NATIONAL INSTITUTE OCTOBER 20-23, 2010 WASHINGTON, DC. The Girls RISEnet 2010 Survey. An Environmental Scan of Girl-Friendly Programs and Exhibits in U.S. Science Museums and Institutions.
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OCTOBER 20-23, 2010
The Girls RISEnet 2010 Survey
An Environmental Scan of
Girl-Friendly Programs and Exhibits in U.S. Science Museums and Institutions
Girls RISEnet intends to support a network of science museums and institutions across the United States with resources and activities that support girl-friendly and culturally competent programs and exhibits.
The Miami Science Museum is the lead agency for the Girls RISE (Raising Interest in Science and Engineering) Museum Network project. In collaboration with the Association of Science - Technology Centers (ASTC) and SECME, Inc.,
In 2010, Girls RISEnet’s lead evaluator Kathleen Tyner of The University of Texas at Austin worked with the project’s Research Advisory Panel and staff to develop an environmental scan questionnaire as a first-ever baseline measure of girl-friendly programs and exhibits in science museums and institutions throughout the United States.
The online questionnaire was directed to a convenience sample of 351 email addresses from the ASTC mailing list. A total of 105 institutions responded for a very high response rate of 33%.
Results of this baseline survey are reported by region, and will be used to increase the capacity of the RISEnet regional hub science museums to support girl-friendly and culturally-competent programming and exhibition across the United States.
Girls RISEnet is funded by the Research on Gender in Science and Engineering program of the National Science Foundation.
Sample by Region (n=105)
Characteristics of Museums with Programs and Exhibits
to Attract and Motivate Girls
Recruitment of Minority Girls
Specific Recruitment by Race/Ethnicity (n=65)
Museums and Science Institutions
with No Girl-Specific Programs or Exhibits (n=33)
Exhibits Designed to Attract Girls
Educational Programs for Girls and Minority Girls
Professional Development about Girls-Specific Programs
for Staff and Educators
Measuring the Impact of Girl-Specific Programs
Visibility and Outreach to Girls
Institutional and Individual Use of Social Networks
Does your institution maintain an official presence?
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