On February 16, 2013, we took a field trip to visit the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. for their Discover Engineering Family Day. Designed for children ages 4-12, families discovered how engineers turn ideas into reality. Students were able to do everything from building their own paper rockets and suspension bridges, to meeting Roger Crouch, an astronaut who flew on two NASA Space Shuttle missions. This free event attracted 10,000 attendees from Washington, D.C. and surrounding communities.
An independent non-profit, the National Building Museum is devoted to educating the community about engineering and how it impacts their lives. To ensure that similar events would be possible in the future, the Museum needed to collect valuable data and demonstrate the event’s success to its current and future donors.
Equipped with iPads running iFormBuilder, staff surveyed attendees throughout the day. Compared to past events, the seamless collection of data was a welcomed change. Before using our mobile data platform, staff members used clipboards to administer surveys and then spent the next week manually entering the data into their system. With iFormBuilder, hundreds of attendees were surveyed and the data was instantly available online in an easily consumable excel spreadsheet.
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