Summative Evaluation of Einstein’s Big Idea

May 1st, 2006 | EVALUATION

In 2004, WGBH received partial funding from the National Science Foundation to create Einstein's Big Idea, a two-hour docudrama on Einstein and the history of the formula E=mc2. Based on the book E=mc2, A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation by David Bodanis, the program highlights the stories of those who helped develop the key concepts that make up the equation, with a particular focus on how Einstein pulled together these concepts to create E=mc2. Through these stories, Einstein's Big Idea focuses on four themes that served as learning goals for the project. The four themes are: (1) science is a human endeavor, (2) science thrives on the contributions of outsiders, (3) science impacts society, and (4) scientific advances often generate ethical dilemmas.



Team Members

Karen Peterman, Evaluator, Goodman Research Group, Inc.
WGBH, Contributor
Kathryn Franich, Evaluator, Goodman Research Group, Inc.
Irene F Goodman, Evaluator, Goodman Research Group, Inc.


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0407104
Funding Amount: 1200000

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Audience: Evaluators | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: History | policy | law | Mathematics | Nature of science | Physics
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Summative
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Media and Technology