Science museums often seek to create open-ended, interactive exhibits designed to support visitors in conducting scientific inquiry. Visitors, however, do not always have the skills or previous knowledge needed to perform in-depth investigations to answer certain scientific questions. A team of practitioners and researchers from the Exploratorium in San Francisco set out to create a program that helped families understand the tools and skills that scientists use to investigate scientific topics. The final program encouraged visitors to ask questions, experiment, and interpret the results of the investigation. This article explains the design process and evaluation of the program.
Allen, Sue, and Joshua P. Gutwill. “Creating a Program to Deepen Family Inquiry at Interactive Science Exhibits.” Curator 52.3 (2009): 289-306.