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Each resource on For Educators comes with an abstract describing how it has been used, the program director's background and contact information, and links to similar resources. Visitors can search for resources by keyword, grade level, topic, and type. They are encouraged to leave comments and to rate the resources on a scale of one to five flasks. The poster-making website, for instance, has a five-flask rating and the comment “Awesome!”
HHMI staff will be paying attention to those evaluations. “We'll be counting flasks,” Bruns says. “We want to know if some resources are used and rated while others just seem to sit there.”
Bruns is also very interested in seeing Cool Science spark new conversations. “A person who finds one resource interesting will get a sense of the whole program that created it and then might contact its developers,” he says. “Connecting people and the resulting networking can be so important.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit Cool Science at www.hhmi.org/coolscience.