How they were developed
These strategies are backed by extensive research and testing. The Philadelphia-Camden Informal Science Education Collaborative (PISEC) identified seven characteristics of family friendly learning (Multi-User, Multi-Sided, Multi-Modal, Multi-Outcome, Relevant, and Accessible) in a research study funded by the National Science Foundation.
The USS Constitution Museum conducted extensive testing of the PISEC characteristics in its own exhibits and programs through a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The USS Constitution Museum’s study further identified Encourage Conversation, Authentic and Distinctive, and Fun and Play as key design strategies.
To learn more about the PISEC study, visit the Franklin Institute’s Museum Learning Research page.
Design Strategies Worksheet
Use this matrix as a design strategy checklist when creating a new experience or elevating an existing one.Design Strategies Worksheet