Executive Summary of the STAR Net Phase 2 Summative Evaluation Report

Date: 
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Resource Type:
Summative | Evaluation Reports
Environment Type: 
Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Resource Centers and Networks, Exhibitions, Library Exhibits
Audience: 
General Public | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators
Discipline: 
Education and learning science | General STEM | Geoscience and geography | Space science | Technology
Access and Inclusion: 
Rural
Organization:
Education Development Center
Description: 

The STAR Library Network Phase 2 (STAR Net) brings inquiry-based STEM learning experiences to public libraries through six traveling exhibits, training for library staff and associated programming for library patrons, and a virtual community of practice for library staff and others interested in bringing STEM programming to libraries. In 2014, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a four-year grant to the Space Science Institute’s (SSI) National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) and its partners—the American Library Association (ALA), the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), the Afterschool Alliance (AA), and Datum—to develop a hands-on learning program for 66 public libraries and their communities.

Education Development Center (EDC) conducted the summative evaluation of STAR Net Phase 2, investigating the implementation of the project and its impact on library staff and patrons. Methods included pre- and post-exhibit surveys administered to staff from each library that hosted the exhibits; patron surveys; exhibit-related circulation records; and site visits to 12 libraries hosting a STAR Net Discover or Explore exhibit, during which patrons and library staff were observed and interviewed.

Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
AISL
Award Number: 
1421427
Funding Amount: 
$3,293,257.00

Team Members

Sarah ArmstrongSarah ArmstrongAuthor
Sheila RodriguezSheila RodriguezEvaluator
Vicky CoulonVicky CoulonEvaluator

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