Faculty Advisor

Aghajanian, Michael John

Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly Keyes

Project Center

Melbourne, Australia


The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) conducts science education programs in schools across Australia. This project developed a formal rubric to evaluate the effectiveness with which the hands-on activities in these programs teach students science concepts in an engaging ways. Through educator interviews and surveys, program observations, and discussions with teachers and students, this rubric was developed and tested. The rubric was found to be valid in accurately conveying key information about activities, reproducible when used by different evaluators, and universally applicable to all age groups. The project team also provided recommendations for improvements to the rubric and used the rubric to inform design recommendations for two new activities.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department


Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering