Research & Evaluation

Exploring Measurement Stretchability 2010 Formative Evaluation

Report date: February, 2010



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General Description: 

The Science Museum of Minnesota conducted the StretchAbility program on January 25th, and February 1st, 2010, and the Children’s Museum of Houston conducted the program on November 10th, 14th, and 25th, 2009. A total of 20 paired adult and child groups provided feedback through a survey designed to measure their engagement with and comprehension of the activity. After the activity, evaluators targeted participating children 8 or younger who were verbal for the interview, and gave a survey to the child’s parent to complete. Paired surveys were used due to the lower verbal nature of the younger audience; by also collecting data from the children’s parents, the evaluators were able to better assess the young visitors’ possible connection to the story.

Major Findings: 

Stretchability is an offshoot of the popular game “Twister” that physically and mentally engages young children in thinking about and seeing the nanoscale. The pictures on the mat and the use of “nano” as a color begins to familiarize children with a scale that is too small for them to see or imagine.

Type of product(s) studied: 

  • Program

Method(s) of data collection: 

  • interviews
  • surveys


Sarah Cohn
Scott Van Cleave
Al Onkka

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