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  • Cyberchase Museum Outreach Initiative Needs Assessment - FULL REPORT
    Date: 12/20/2004
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    WNET planned an initiative to involve museums in the outreach associated with Season V of Cyberchase. A written feedback survey gathered information from 32 museums as to their current practices and recommendations with respect to museum kits, discovery carts, discovery boxes, video screenings and educational computer games. The goal of the survey ... »
  • Summative Evaluation of the Science Museum of Minnesota's Big Back Yard
    Date: 12/06/2004
    Resource Category: Research and Evaluation Instruments
    This report presents the findings of the summative evaluation of the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Big Back Yard (BBY), with a specific focus on Earthscapes Miniature Golf. Mary McEathron, Amy Grack, and Stacey Grimes, graduate students in the Evaluation Studies program at the University of Minnesota, carried out the evaluation during the summer ... »
  • Formative Evaluation of Cyberchase The Quest Prototype - FULL REPORT
    Date: 12/04/2004
    Resource Category: Formative
    During two independent half-hour sessions, eight third graders from a Long Island elementary school were observed individually while playing a prototype of the Cyberchase immersive online game, The Quest. Cyberchase is the Emmy Award-winning mathematics series and website on PBS KIDS GO! using broadcast, web, new media and educational outreach to ... »
  • Moneyville, A Summative Evaluation Report
    Date: 12/01/2004
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    From the fall of 2000 through the fall of 2004, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) received funding from the National Science Foundation to create a math-based exhibit for school-aged children and their families. The end result was Moneyville, a colorful and inviting traveling exhibition offered in two configurations - the original ... »
  • Dinosaurs and More School Tour: Findings from Questionnaires, Interviews and Observations
    Date: 12/01/2004
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    SUMMARY The Peabody Museum at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut contracted Randi Korn & Associates, Inc. (RK&A) to evaluate the Dinosaurs and More school tour. In the spring of 2004, RK&A surveyed second grade teacher and student samples, including: 27 pre-tour teacher questionnaires, 519 pre-tour student questionnaires, 24 ... »
  • Season One Evaluation: PEEP Television Series Final Report
    Date: 12/01/2004
    Resource Category: Summative
    In this Summative Evaluation, Goodman Research Group, Inc. found that PEEP effectively models science inquiry skills, including predicting, observing, and problem solving. Children who were exposed to PEEP interacted with materials in ways that were significantly more grounded in science inquiry than children who were not. By a margin of 71% to 22 ... »
  • Peep and the Big Wide World: Season 1 Evaluation Report
    Date: 12/01/2004
    Resource Category: Summative
    Goodman Research Group, Inc. (GRG), an evaluation research firm specializing in the evaluation of educational programs, services, and materials, is conducting an evaluation of PEEP and the Big Wide World (PEEP). The primary focus of the evaluation is to assess PEEP's appeal and the extent to which the various components of PEEP (e.g., television ... »
  • Sugar from the Sun Front-End Evaluation
    Date: 11/01/2004
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is developing Sugar from the Sun, a project consisting of a 5,400-square-foot exhibition intended to help children and their families explore photosynthesis. This immersive exhibition will use real plants to delve into the process that plants use to manufacture sugar (food energy) from the sun (light energy ... »
  • Front-end Research for Current Science Exhibits
    Date: 10/01/2004
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    Concept planning studies ("front-end" studies) are useful in finding out "where the audience is starting from" in their perceptions of particular subjects, themes or messages to be communicated in upcoming exhibitions. In this case, the exhibition team needed some clarifications about visitors' awareness, interests, and other perceptions of ' ... »
  • Tissues of Life: Exhibition Summative Evaluation
    Date: 10/01/2004
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    Randi Korn & Associates, Inc. (RK&A) was contracted by the Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) to evaluate Tissues of Life, an exhibition funded by the National Institutes of Health. Data collection took place at the SMM in July and August 2004. The evaluation documents the impact and effectiveness of the exhibition through timing and ... »

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