Lessons Learned from and for the Field: Cultivating a National Network for Informal Science and Literacy through Leap into Science

December 1st, 2023 | EVALUATION

This document summarizes lessons learned from implementing Leap into Science: Cultivating a National Network for Informal Science and Literacy (Leap into Science) from 2017-2023. This project occurred across varied informal education settings, sectors, and states. We offer these reflections so that others might understand the project’s successes and, most importantly, its challenges and apply them to your considerations when scaling an informal science or literacy education program. Through our learnings, we aim to support program directors, developers, implementers, evaluators, and funders as they plan for, design, and refine current and future programs



Team Members

Sara Greller, Education Development Center
Karen Peterson, Author, National Girls Collaborative Project
Sheila James, Author, Ohio Afterschool Network
Erin Stafford, Author, Education Development Center
Darryl Williams, Author, The Franklin Institute
Emily Early, Author, National Girls Collaborative Project
Sharon Rollins, Author
Andrea Foster, Author, The Franklin Institute


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Award Number: 1712878


Access and Inclusion: Rural | Urban
Audience: Educators | Teachers | Evaluators | Families | Learning Researchers | Middle School Children (11-13) | Pre-K Children (0-5)
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM | Literacy
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports
Environment Type: Library Programs | Museum and Science Center Programs | Public Programs