Eclipse from Micronesia Evaluation

September 30th, 2016 | EVALUATION

In March of 2016, the Exploratorium transmitted a live webcast of a total solar eclipse from Woleai, a remote island in the southwestern Pacific. The webcast reached over 1 million viewers. Evaluation reveals effective use of digital media to engage learners in solar science and related STEM content.

Edu, Inc. conducted an external evaluation study that shows clear and consistent evidence of broad distribution of STEM content through multiple online channels, social media, pre-produced videos, and an app for mobile devices. IBM Watson did a deep analysis of tweets on eclipse topics that showed public engagement through a large and active conversation on Twitter on the days before, during, and after the eclipse. NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) and the National Science Foundation Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program jointly funded the project.



Team Members

Douglas Spencer, Author, Edu, Inc.
Sasha Minsky, Author
Jediah Graham, Author


Funding Source: NASA
Funding Program: Science Mission Directorate
Award Number: NNX16AB96A

Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 1548033
Funding Amount: $199,630.00

Related URLs

RAPID: Navigating the Path of Totality: Total Solar Eclipse Live from Micronesia


Access and Inclusion: Asian Communities | English Language Learners | Ethnic | Racial | Hispanic | Latinx Communities | Pacific Islander Communities
Audience: Adults | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Evaluators | General Public | Learning Researchers | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Education and learning science | Space science | Technology
Resource Type: Evaluation | Evaluation Reports | Summative
Environment Type: Media and Technology | Museum and Science Center Programs | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media