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  • Date: 04/01/2011
    Resource Category: Summative
    The NSF-funded 400 Years of the Telescope project was a unique partnership among a public television station, a production studio, two planetariums and a leading astronomical society in the United States. Its five main components included a one-hour PBS documentary, a 22-minute planetarium program, a website with astronomical infromation, "star ... »
  • Date: 11/01/2014
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    In 2010 EarthSky Communications Inc. was awarded a broad implementation grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) entitled Proyecto de Implementacion Amplia EarthSky en Español (EarthSky in Spanish Broad Implementation Project). In partnership with the Spanish media company Univision Communications Inc. and a national Advisory Committee of ... »
  • Date: 10/15/2011
    Resource Category: Formative
    This is a mid-term analysis of the on-line user survey and the URCHIN usage data. ... »
  • Date: 06/16/2006
    Resource Category: Summative
    With support from the National Science Foundation, Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Thomas Lucas Productions have produced a planetarium show entitled, Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity. The 20-minute full-motion program uses scientific simulations and data-based animations to illustrate the death of stars and the birth and ... »
  • Date: 11/21/2017
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This study explored how different presentations of an object in deep space affect understanding, engagement, and aesthetic appreciation. A total of n = 2,502 respondents to an online survey were randomly assigned to one of 11 versions of Cassiopeia A, comprising 6 images and 5 videos ranging from 3s to approximately 1min. Participants responded to ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2013
    Resource Category: Summative
    The Touch the Sun exhibition showcases the stunning state-of-the-art imagery of the Sun captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and streamed to Chabot in near-real-time. Central to the exhibit is a fully interactive, 90-inch display presenting animations of the Sun's atmosphere in astounding detail. Additional exhibits give visitors hands-on ... »
  • Date: 10/24/2013
    Resource Category: Summative
    The final evaluation report for the Citizen Sky project highlights evaluative findings from three workshops, several live online events, participant interviews, and analysis of activity and project contributions through the website. Appendix includes survey questions. ... »
  • Date: 07/01/2012
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Families and school-aged constituents at 30 urban, inner-city neighborhood community-based organizations and teachers and students in earth science classes in 40 middle schools. Intent: This project will prepare neighborhood and community leaders in Philadelphia to use simple but effective observation tools and NASA’s educational web content to ... »
  • Date: 02/28/2019
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Science centers such as museums and planetariums have used stereoscopic (“three-dimensional”) films to draw interest from and educate their visitors for decades. Despite the fact that most adults who are finished with their formal education get their science knowledge from such free-choice learning settings very little is known about the effect of ... »
  • Date: 02/15/2000
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory will develop "Cosmic Horizons: Our Place in Space and Time." This will be a 5,000-square-foot traveling exhibition to help visitors explore the extraordinary recent breakthroughs and current mysteries in our scientific understanding of the structure and evolution of the universe. Cosmic Horizons will reach ... »