Long-Term Audience Impacts of Live Fulldome Planetarium Lectures for Earth Science and Global Change Education

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/608144
Title:
Long-Term Audience Impacts of Live Fulldome Planetarium Lectures for Earth Science and Global Change Education
Authors:
Yu, Ka Chun; Champlin, David M.; Goldsworth, Deirdre A.
Abstract:
Digital Earth visualization technologies, from ArcGIS to Google Earth, have allowed for the integration of complex, disparate data sets to produce visually rich and compelling three-dimensional models of sub-surface and surface resource distribu- tion patterns. The rendering of these models allows the public to quickly understand complicated geospatial relationships that would otherwise take much longer to explain using traditional media. At the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS), we have used such visualization technologies, including real-time virtual reality software running in the immersive digital “fulldome” Gates Planetarium, to impact the commu- nity through topical policy presentations. DMNS public lectures have covered regional issues like water resources, as well as global topics such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and resource depletion. The Gates Planetarium allows an audience to have an immer- sive experience–similar to virtual reality “CAVE” environments found in academia– that would otherwise not be available to the general public. Public lectures in the dome allow audiences of over 100 people to comprehend dynamically changing geospatial datasets in an exciting and engaging fashion. Surveys and interviews show that these talks are e ective in heightening visitor interest in the subjects weeks or months af- ter the presentation. Many visitors take additional steps to learn more, while one was so inspired that she actively worked to bring the same programming to her children’s school. These preliminary findings suggest that fulldome real-time visualizations can have a substantial long-term impact on an audience’s engagement and interest in science topics.
Affiliation:
Denver Museum Nature & Science
Journal:
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Issue Date:
1-Jan-2011
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/608144
Submitted date:
2016-03-18
Document Source:
Grey Literature
Language:
English Paper
Type Of Resource:
Empirical Research
Empirical Methodology:
Qualitative
Learning Environment:
Informal
Research Setting:
Planetarium
Subjects:
Adult Learners
Construct:
Affective Belief/Identity Motivation/Attitude
Content:
General/Broad Knowledge of Astronomy Content
Nation:
USA
Appears in Collections:
Astronomy Education Research

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dc.contributor.authorYu, Ka Chunen
dc.contributor.authorChamplin, David M.en
dc.contributor.authorGoldsworth, Deirdre A.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-04T09:04:56Zen
dc.date.available2016-05-04T09:04:56Zen
dc.date.issued2011-01-01en
dc.date.submitted2016-03-18en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11290/608144en
dc.description.abstractDigital Earth visualization technologies, from ArcGIS to Google Earth, have allowed for the integration of complex, disparate data sets to produce visually rich and compelling three-dimensional models of sub-surface and surface resource distribu- tion patterns. The rendering of these models allows the public to quickly understand complicated geospatial relationships that would otherwise take much longer to explain using traditional media. At the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS), we have used such visualization technologies, including real-time virtual reality software running in the immersive digital “fulldome” Gates Planetarium, to impact the commu- nity through topical policy presentations. DMNS public lectures have covered regional issues like water resources, as well as global topics such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and resource depletion. The Gates Planetarium allows an audience to have an immer- sive experience–similar to virtual reality “CAVE” environments found in academia– that would otherwise not be available to the general public. Public lectures in the dome allow audiences of over 100 people to comprehend dynamically changing geospatial datasets in an exciting and engaging fashion. Surveys and interviews show that these talks are e ective in heightening visitor interest in the subjects weeks or months af- ter the presentation. Many visitors take additional steps to learn more, while one was so inspired that she actively worked to bring the same programming to her children’s school. These preliminary findings suggest that fulldome real-time visualizations can have a substantial long-term impact on an audience’s engagement and interest in science topics.en
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dc.titleLong-Term Audience Impacts of Live Fulldome Planetarium Lectures for Earth Science and Global Change Educationen
dc.typeGrey Literatureen
dc.contributor.departmentDenver Museum Nature & Scienceen
dc.identifier.journalAstronomical Society of the Pacificen
dc.type.resourceEmpirical Researchen
dc.istar.learningenvironmentInformalen
dc.istar.constructAffective Belief/Identity Motivation/Attitudeen
dc.istar.contentGeneral/Broad Knowledge of Astronomy Contenten
dc.istar.nationUSAen
dc.istar.empiricalmethodologyQualitativeen
dc.istar.researchsettingPlanetariumen
dc.istar.subjectAdult Learnersen
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