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. The evaluation gathered and analyzed audience responses to the experience to explore the medium’s strengths for conveying science content. The study found the sphere was extremely effective in communicating global processes and relationships and also highlighted the importance of grounding viewers with local reference points. Read the Science on a Sphere evaluation report.