Executive Summary: Impact of Television Presentation Formats on Understanding DragonflyTV Nano Content

July 24th, 2009 | EVALUATION

Produced by Twin Cities Public Television, St. Paul, MN, DragonflyTV (DFTV) is a weekly television series of half-hour live action shows for 8-12 year olds, distributed by PBS Plus. DFTV features real children engaged in real inquiry-based investigations in and around science centers across America. Six 2009 episodes of DFTV focus on the world of nanoscale science and technology. DFTV Nano highlights science centers and university research labs while applying the DFTV Real Kids Real Science model to communicate basic concepts and the scientific process in nanoscience. The programs were very successful in communicating their main messages of nanoscience. Viewers identified the television presentation formats of onscreen kids doing hands-on activities and the use of models to support content as most effective in helping them learn nanoscience content. Viewers described four production characteristics as helping them learn the best: clear demonstration of relationships, comparisons, procedures and results, showing critical information visually, connection to the content and clear age-appropriate explanations. All viewers concluded that nanotechnology will be very or somewhat important in the future.



Team Members

Barbara Flagg, Author, Multimedia Research
Twin Cities Public Television, Contributor


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL; ENG NNI Special Studies; Nanotechnology Non-Solicitation Science & Engineering Award; RET Supplements
Award Number: 0741749
Funding Amount: 1982391

Related URLs

DragonflyTV GPS: Investigating the Nanoworld


Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Evaluators | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | Engineering | Nature of science | Technology
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Summative
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Media and Technology