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Profile Studies of Large-Scale Public Events

Updated on April 9, 2015 - 11:56 AM CDT
Posted on May 21, 2014 - 4:02 AM CDT

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The following are profiles of public events that have been summarized by McREL based on review of education and evaluation literature.  These are intended to offer insights to community members who are designing, implementing, and/or evaluating events for the general public. Each profile presents an overview, evaluation methodologies, outputs, outcomes and impacts, and successes, challenges and lessons learned.  If you have additional profiles - or suggestions for profiles, please contact Stephanie Shipp (, Heather Dalton (, or Sandra Weeks ( 


Publication Profile: Life Science Research Weekend 2010 - 2012 - The annual 3-day event (Friday-Saturday-Sunday) is co-presented by National Association of Biomedical Research (NWABR) and Pacific Science Center (PSC). The goals of this event are to a) introduce the public to life sciences research in the state of Washington, b) engage them in hands-on activities, and c) give them the opportunity to talk with scientists and hear about career opportunities. The event showcases current research in biology, medicine, and other life sciences. Exhibitors include research scientists from companies and non-profit research institutions across Washington state. The 2012 event marked the 6th year of this annual event.


Publication Profile: Bringing the universe to the street: A preliminary look at informal learning implications for a large-scale non-traditional science outreach project - The “From Earth to the Universe” (FETTU) project is a worldwide effort to bring astronomical images and their science to the public in non-traditional locations, such as public parks, metro stations, shopping malls, hospitals, libraries, and even prisons.  It was a major project at the International Year of Astronomy 2009, a global effort initiated by the International Astronomical Union and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.  Over 40 FETTU exhibits have occurred in 25 states in libraries, airports, nature centers, parks, and college campuses. Some of the locations mentioned in this report include Liverpool, England; NYC, NY; Tucson, AZ; Memphis, TN; and Columbia  University, NY