Iterative formative evaluations for Life on Earth have been conducted with adult and child museum visitors at the Harvard Museum of Natural History in the Romer Hall of Vertebrate Paleontology. Design study sessions were also conducted in the SDR Lab with Harvard undergraduates and in TIDAL lab at Northwestern University with groups of children recruited to participate in the formative evaluation. Between November 2010 – April 2012, over 340 participants were observed in these evaluations sessions. Participants were tested individually or in small groups. The small groups were comprised mostly of parents and children, siblings, and school classmates. The majority of participants tested were in our primary target age range of 9- to 14-years of age, and some small groups included children as young as 3-years of age and adults as old as 78-years of age.

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  • Best of CHI 2015 Best Paper Award: Proposed a novel Group Identification Algorithm in a dynamic visitor flow and engagement metrics for statistical analysis in interactive informal learning environments. Demonstrated effects of two typical study methodologies (pdf).
  • Coming soon! We are working on a digital Evolution Lab with the WGBH/NOVA Labs team.
  • PBS NOVA Engaging Science blog
  • Live Showcase of BATand paper presentation at Games, Learning and Society 2014 (watch video...)
  • Seeing Science: Biomedical Computation Review writes about the DeepTree. (read more...)
  • Harvard Gazette:: The watchword is innovation (read more...)
  • SEAS News Release: Museum exhibit developed at SEAS puts evolution at visitors’ fingertips (read more...)