What is the role of informal science education in supporting the vision for K-12 science education?

February 6th, 2015 | RESEARCH

There can be a mistaken impression that the new vision for K-12 science education is only relevant to classroom science instruction. But youth frequently engage in powerful science and engineering activities that take place after or outside-of-school. They learn STEM content, engage in STEM practices, and develop an understanding of how STEM is used in the world. To capitalize on those assets, educators and other stakeholders should learn about, leverage, and broker connections for youth across the STEM learning experiences available in and out of school.


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Team Members

Philip Bell, Author, University of Washington
Bronwyn Bevan, Author, Exploratorium

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Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Education and learning science | Engineering | General STEM | Mathematics | Technology
Resource Type: Research Brief | Research Products
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs | Media and Technology | Public Programs