Cellular Universe Focus Groups

February 25th, 2006 | EVALUATION

The Maryland Science Center has received a SEPA grant to develop an exhibition, intern program and web site focusing on cell biology and stem cell research. The working title of the exhibition is Cellular Universe. The exhibit is intended to serve the following audiences: Families with children age nine and older; School groups (grades four and up); Adults; 9th grade underserved high school students in three local schools and/or community centers. Topics the exhibit will treat include: Structure and function of cells; Stem cells and their potential, the controversy surrounding stem cell research, additional ethical issues involved; The process of clinical trials; Current science research. The Science Center has contracted with Minda Borun, Museum Solutions, to evaluate the exhibition, intern program and website. The first stage of this evaluation, part of the planning process for the exhibit, consists of front-end studies of museum visitors to determine adults' and children's baseline knowledge and preconceptions about cell biology and stem cell research.



Team Members

Minda Borun, Evaluator, Museum Solutions
Maryland Science Center, Contributor


Funding Source: NIH
Award Number: R25RR022737


Access and Inclusion: Low Socioeconomic Status
Audience: Adults | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Evaluators | Families | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Education and learning science | Health and medicine | Life science
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Front-End
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs | Media and Technology | Museum and Science Center Exhibits | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media