Public Works for Public Learning: The Golden Gate Bridge Outdoor Exhibition Project

October 1st, 2014 | EVALUATION

While some public works are monumental civil engineering structures like the Eiffel Tower or the Sydney Harbour Bridge, most are commonplace, even invisible, and they are taken for granted. The reason for existence of public works is to provide basic services, but both large and small infrastructure facilities also present opportunities to engage the public in understanding fundamental concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). We review here lessons learned in the National Science Foundation-funded Golden Gate Bridge Outdoor Exhibition project. Using the title of the conference held as part of the project in San Francisco in June, 2012, Public Works for Public Learning, we explore first the opportunities for this type of STEM learning and then the challenges that can arise with such efforts.



Team Members

Michelle Phillips, Author, Inverness Research
David Heil, Author, David Heil Associates
Robert Reitherman, Author, CUREE


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0840185

Related URLs

The Golden Gate Bridge As An Informal Science Education Resource


Audience: Evaluators | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Engineering
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Summative
Environment Type: Conferences | Exhibitions | Media and Technology | Parks | Outdoor | Garden Exhibits | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media