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STAR Net Phase 2 Summative Evaluation Report

March 5, 2019 | Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Exhibitions

The STAR Library Network Phase 2 (STAR Net) brings inquiry-based STEM learning experiences to public libraries through six traveling exhibits, training for library staff and associated programming for library patrons, and a virtual community of practice for library staff and others interested in bringing STEM programming to libraries. In 2014, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a four-year grant to the Space Science Institute’s (SSI) National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) and its partners—the American Library Association (ALA), the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), the Afterschool Alliance (AA), and Datum—to develop a hands-on learning program for 66 public libraries and their communities.

Education Development Center (EDC) conducted the summative evaluation of STAR Net Phase 2, investigating the implementation of the project and its impact on library staff and patrons. Methods included pre- and post-exhibit surveys administered to staff from each library that hosted the exhibits; patron surveys; exhibit-related circulation records; and site visits to 12 libraries hosting a STAR Net Discover or Explore exhibit, during which patrons and library staff were observed and interviewed.


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    Education Development Center
  • Sarah Armstrong
    Education Development Center
  • Sheila Rodriguez
    Education Development Center
  • Vicky Coulon
    Education Development Center
  • Citation


    Funding Program: AISL
    Award Number: 1421427
    Funding Amount: $3,293,257.00
    Resource Type: Evaluation Reports
    Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM | Geoscience and geography | Space science | Technology
    Audience: General Public | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators
    Environment Type: Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks | Resource Centers and Networks | Exhibitions | Library Exhibits
    Access and Inclusion: Rural

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