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Jacksonville Science Festival has worked to become an increasingly inclusive environment, with a specific, focused outreach to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

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Jacksonville Science Festival kicked off its three day festival Saturday, March 2.  The weather was not friendly, bringing rain and chilly temperatures… but, still, the people came!  This is the festival’s 7th year and locals were excited to have the ever-changing Saturday location bring the festival to the beach for the first time.  Thursday, March 7th and Friday, March 8th rounded out the festival, with Thursday’s highlight being the hundreds of deaf K-12 students accompanied by the collegians who are training to teach them upon graduation. 

According to DeafTec, a Technological Education Center for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students, equity in pay – regardless of college degree – has not yet been reached…


    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 and Encountering Science in America

    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...

    Who’s Missing from Our Festivals?

    EvalFest has collected over 10,000 survey responses (and counting!) from science festival attendees at 25 partner sites across the US over the last four years. This left us asking a question: who isn’t attending these events and what can we find out about them? This...

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