Fostering Active Prolonged Engagement: The Art of Creating APE Exhibits

January 1st, 2005 | RESEARCH

The Exploratorium's Going APE project (APE=Active Prolonged Engagement) developed 30 exhibit designs to encourage visitors to become more cognitively engaged with exhibits--to use exhibits as tools for self-directed exploration, rather than as authoritative demonstrations. To do this, the staff drew on work in the fields of education, visitor research, human factors engineering, computer interface design, and interactive exhibit development at other museums. The project also integrated evaluative research into exhibit development to maximize possibilities for visitor-authored questions, activity, and discovery, or active, prolonged engagement (APE). The result of the project is a book, published by Left Coast Press, of 15 exhibit recipes that document the process and philosophy of the project as well as offer how-to instructions to museums and exhibits designers.


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Team Members

Josh Gutwill, Author, Experience Learning Community


Identifier Type: isbn
Identifier: 0943451590


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0087844
Funding Amount: 1284590

Related URLs
Going APE


Audience: Adults | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Evaluators | Families | General Public | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Parents | Caregivers | Seniors | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Education and learning science | Engineering | General STEM | Physics
Resource Type: Book | Reference Materials
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits