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.

Search and Browse Informal Education Resources

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.


Recent Site Activity

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.

Jennifer Bricken

Senior Manager, Outreach & Evaluation

Keri Stoever

Public Programs Manager
Koshland Science Museum

james piercy

Mark Winterbottom

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

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.

Dimensions of Success (DoS) Observation Tool

The Dimensions of Success observation tool, or DoS, pinpoints twelve indicators of STEM program quality in out-of-school time.

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+ test run

To see if folks can easily log in to the CAISE website and a practice for the upcoming SL+ forum.

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


This group was created to allow CAISE staff to demo and test the Groups functionality on InformalScience.org.