Summative Evaluation: Mysteries of the Unseen World Film

September 4th, 2009 | EVALUATION

Hidden Universe is a multi-faceted project built around production of a 2D/3D giant screen film. The goal is to inspire, engage, and excite viewers about the mysterious worlds hidden around us and the science and technology that reveal them. The film will illuminate natural wonders that are invisible to the naked eye, such as objects and processes that are too slow, too fast, and too small to be seen without advanced technologies. It will include nanoscience and microbiology research and developing wavelength technologies such as ultrafast lasers. The project will employ cutting-edge technology to bring arresting footage of micro- and nanobiology to the giant screen to offer audiences (1) deeper understanding of natural phenomena that comes through observation and (2) greater appreciation of modern technology that makes such observation possible. The film story will focus on demonstrating science as inquiry and underscore the crucial link between scientific inquiry and technological advances. The film project will be enhanced with educational outreach materials, professional development opportunities for educators, and an interactive website. Hidden Universe will be produced by the large format team at National Geographic's Cinema Ventures group and its production partner Blacklight Films. This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant award DRL 0840250.



Team Members

Valerie Knight-Williams, Evaluator, Knight Williams Inc.
Divan Williams, Evaluator, Knight Williams Inc.
Rachael Teel Dobrowolski, Evaluator, Knight Williams Inc.
Gabriel Simmons, Evaluator, Knight Williams Inc.
Sauleh Rahbari, Evaluator, Knight Williams Inc.


Funding Source: NSF
Award Number: 0840250

Related URLs

Hidden Universe: A 3D Giant Screen Film and Outreach Project


Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Evaluators | Families | General Public | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM | Technology
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Summative
Environment Type: Films and IMAX | Media and Technology