Beyond Spaceship Earth Summative Evaluation Report

December 31st, 2017 | EVALUATION

Beyond Spaceship Earth is a multi-faceted project at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis that includes an immersive permanent exhibit about the International Space Station, the Indianan Astronaut Wall of Fame, the Schaefer Planetarium and Space Object Theater; museum theater and facilitated programs throughout the exhibit; complementary programming for schools and families in the museum's STEMLab; and a freely available unit of study for classroom teachers of 3rd-8th grades. The summative evaluation of the project used qualitative and quantitative methods including timing and tracking, program observations, exit interviews, post-visit/experience surveys, and student product review. The evaluation focused on the primary audiences of families, teachers, and students.



Team Members

Claire Thoma Emmons, Evaluator, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Mary Mauer, Contributor
Rachael Mathews, Contributor


Funding Source: NASA
Funding Program: CP4SMPVC
Award Number: NNX14AD06A

Related URLs

Exhibit webpage
Unit of Study


Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Evaluators | Families | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Summative
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs | Media and Technology | Museum and Science Center Exhibits | Planetarium and Science on a Sphere