Outreach is a small, but significant component to modern research. Developing an exhibit for public display can be an effective way to communicate science to broad audiences, although it may be a less familiar method to scientists than writing papers or giving presentations. I outline the process of developing an interactive exhibit for outreach, and evaluate and discuss the effectiveness of a computer exhibit designed to communicate estuary currents and scientific  modeling using Olympia Oyster restoration in the Yaquina Bay estuary as a theme. I summarize the results of this project in three primary recommendations: 1) exhibit developers should be deliberate in the decision to use a computer and only select this media if it is determined to be the best for communicating exhibit learning outcomes, 2) the design of visualizations to convey research results should be carefully modified from their scientific forms to best meet the exhibit learning outcomes and expectations of the exhibit audience, and 3) scientists should play an integral role in the development of scientific content-based exhibits, but their expertise, and the range of expertise from other members of the exhibit development team, should be strategically utilized.

Authors: 
Emily Lemagie
Short Description: 
Developing an exhibit for public display
Product Number: 
ORESU-Y-11-004
Entry Date: 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Price: 
NA
Length: 
223 pp.
Size and Format: 
8 1/2 x 11, online
Miscellaneous: 
Student thesis
Department/University: 
Marine Resource Management, Oregon State University
Degree: 
Masters of Science
Year of Publication: 
2011
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