iSaveSpecies—Sustaining Life Summative Evaluation Report for the Oregon Zoo

July 8th, 2016 | 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 second wave of the iSaveSpecies exhibit stations focused on Sustaining Life, allowing families to conduct research and learn about conservation efforts. The Oregon Zoo incorporated three research and/or action-based touchscreen kiosks in their Predators of the Serengeti 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 were somewhat more likely to report that they used basic science inquiry skills during their zoo visit, including listening to calls made by lions and talking with others in their group about what they observed or did. Additionally, visitors who interacted with the kiosks felt it added value to their visit.



Team Members

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