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Abstract Title: Magnetism, light, structures, and rotational motion: Mixed-methods study of visitors engaging with four exhibits at a science museum
Abstract: This poster describes mixed-methods research conducted at four exhibits by four teams of graduate students and museum practitioners through a research practice partnership (RPP) model at an interactive science museum in southern California. Two projects modified or manipulated the exhibits or facilitation strategies to assess the impact on guest stay time at the exhibit. These focused on Keva planks, which small wooden planks guests can use to make structures and Turn Tables, a rotating table that visitors place objects on. Two other projects used mixed methods including qualitative observations to analyze guest behaviors when interacting with each exhibit. One focused on ways that visitors engaged with Magnetic Islands, a small magnetic structure guests can attach magnetic washers to and the other focused on early childhood interactions with Light Patterns, a life-sized color peg board.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Parallel Session: Museum-based physics education research through research-practice partnerships (RPPs)
Session Time: Parallel Sessions Cluster II
Room: Cascade C
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Meghan Macias
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jasmine Nation, Jasmine Marckwordt, Krista Lucas, Erik Arevalo