EARTH STORY: Exploratory Research for Visualizations about Geology for a Large-Format Film on the History of the Earth — A Small Grant for Exploratory Research (SGER)

April 10th, 2002 - March 31st, 2004 | PROJECT

The Educational Broadcasting Corporation (WNET) is researching and testing an experimental, short-format television broadcast and Web project entitled "Science InSight." The goal of this experimental research is to determine if short-format television segments can successfully increase Americans' understanding of -- and interest in -- new research in science and technology and, if they can, which of several possible formats is likely to be most successful. During this research and development phase, WNET will test the viability of the project model and develop and refine the model for use in a selected group of media venues such as the forthcoming PBS weekly public affairs program,"Public Square." The specific activities to be undertaken in the research phase include: -assembling an expert board of up to six advisors with expertise in science, science journalism and media; -producing three, experimental, short-format, "program concept" video segments of varying lengths for use as science information pieces in other media programs; -conducting formal and informal testing and evaluation of these test formats for appeal, credibility, clarity and comprehensibility of style and content; and -identifying additional key potential distribution partners from television media, print, Web and science centers outlets.

Project Website(s)

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Team Members

Irwin Shapiro, Principal Investigator, Harvard University


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0211102
Funding Amount: 99999


Audience: General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: General STEM | Technology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Films and IMAX | Media and Technology