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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 

This collaborative effort is a UK/US funding partnership that seeks to strengthen the research and knowledge base on the impact of informal STEM experiences and settings in both countries.

Science Learning+ 

Access peer-reviewed articles from thousands of learning research journals through EBSCO’s Education Research Complete database, available to logged- in members of InformalScience.org.

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Recent Site Activity

NSF DRL Seeks New Program Directors

The National Science Foundation Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings seeks temporary Program [...]

Survey on Communities of Practice for Librarians and the STEM Community

You are invited to participate in an online survey seeking to identify the differences, if any, in Communities of Practice [...]

NEH Projects on InformalScience.org

NEH project descriptions are now available on InformalScience.org

Communication, Public Engagement, Broader Impacts: What Does it All Mean?

Engagement, outreach, education, communication, broader impacts. All of these terms were used in more than 20 sessions [...]

Quantum Coherence: Partnering Beyond Nano

As one of the founders of the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network, Carol Lynn Alpert of the Museum of Science, [...]

Teaching through place to promote cultural and biotic diversity and well-being

This research brief from Relating Research to Practice (RR2P) explores place-based learning to promote inquiry and engagement.

CAISE Staff

This group was created to allow CAISE staff to demo the groups functionality.

 
Sheldon Research Team

Private Foundation focused on many areas of scientific research. Each member brings there own expertise to the table and is given individual research for a certain period of time. Meetings every month go over recently completed research and assign new task + talk about upcoming issues. Friendly, hard-working common-sense people wanted. Drop me an application on joemartin7471@gmail.com and I'll get back ASAP.

 
Multi-Institution Science Center Effects Study Workshop

Welcome to the first national workshop in support of the Multi-Institution Science Center Effects Study. This NSF-funded project, which includes two workshops and two online forum discussions, is designed to directly support a national research effort to advance understanding of the effects science centers have on their communities. On October 17, 2014, a group of research and science center experts from across the country will convene for the first of two workshops to learn more about the multi-institution research study and discuss how the research can best address science center questions, issues, and concerns. The goal of this first online forum is to begin these conversations and prepare participants for the upcoming workshop.The project is led by John Falk, Oregon State University, Institute for Learning Innovation. The workshop and forum will also be moderated by: Scott Pattison, Institute for Learning Innovation, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry; Kate Tinworth, ExposeYourMuseum; David Bibas, California Science Center; Steve Fifield, Franklin Institute; and Sharon Kortman, Arizona Science Center.

 
Media and Interactive/Online/Mobile Technologies for Informal STEM Learning

This Group builds on and proposes to sustain the conversations that have taken place in convenings on media-related STEM learning, including the CAISE Media Convenings in July 2011 and March 2012, as well as the Open Space discussions at the recent PI meeting. Our goal is to understand and leverage the rapid changes in media and technology today to improve informal STEM learning. Our goal is to be inclusive rather than exclusive, because media and technology today have the potential to intersect with and enhance every form of informal science education. So we include traditional mass media, short and long-form television, radio, film, large format and digital media. We also include online learning platforms, computer-based games, social media, affinity spaces and mobile technologies. We hope the discussion will inform the application of these technologies to museums, zoos and science centers, just as the development of new types of interactive technologies in these spaces, such as immersive 3D, is informing other media applications. Content from the existing site at www.caisemedia.org will be added here in the coming weeks.