In 2016, 200 Building with Biology kits were distributed to museums and informal science education organizations around the country. Kit recipients hosted events with hands-on activities and forum programs that fostered public engagement with science about synthetic biology. This online workshop presents methods and results from three data collection efforts about the project. First, internal evaluators describe their work to understand what public participants learned, valued, and found interesting about the events. Second, external, summative evaluators share about the project’s impacts on scientist volunteers and the ISE professionals who hosted the events. Third, dialogue and deliberation scholars detail their effort to uncover the public’s attitudes towards synthetic biology.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DRL 1421179. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Museum of Science, Boston
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