Areas of Expertise:
- Qualitative research and evaluation methods
- Studies of museum exhibits and programs for engagement and impact
- Informal Education including media and after school programs
- Science Education in formal and informal settings
- Evaluation of STEM content for children and adult learners
Molly has over fifteen years of practical and research experience in the field of informal education. Working in the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Learning Technologies Center, she was responsible for developing and running after school programs and technology-based classes for school groups and the public. She did graduate work in Science Education at King’s College London with the Center for Informal Learning and Schools (CILS) where her research examined social interaction at and around technologically-rich science center exhibits. Two of her academic interests include how social interaction can be fostered in learning environments and how the bridge between research and practice can be narrowed.
At Rockman, Molly’s work has focused on evaluation projects in science education, at science centers, in other informal learning environments, and in public media. Specific projects have included the evaluation of Science in Action at the California Academy of Sciences; the Environment Student Learning Initiative (ESLI), a partnership between SFUSD, Global Exchange, and CES; SoundVision Productions radio program, The Really Big Questions, and The Tech Museum Tech Awards Gallery.
Bringing her experience as a practitioner together with her research training, she has the ability to bridge these two worlds, understanding what is relevant to our clients. Molly’s non-academic interests include playing pinball, cooking and eating, and exploring new places.