Faculty Advisor

Golding, Dominic

Project Center

Nantucket, Massachusetts


This report presents an evaluation of the effectiveness of science field trips and hands-on classroom activities offered and coordinated by the Maria Mitchell Association (MMA). Through our analysis of focus groups, interviews, observations, and surveys, we conclude that the programs are effective in meeting the goals of local teachers. Nevertheless, we make several recommendations, including the implementation of a teacher-provider summit and other professional development activities. We developed a quick and easy evaluation tool for the MMA to gauge the relative success of future field trips and to identify how to improve them.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2010

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs