Summative Study of NanoDays 2014 Events

November 2nd, 2015 | EVALUATION

In the spring of 2014, the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) Public Impacts evaluation team conducted a summative study of NanoDays, a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. In 2014, NanoDays took place from March 29th – April 6th, 2014. The Network’s goals for NanoDays events led to the following summative evaluation questions: 1. What is the projected public reach of NanoDays events in 2014? 2. Are ‘mature’ NanoDays events successful in providing an engaging experience and promoting learning of nano concepts for public audiences, including event attendees and event volunteers? 3. Does volunteering at NanoDays events have other impacts on volunteers, including increased interest in STEM activities/careers and confidence around engaging the public in nano? These questions were answered primarily through in-person survey and interview methods at nine NanoDays events around the country as well as a national, online survey of event volunteers. Includes survey instrument.



Team Members

Gina Navoa Svarovsky, Author, University of Notre Dame
Zdanna King, Author, Science Museum of Minnesota
Christopher Cardiel, Author, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Ryan Auster, Author, Museum of Science, Boston
Marjorie Bequette, Author, Science Museum of Minnesota


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 0532536

Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 0940143

Related URLs

Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network


Audience: General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Engineering | Materials science | Technology
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Research and Evaluation Instruments | Summative | Survey
Environment Type: Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Public Events and Festivals | Public Programs | Resource Centers and Networks