The Impact of Science & Discovery Centres: A Review of Worldwide Studies


Ecsite-uk (affiliated with ECSITE, the European Collaborative of Science, Industry and Technology Exhibitions) recently published a review that summarizes and highlights recent research into the impact of science and technology museums, zoos, aquariums, and science centers, referred to in the report as “Science & Discovery Centres.”

Collectively, studies from around the world show that these informal education centers can:

• increase visitors’ knowledge and understanding of science;
• provide memorable learning experiences which can have a lasting impact on attitudes and behavior;
• have wide-ranging personal and social impacts and promote inter-generational learning;
• promote trust and understanding between the public and the scientific community;
• have an economic impact.

Read the full report.

Ecsite-uk also has another report that may be of interest to Partners: The Value of Science & Discovery Centres in the UK.

And in case you missed it last year…Why Zoos & Aquariums Matter: Assessing the Impact of a Visit to a Zoo or Aquarium, published in 2007 by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, is another valuable resource for Partners.

Posted in Informal science education.

Alyssa Isakower

Alyssa has consulted for The Ocean Project coordinating World Oceans Day since 2011 and is more excited for June 8th every year! She is interested in all things social media, and has been thrilled to work with partners of The Ocean Project around the world on exciting conservation outreach, both on the ground and online.

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