A Celebration of Evaluation
EvalFest provides tools and resources to help evaluate informal science learning.
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“Some of the heroes in Dr. Mona’s book are career scientists or people who learn about science in order to protect their family members, friends, and neighbors. We hope that by providing these books to local schools we play a small part in inspiring young people to action,” said Roxanne Truhn, MSU Science Festival Coordinator.
Unraveling the Mysteries
There is something for everyone at the MSU Science Festival. This annual event, established by Michigan State University in 2013, celebrates the many ways science, technology, engineering, art, and math touch our everyday lives and shape our future.
The 2019 Festival offered more than 250 presentations and activities, with 350 scientists, researchers, educational and community partners donating their time. They come ready to dazzle, delight, inspire and educate visitors with their scientific knowledge.
Events are FREE, and have been from the beginning! We keep it that way so that people across Michigan and beyond can have access to the wonders of scientific discoveries and newest technologies.
The full range of science festival teams from across the U.S.
Surveys collected from publics who attend science festival events.
Tried and tested methods developed to evaluate science festivals.
Who is EvalFest?
Founded in 2014 with funding from the National Science Foundation, the EvalFest community of practice has developed, tested, and fine-tuned evaluation methods and practices with 25 science festival partners across the U.S. Though tested with science festivals, EvalFest now offers a suite of tried and tested resources available free of charge to the broader community to help evaluate and learn about informal STEM learning activities.
Current insights on the science festival community.
EvalFest (EF) partners Karen Peterman, Jane Robertson, and Kim Kiesewetter headed to the Motor City in July for the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Visitor Studies Association (VSA) where they participated in two different sessions as presenters. The VSA conference was...
In 2017 the EvalFest team was invited to attend a meeting hosted by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to help inform their Public Face of Science Initiative . The meeting was attended by a blend of researchers from science communication and informal STEM...
Drawing on data from surveys and interviews, the EvalFest team found high rates of evaluation use among its science festival partners across the United States. Recently published in Evaluation and Program Planning, this article uses data from festival team interviews...