show Program Evaluation
    Date: 05/01/2017
    Resource Category: Summative
    The Extreme Plants Traveling Sideshow is a theatre piece performed at the Natural History Museum of Utah in relation to the special exhibition, The Power of Poison. While NHMU has a history of Museum Theatre performances, this was the first to be performed since its move to the Rio Tinto Center. The goal of this evaluation was to understand the ... »
  • Summative Evaluation: Fusion Science Theater National Training and Dissemination Program
    Date: 06/30/2015
    Resource Category: Summative
    Fusion Science Theater (FST) uses elements of playwriting to make informal science education more engaging as well as educational. FST shows incorporate an overarching scientific question that is asked and then answered by a series of participatory exercises and demonstrations. The shows also use “embedded assessment” of learning, which asks ... »
  • Planet Earth Decision Theater Summative Evaluation
    Date: 01/26/2015
    Resource Category: Summative
    In 2010, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded the Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) an Environmental Literacy Grant for Science Education. Over the course of four years, SMM’s Planet Earth Decision Theater project developed new Science on a Sphere (SOS) programming, films and other scientific visualizations all intended to ... »
  • STEPS Summative Evaluation Report
    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 ... »
  • Marcellus Matters: EASE Community Conversations Formative Evaluation
    Date: 12/21/2012
    Resource Category: Formative
    Formative evaluation of one of four pieces of the Marcellus Matters: EASE project. This study examined the effectiveness of two "Community Conversations" theater and dialogue/discussion events at a) communicating natural gas development-related science content and community issues, and b) promoting audience members' openness to dialogue about ... »
  • The Great Immensity: Conveying Science through the Performing Arts. An Assessment
    Date: 08/01/2012
    Resource Category: Summative
    The Great Immensity is a play with music created by the New York-based theater company, The Civilians. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), this production explores humans' relationship to the environment focusing on critical issues of conservation and climate change. It premiered at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre (KC Rep) ... »
  • The Matter of Origins Evaluation Findings
    Date: 09/01/2011
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    Choreographed by Liz Lerman and the Dance Exchange, The Matter of Origins is a contemporary dance exploring historical perspectives and cutting edge physics about our beginnings. In Act One, audience members watch as science concepts are translated into images, music, and dance. Dancers portray ideas such as the complexity of measurement, the ways ... »
  • Planet Earth Decision Theater Live Performance: Formative Evaluation
    Date: 09/01/2011
    Resource Category: Formative
    The Planet Earth Decision Theater (PEDT), funded by NOAA (grant # NA10SEC0080021), will be a major component of the Future Earth exhibition, which opens at the Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM or the Museum) in late October 2011. The theater will operate in two modes: a facilitated show with live actors and an audience response system to engage ... »
  • Suitcase Science
    Date: 06/01/2011
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    Suitcase Science is a community-inspired theatre program and exhibit that highlights many scientific disciplines, including anthropology, biology, chemistry, geology, sociology and material culture. Its development was funded through a Legacy grant from the state of Minnesota. To help generate topics and ideas to include in the Suitcase Science ... »

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