Here, There and Everywhere
The physical processes of our natural world are on constant display. They shape our surroundings on scales large and small. Across the Universe, Nature does the same.
This series helps us better understand cosmic phenomena by looking and studying what we see close to home. BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENS HERE, HAPPENS THERE, AND EVERYWHERE.
Status: Passed SMD Product Review
A summative evaluation will be conducted at select host institutions to evaluate the effectiveness of the exhibit in meeting its intended educational outcomes, as well as to determine if the exhibit is user-friendly, and is utilized by visitors as the project staff intended.
The formative evaluation was completed. The summative evaluation is ongoing, and is guided by specific educational goals for visitors. Each venue has been conducting surveys and observations with local volunteers, as well as providing event summary text and images for the HTE blog and social media. Additional surveys for the host organizers are also being collected. Updates at http://chandra.harvard.edu/impact/hte.html
Seventy-one visitors at three institutions (EcoTarium, Worcester, MA; Christiansburg Library, Christiansburg VA; and Radford, University and Planetarium, Radford, VA) were surveyed regarding their experience with the Here, There, and Everywhere (HTE) exhibit and its accompanying educational materials between October and November 2012. Visitors were asked to complete a paper and pencil survey upon exiting the exhibit. Evaluators for the project collected data at the EcoTarium, while volunteers collected data at the other two locations.
Survey participants were evenly distributed by gender (forty-nine percent female and fifty-one percent male). These visitors attend a variety of events and activities. Fifty-eight percent visit art exhibits, seventy-two visit history museums, fifty-six percent visit science centers and eighty-two percent visit zoos, aquariums or natural history museums. Sixty-five percent also go to the theatre and sixty percent attend concerts or music events. Thirty percent of visitors reported that they were drawn to this exhibit because they like learning about science, fourteen percent because they like astronomy images, twelve percent were walking by and forty-four percent were on a field trip.
Visitors were asked how much they liked the exhibit using a rating scale from 1-5. The average rating was 4.4 with fifty-five percent of respondents rating the exhibit a 5. When asked how much they learned from the exhibit, a full seventy-seven percent indicated that they learned quite a bit or a great deal. With regard to interest, fifty-nine percent of visitors reported that the exhibit was very interesting and an additional sixteen percent found the exhibit interesting. Visitors were additionally asked about their experience with the interactive components of the exhibit. Fifty-four percent of survey participants indicated that the activities were interesting and also reported that they learned a great deal. One hundred percent indicated that the activities helped them understand the main idea of the exhibit.
Visitors were also asked to what extent viewing the exhibit increased or decreased their interest in Astronomy. Over sixty percent indicated that the exhibit increased their interest in Astronomy. Seventy-two percent reported that they would be interested in attending another science event and forty percent commented that they would now be interested in reading about science online.