Science, Mathematics, Technology, Media

Forest Science Dialogues

Forest Science Dialogues

RMC is evaluating Hubbard Brook Research Foundation’s Forest Science Dialogues project, a model for engaging ecosystem scientists and local citizens/network leaders in action-oriented dialogue around urgent local issues and concerns. For evaluation purposes, the project can be considered to take place in three phases. The initial phase will serve as a needs assessment that brings…

Center on Instruction: Mathematics

Center on Instruction: Mathematics

Part of the Comprehensive Center network, the Center serves the 16 Regional Comprehensive Centers with research-based knowledge and expert assistance in K-12 mathematics instruction, including guidance on mathematics instruction for students with special needs. The Center on Instruction’s mathematics resources are informed by findings from and authors’ participation in the National Math Panel and include…

Dragonfly TV: Museum-Media Collaboration

Dragonfly TV: Museum-Media Collaboration

RMC’s evaluation of DragonflyTV: Going Places in Science also afforded an opportunity to examine the storytelling strategies that were most effective in engaging children and conveying science content. A two-part study examined the strategies employed in different science investigation segments, including the number of child investigators, their development as characters, and how the hypotheses, data…

Learning in 2D and 3D: Dinosaurs

Learning in 2D and 3D: Dinosaurs

The simultaneous release of the Maryland Science Center’s Dinosaurs Alive in 2D and 3D provided an opportunity to conduct a preliminary study of the differences in the educational impact of these two large format media, and has produced some interesting findings such as the greater perception of learning experienced by 2D audiences compared with 3D…

Science on a Sphere

Science on a Sphere

RMC conducted the front-end evaluation of NOAA’s spherical film display Science on a Sphere for the Maryland Science Center. Piloted with data sets from NOAA and NASA, this new technology creates scientifically accurate and stunningly realistic imagery of Earth and celestial objects, as well as animations of climate systems and human interaction on the globe….

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