InformalScience.org is a central portal to project, research and evaluation resources designed to support and connect the informal STEM education community in museums, media, public programs and a growing variety of learning environments.

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ISE experiences offer dynamic, creative platforms for communicating science to learners of all ages. InformalScience.org has strategies and examples for this work from a variety of environments, institutions and projects.

Outreach For Scientists 

Science Learning Plus (SL+) funders will host an online forum from July 6-17 to bring together participants from the UK and the US to share promising practices for creating practice-research collaborations.

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Science Learning Plus (SL+) Forum

Science Learning Plus (SL+) funders will host an online forum on InformalScience.org called Bridging the Practice-Research Gap.

STEM Learning Ecosystems RFQ and Afterschool STEM Toolkit

The STEM Funders Network launched Building the Field: Designing and Implementing Community-Based STEM Learning Ecosystem.

ISE Evidence Wiki Categories Restructured

The ISE Evidence Wiki is a resource designed to crowdsource information about informal STEM education settings and experiences.

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Disability, Inclusion, and Informal STEM Education (ISE)

This post revisits the theoretical background behind inclusion efforts in informal STEM education and provides project examples.

Updates from the field: Public Trust in Science

In May 2015, the NAS Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences hosted a discussion about public trust in science.

Broader Impacts + Informal STEM Education = Opportunities!

Informal STEM education offers opportunities for scientists to plan, propose, and develop innovative broader impacts activities.

SL+ Forum: Bridging the gap: July 6-17 2015

Science Learning Plus (SL+) funders will host an asynchronous online CAISE forum called "Bridging the practice-research gap," from July 6-17. The forum seeks to bring together participants from the UK and the US to share promising practices for creating practice-research collaborations, a key goal of the SL+ Program. Topics will include: How to make collaborations effective; Bridging between practice and research; Starting new collaborations; International collaborations. All are most welcome to share experiences of all kinds and ask questions. This is a great opportunity for newcomers to informal STEM education, those interested in applying for Phase 2 SL+ grants, and anyone interested in learning or sharing about partnerships, especially across the practice-research gap. The forum will be jointly moderated by Sue Allen, a consultant to the Noyce Foundation, and Colin Johnson, an advisor to the Wellcome Trust. The forum will go live on July 5, ready for conversation to start on July 6. You can request access any time, but you will only be granted permission to join on or after July 5, when the site goes live. Thanks!

NSF INCLUDES Workshop: Achieving Scale for Inclusion in STEM

The National Science Foundation's Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners that have been Underrepresented for Diversity in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) is a multi-year comprehensive national initiative to catalyze improvement in the preparation, participation, advancement and potential contributions of those who have been traditionally underserved in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Through INCLUDES, NSF will encourage exploration of novel approaches for broadening participation, using NSF's existing investments in broadening participation as the foundation for these efforts. This Group provides workshop documentation and a dialogue forum for invited participants from across the nation who will meet on June 3, 2015 to think about the broadening participation ecosystem through the lens of collective impact and catalytic innovation, in order to develop ideas, strategies, and actions that will alter the current landscape and result in scalable solutions for the inclusion of people from all sectors of American society to engage in STEM careers.

SL+ PILOT TEST: just a place to practice posting things

Please note that this group is NOT the live forum on Bridging the Gap. This is just a great place to practice logging on or posting things if you like to see how the online forum works without risking that you accidentally post photos of your bunny-rabbit socks to hundreds of people. Feel free to post things, delete things, whatever you like. Others may see them, but everyone using this space will just be practicing. There won't be any live facilitation. This group will be deleted after July 17. The main Forum "SL+ Forum: Bridging the Gap" is a different group from this one, and requires that you submit a separate request to join it. That's the one that will remain on the site for one year after the forum. Questions? caise@informalscience.org

Let's Talk - Discussion Group

This public forum is a continuation of the Let's Talk project. The project addresses the lack of a generalizable body of knowledge about dialogue, the need for instructional models and theory to inform the use of Dialogue programming, and the opportunity to prepare future museum professionals. In this forum, we invite you to become part of the part conversation by discussing the role of facilitated dialogue in museum-based programming, sharing new examples of innovative practice and research, and collaborating with your colleagues in the field on next steps for the field. A full project description is available here: http://bit.ly/1F9LnPD