Attendance figures for "Natural Selection"
We recently completed a seven month running of "Natural Selection: Darwin's Mystery of Mysteries." Our attendance numbers weren't what we had hoped they'd be (we loved it), and we are trying to figure out what we should learn from the experience. A few conversations have suggested that "maybe" it has done better in science centers.
I would appreciate hearing about your successes with the show. On or off line is fine. I want to be clear that we are in no way blaming the production. This was the first time we really departed from the standard show content model and our audience surprised us. Before I do the next non-astronomy thing, I want to learn from this experience.
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium
- Hi Matt,
We received a grant from the 3M Corporate Foundation to purchased
Natural selection last fall, but not with the intention of offering it
as a public show. We have it available to school groups and for our
college Intro to Biology classes for non-science majors. It is a great
show that is well done. It is a history show and a good introduction to
evolution for the Bio classes. We actually have some history faculty
that want to show it to their classes that deal with the Industrial
Revolution era. But getting faculty to change and add something to
their already busy and full classes has not been easy. Only a few have
shown it out of a possible 26 sections each semester. We expect that
number to grow since when I surveyed them, more than a year ago, many
replied that they would like to have such a program available for their
Only six visiting school groups have seen it and they were all middle
school grades. The teachers and students liked the show and asked good
questions. We'll see if those teachers request it again next year.
At this point I do not expect to offer it as a public show. It just
doesn't fit into what we normally offer age wise, let alone the topic
being so different.
Raritan Valley CC Planetarium
PO Box 3300
Somerville, NJ 08876
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