Research & Evaluation

Nano Books 2008 Formative Evaluation

Report date: September, 2008



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General Description: 

Visitors to the Science Museum of Minnesota provided feedback on the books, How Small Is Nano? and Is That Robot Real? in order to assess the books and their ability to impart knowledge of nanoscience. The visitors, 63 adults in all, read one of the books to the child or children accompanying them, then answered a series of questions about their experience including their interest in and enjoyment of the book they read, as well as the age appropriateness of the book. The report compares and contrasts the two books throughout.

Major Findings: 

The formative evaluation of the nanobooks reveals that children who read How Small is Nano? came away with a better understanding of relative size and the nanoscale. Only one in ten readers of Is That Robot Real? mentioned that the message of the book related to size. However, half of the visitors who read the robot book enjoyed it so much and were so interested in the material that they would read it again and encourage others to read it. A majority of the How Small is a Nano? book still found it interesting and enjoyable, but wouldn’t recommend it to others or read it again. Overall, a majority of visitors were more interested in nanotechnology after reading either of the books, and found the vocabulary to be “just right”.

Type of product(s) studied: 

  • Media

Method(s) of data collection: 

  • interviews


Sarah Cohn
Jane Miller

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