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An online community and collection of informal STEM learning projects, evaluation, and research resources.

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Informalscience.org collects and shares informal science education (ISE) projects, evaluation reports, and research. We also pull together resources from multiple websites serving the ISE field into one collection.

About Our Collection 

Find out more about the 2014 National Science Foundation Advancing Informal STEM Learning Program Principal Investigator Meeting, which will take place August 20-22 in Washington, DC.

2014 AISL PI Meeting 

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.

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Guide for Evaluating Learning Outcomes from Citizen Science

The Guide for Evaluating Learning Outcomes from Citizen Science is a new resource designed to help citizen science [...]

Informal Learning at ThirstDC

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Connect to the 2014 AISL PI Meeting

The 2014 NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning PI Meeting will take place August 20 to 22 in Washington, DC [...]

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Welcome to InformalScience.org

CAISE launched a newly redesigned InformalScience.org in May 2013 to serve as a primary resource for informal science [...]

The Art of Science Learning

Art of Science Learning (AoSL) is a National Science Foundation-funded initiative that explores innovation at the [...]

Identifying Research Themes for Public Engagement in Natural History Museums

This research brief has been made available by Relating Research to Practice (RR2P). RR2P provides short synopses of [...]

Building Informal Science Education (BISE) Project

How do we know that informal STEM learning happens? Where's the evidence to support our impact? What are the design principles underlying effective practice? What's the best way to conceptualize, support, and measure learning in different learning environments and with different audiences? The Building Informal Science Education (BISE) project seeks to help the field access, understand, and learn from prior work. BISE is a NSF-funded collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out of School Environments, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and the Visitor Studies Association. We've spent the last few years diving deep into the evaluation reports that have been uploaded to informalscience.org in order begin to understand what the field can learn from such a rich resource. To date, BISE has produced an extensive coding framework, coded 521 reports, and commissioned five synthesis papers. We are now working to integrate some of our coding into the new informalscience.org website and exploring ways to make our NVivo database freely available for others to conduct their own analyses.

2014 AISL PI Meeting

This Group has been created to document and share inputs, discussions, and other resources for the 2014 AISL PI Meeting in Washington, DC. Scroll down to the Group Documents section to find important documents related to the meeting, such as the draft agenda and information about poster sessions. Information about breakout session topic threads will be posted in the Group Forum as it becomes available. To turn off notifications when people post to the Group, click on the "Forum Subscriptions" link on the Group Home page. Please click the "send email to organizer" button to ask a question about how to use the Group.

Science Learning+ Open Space Discussion

This group is to document the Science Learning+ event that took place at the National Science Foundation (NSF) on May 23rd, 2014 from 12:30 to 5:30 PM ET. The notes are available to anyone who is interested in accessing them. Please visit the group forum for discussion notes and links to relevant resources. More information about Science Learning+ can be found in the NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) solicitation.

CAISE BI+ISE Curation Group

As part of our work to support and advance the efforts of science researchers and administrators of education and outreach, CAISE has put together this group to help us curate content for a new InformalScience.org webpage that will highlight exemplary Broader Impacts + Informal Science Education resources for scientists, STEM-based professionals, and university/lab administrators of education and outreach. We will use this group to facilitate sharing and discussion surrounding materials throughout the curation group process.