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In August of 2008, participants at the Science Museum of Minnesota’s NISE Net Regional workshop provided feedback on the University of Wisconsin MRSEC’s Nano 101 Program for museum educators. A total of 20 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 MRSEC’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 a majority 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 nanotechnology will affect society.
Type of product(s) studied:
Professional development, meetings, workshops
Method(s) of data collection:
A Powerpoint presentation with script and program guide that helps prepare staff and the public to discuss nanotechnology.