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Study: Visits to science centers spark interest in science

This article describes findings from a study titled, the Multi-Institutional Science Center Effects Study (MISCES) in which a team from the Arizona Science Center, Franklin Institute, and the California Science Center studied how youth and adults engage with science.

The research team found that out-of-school, free-choice learning experiences are critically important in the development of youth and adult interest in science. Science centers are best positioned to offer these experiences in hands-on, interactive settings, enabling all learners to explore topics that are of greatest interest to them.

Arizona Science Center, along with The Franklin Institute and the California Science Center, released the results from their national research study, which found that visits to science centers were the only type of science learning experience that consistently inspired both youth and adult interest in science.

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