Communicating Chemistry in Informal Settings

September 15th, 2012 - August 31st, 2015 | PROJECT

The National Academies of Sciences' Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (BCST) and Board on Science Education (BOSE) are collaborating on a three-year project to develop a framework for effective chemistry communications, outreach, and education in informal settings. The initiative will include a "landscape" study that will synthesize lessons learned from practice along with education and learning science research about chemistry learning and teaching in informal and formal settings. The overall process will define a set of principles for engaging the public with chemistry and embed these principles into a broad framework that chemists and informal science education professionals could use to identify a set of effective strategies for a given audience and a given educational or communication goal. The guidance and tools resulting from this activity, which is a chemistry-specific case study, should be more generally applicable to science and engineering communications, informal education and outreach. Findings are also likely to apply to aspects of formal education.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

Effective Chemistry Communication in Informal Environments
Communicating Chemistry Landscape Study
Communicating Chemistry in Informal Environments: Evaluating Chemistry Outreach Experiences

Team Members

Teresa Fryberger, Principal Investigator, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Dorothy Zolandz, Former Principal Investigator, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Martin Storksdieck, Co-Principal Investigator, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 1238273
Funding Amount: 627551


Audience: Evaluators | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Chemistry | Education and learning science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Public Programs