In order to try and understand the impact that a Science Festival has on its visitors, a detailed evaluation of Cheltenham Festival of Science was conducted in 2003. Results showed that the Festival was a success according to its visitors, who tended to be those whose existing attitude towards science was positive. However, Festival events led to positive shifts in the cognitive and affective domains of visitors. This paper summarises the results of the survey of opinions, and raises questions about how to evaluate the impact of such a diverse event.

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What is the impact of a science festival on its visitors?

Laura Grant   University of Liverpool

In order to try and understand the impact that a Science Festival has on its visitors, a detailed evaluation of Cheltenham Festival of Science was conducted in 2003. Results showed that the Festival was a success according to its visitors, who tended to be those whose existing attitude towards science was positive. However, Festival events led to positive shifts in the cognitive and affective domains of visitors. This paper summarises the results of the survey of opinions, and raises questions about how to evaluate the impact of such a diverse event.

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