Eclipse from Micronesia Evaluation

Date: 
Friday, September 30, 2016
Resource Type:
Summative | Evaluation | Evaluation Reports
Environment Type: 
Media and Technology, Websites, Mobile Apps, and Online Media, Museum and Science Center Programs
Audience: 
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Adults | General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators | Learning Researchers
Discipline: 
Education and learning science | Space science | Technology
Access and Inclusion: 
Ethnic/Racial
Asian Communities
Hispanic/Latinx Communities
Pacific Islander Communities
English Language Learners
Organization:
Edu, Inc.
Description: 

In March of 2016, the Exploratorium transmitted a live webcast of a total solar eclipse from Woleai, a remote island in the southwestern Pacific. The webcast reached over 1 million viewers. Evaluation reveals effective use of digital media to engage learners in solar science and related STEM content.

Edu, Inc. conducted an external evaluation study that shows clear and consistent evidence of broad distribution of STEM content through multiple online channels, social media, pre-produced videos, and an app for mobile devices. IBM Watson did a deep analysis of tweets on eclipse topics that showed public engagement through a large and active conversation on Twitter on the days before, during, and after the eclipse. NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) and the National Science Foundation Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program jointly funded the project.

Funder(s): 
NASA
Funding Program: 
Science Mission Directorate
Award Number: 
NNX16AB96A
Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
AISL
Award Number: 
1548033
Funding Amount: 
$199,630.00

Team Members

Sasha MinskySasha MinskyAuthor
Jediah GrahamJediah GrahamAuthor

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