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EDGE: Exhibit Designs for Girls’ Engagement


Exhibit Designs for Girls' Engagement

The Exhibit Designs for Girls’ Engagement (EDGE) project, a three-year Exploratorium-run, NSF-funded research study, aimed to identify the most important design attributes for engaging girls at STEM exhibits. 

We identified nearly 100 exhibit design attributes that had the potential to better engage girls. To test those 100 attributes and their relationship to girls’ engagement, we studied more than 300 physics, engineering, math, and perception exhibits at the Exploratorium, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and the Arizona Science Center. The purpose of the EDGE research was to winnow that list of 100 potential design attributes to those most important for engaging girls. The result: nine design attributes strongly and positively related to girls' engagement across the three institutions. 

EDGE Design Guide, Webinar, Articles, and Coding Scheme

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

This material is based upon work supported by the National ScienceFoundation under Grant No. 1323806 and the Gordon & Betty MooreFoundation. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) anddo not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundationor the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation