Bringing the universe to the street. A preliminary look at informal learning implications for a large-scale nontraditional science outreach project

Date: 
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Resource Type:
Peer-reviewed article | Research Products | Research and Evaluation Instruments | Interview Protocol | Observation Protocol
Environment Type: 
Exhibitions, Museum and Science Center Exhibits, Parks, Outdoor, and Garden Exhibits, Library Exhibits
Audience: 
General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals | Scientists | Evaluators
Discipline: 
Geoscience and geography | Space science
Organization:
NASA
Description: 

“From Earth to the Universe” (FETTU) is a collection of astronomical images that showcase some of the most popular, current views of our Universe. The images, representing the wide variety of astronomical objects known to exist, have so far been exhibited in about 500 locations throughout the world as part of the International Year of Astronomy. In the United States, over 40 FETTU exhibits have occurred in 25 states in such locations as libraries, airports, nature centers, parks and college campuses. Based on preliminary evaluations currently underway, this project – a large-scale, worldwide astronomy outreach in non-traditional locations – has unique opportunities and implications for informal science learning. We present some early findings from the observational section of the exhibit’s formal evaluation in five selected locations in the U.S. and U.K., including emphasis on inter-organizational networking, visitor attention and participant make-up as well as generative aspects of the exhibit.

Citation
ISSN:
1824-2049
Publication Name: 
Journal of Science Communication
Volume: 
9
Number: 
2
Document:

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Megan WatzkeMegan WatzkeAuthor

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