Summative Evaluation Study of NanoDays 2014 Events

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Description
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. Authors: Gina Svarovsky, Zdanna Tranby, Chris Cardiel, Ryan Auster, and Marjorie Bequette

Credits

Funding

Developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

Owning institution

Gina Svarovsky, University of Notre Dame

Authors: Gina Svarovsky (University of Notre Dame), Zdanna Tranby (Science Museum of Minnesota), Chris Cardiel (OMSI), Ryan Auster (Museum of Science), and Marjorie Bequette (Science Museum of Minnesota)


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