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  • 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 ... »
  • Life on Earth Evaluation Report
    Date: 06/08/2015
    Resource Category: Summative
    Life on Earth is interactive software installed as a museum touchtable exhibit that uses data about over seventy thousand (70,000) species from several databases to help visitors explore and deepen their understanding of biodiversity, evolution and common ancestry, and the history of life on earth (DeepTree/ FloTree). Some installations also ... »
  • Science on the Sphere: Formative Evaluation for Pacific Science Center
    Date: 06/11/2013
    Resource Category: Formative
    This evaluation examines visitor engagement at the “Science On a Sphere” (SOS) exhibit at Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA. Evaluators varied characteristics of the data presentation—such as topic presented, presence of a question prompt, and image rotation—and measured the resulting visitor engagement for each of the different treatments. ... »
  • Scientist is In Summative Evaluation
    Date: 11/15/2012
    Resource Category: Summative
    In August 2012, the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) contracted with Audience Focus (AF), a Maryland-­‐based research and evaluation organization, to evaluate visitors’ experiences with the Scientist Is In program. Specifically, AF was asked to design a comprehensive study that would provide insight into the nature of visitors’ engagement ... »
  • Against All Odds: Rescue at the Chilean Mine, Bilingual Study
    Date: 03/01/2012
    Resource Category: Summative
    This bilingual study for the Against All Odds: Rescue at the Chilean Mine exhibition was conducted by the Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI) for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). The Against All Odds exhibition was a partnership between NMNH, the Chilean Embassy in Washington, DC, and the U.S. State ... »