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

This Week in Informal STEM Education (ISE): March 21st-27th, 2015

This week in informal STEM education, we highlight the 2015 White House Science Fair, Atlanta Science Festival, and #MuseumWeek.

New Book: Documenting and Assessing Learning in Informal and Media-Rich Environments

MIT Press recently published a new book on assessment in informal learning environments. Produced with support from the [...]

Join CAISE for a Twitter Chat About Informal Science Education

On March 26 at 3 PM ET, CAISE will host our first Twitter Chat on informal science education [...]

Erica Ingalls

Graham Durant

Vivian White

Astronomy Educator
Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Night Sky Network

Suzanne Bartholomae

Embracing the Vision of Citizen Science: An Historic Opportunity for Science Centers

This post continues a discussion initiated by Walter Staveloz on the ExhibiTricks blog regarding the adaptability of museums.

SENCER-ISE: Student Engagement in Informal Science Education Through Higher Education Partnerships

SENCER ISE is a three year project funded by the NSF and the Noyce Foundation. The initiative represents the efforts of [...]

Engaging Women in STEM through Informal Learning Experiences

The field of informal STEM education provides opportunities to foster girls’ interest and engagement in STEM.

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 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.