The Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) works in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Program to strengthen and advance the field of professional informal science education and its infrastructure by providing resources for practitioners, researchers, evaluators and STEM-based professionals. CAISE also facilitates discussion, connection and collaboration across the ISE field — including in media (TV, radio, and film), science centers and museums, zoos and aquariums, botanical gardens and nature centers, cyberlearning and gaming, and youth, community, and out of school time programs.

Established in 2007 with support from the National Science Foundation, CAISE operates as a partnership between core staff at the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) in Washington, D.C. and co-principal investigators at informal science and academic institutions across the country. CAISE is housed at ASTC’s Washington, D.C. offices. ASTC is an international organization of science centers and museums dedicated to public engagement with science among increasingly diverse audiences.