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In September of 2008, participants at the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science’s NISE Net Regional workshop provided feedback on the Museum of Science’s Nano 101 Program for museum educators. A total of 17 participants completed self-administered surveys about the program. This formative evaluation assesses the program’s effectiveness in educating museum educators about the basics of nanotechnology.
The formative evaluation of Museum of Science’s Nano 101 Program showed that the program was effective in teaching basic nanotechnology concepts. A majority of participants felt comfortable enough to explain to the public all of the topics covered in the program. Participants felt most comfortable with basic topics such as the definition of a nanometer, and less comfortable with more nuanced topics such as how people work at the nanoscale.
Type of product(s) studied:
Professional development, meetings, workshops
Method(s) of data collection:
A Powerpoint presentation with script that helps prepare staff and the public to discuss Nanotechnology