Addressing common challenges to informal STEM education and science communication.
As part of the charge from its current National Science Foundation award, under the Advancing Informal STEM Learning program (no. DRL-1612739), CAISE is charged with exploring opportunities for synergy among those who conduct and/or study informal STEM learning (ISE) and science communication and public engagement activities (SciComm).
In 2017, we convened a set of task forces to address three common challenges that both fields experience: (1) supporting and sustaining generative connections between practice and research, (2) building understanding of and capacity for evaluation and measurement, and (3) broadening participation of underrepresented groups in STEM and informal STEM education.
Pictured: Our kick-off meeting with the Broadening Participation Task Force, held at the 2017 Association of Science-Technology Centers annual conference in San Jose, CA.