RISE January 2009 Public Communication Internship Formative Evaluation

Date: 
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Resource Type:
Formative | Evaluation Reports
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs, Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Professional Development and Workshops, Informal/Formal Connections, Higher Education Programs
Audience: 
Adults | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators
Discipline: 
Education and learning science | Engineering | Materials science | Technology
Organization:
Museum of Science, Museum of Science, Boston
Description: 

This report provides an overview of the findings from the formative evaluation of the RISE Public Communication Internship conducted at the Museum of Science in January from January 20-23, 2009. The internship was created as a result of a partnership between the Strategic Projects Department at the Museum of Science and the NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center headquartered at Harvard University, and was supported by a sub-award from the Center, to the Museum of Science. The program was overseen by MOS PI Carol Lynn Alpert. The goals for the internship as provided by the intern coordinator, Tim Miller, were as follows: 1. To provide early-career researchers with specific knowledge and skills for the gradual practice and improvement of their capacity for effective science communication and public engagement; 2. To provide enhanced opportunities for science museum audiences to come into direct contact with young and enthusiastic researchers who can also serve as role models for young people considering science careers; 3. To provide science museum staff with access to experts in current research, who may be able to consult on programs and exhibits; and 4. To help foster a new generation of scientists and engineers with life-long interest in engagement of students and public audiences in the ongoing process and results of research.

Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
ISE/AISL
Award Number: 
0532536

Team Members

Carol Lynn AlpertPrincipal Investigator

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