iSaveSpecies—Great Apes Summative Evaluation Report for the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

March 30th, 2015 | EVALUATION

The iSaveSpecies project, created by Project Dragonfly at Miami University and a consortium of zoos and aquariums, designed and implemented a socially-networked exhibit system to engage family visitors to zoos and aquariums in inquiry and conservation. The first wave of the iSaveSpecies exhibit stations focused on Great Apes, allowing families to conduct research on captive ape populations and to help save wild apes by joining the work of experienced field conservationists. The Pittsburgh Zoo incorporated three touchscreen-based research and action kiosks in or near their gorilla exhibit.

In this report, we describe the impact of the kiosks to engage family visitors in inquiry, STEM, and conservation actions. Findings indicate that visitors who engaged with the iSaveSpecies inquiry kiosks reported they used basic science inquiry skills during their zoo visit, felt more knowledgeable about gorillas (including how to study and protect them), understood conservation efforts, and that the kiosks added value to their visit.

Appendix includes instruments.



Team Members

Mary Ann Wojton, Evaluator, Lifelong Learning Group
Joe E Heimlich, Evaluator, Lifelong Learning Group


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 1010938

Related URLs

Saving Species: Socially-Networked Exhibits for Science Inquiry and Public Action


Audience: Adults | Evaluators | Families | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Ecology | forestry | agriculture | Life science
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Research and Evaluation Instruments | Summative | Survey
Environment Type: Aquarium and Zoo Exhibits | Exhibitions