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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 

Explore CAISE curated resources to learn about the field, develop proposals, and identify ways to connect STEM research with public audiences that are grounded in learning research and evaluated with rigorous methods.

Learn About The Field 

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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Recent Site Activity

New International Partnership Funding Opportunity Available: Science Learning+

Science Learning+ will provide up to $14.4 million to support research into how learning happens outside the classroom, [...]

National Research Council Workshop on Successful Out of School STEM Learning

The National Research Council Board on Science Education has assembled a 13 person expert committee that will [...]

Google Science Fair 2014

Google Science Fair 2014 is now open to leaners aged 13 to 18 from around the world to use their interests and talents to [...]

Welcome to Informalscience.org

The new site is the culmination of several years of work by the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education [...]

What Can you Find in the BISE Database?

The Building Informal Science Education (BISE) project created a coding framework to code and synthesize evaluation [...]

Community Science Workshops: What Happens After NSF?

The Community Science Workshop Network (CSW Network) exemplifies how a successful NSF project can carry on after federal [...]

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.

STEM Learning is Everywhere Informal Science Group

The purpose of this group is to continue the discussion of the informal science group from the "STEM is Everywhere" meeting that took place at the Beckman Center in Irvine, CA from February 9 - 11, 2014. The discussion will focus on "changing the vision of science learning" that was presented by Margaret Honey in the group's report-out. Please see the Next Steps Summary and the meeting notes in the Group Documents list for a summary of what was discussed. Please note that this is a closed group; you must have been present at the original meeting to join.


Informal Science Education Research Group-New York City ISERG-NYC is a group of researchers and informal educators who focus on applying sociocultural theory and research methods and methodologies to ISE learning and participation. Currently we are focused on two main areas: youth learning and identity and teacher learning. We will meet both in person and in this forum to discuss advancing sociocultural theory in informal science research and education.

21st Century Learning in Natural History Settings

This public forum is a continuation of the 21st Century Learning in Natural History Settings project. A key component of the project was the 21st Century Learning in Natural History Settings Conference, held at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, February 12 - 15, 2012. During the conference, 100 participants from across the US and three international sites engaged in a dynamic process of initiating the development of a Call to Action and Learning Research Agenda to guide natural history museums into the future. Since that time, the conversation about the Learning Research Agenda has continued, with articles published by some of the meeting participants and a follow-up meeting at the 2013 Association of Science and Technology Centers conference. In this forum, we invite you to become part of the part process by discussing the contents and role of the updated Learning Research Agenda, share new examples of innovative practice and research in natural history settings, and collaborate with your colleagues in the field on next steps for the field. This forum will be actively moderated from Wednesday, January 29th through Friday, February 7th. For technical questions about using the group and/or the forum, please email caise@informalscience.org.