2016 AISL Awards Now Available on

Posted by
Grace Troxel
November 18, 2016

Abstracts and team members from projects who received awards in 2016 from the National Science Foundation’s Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program (as well as co-funded awards) are now available on You can search and filter these project pages using the advanced search on the homepage, or browse the list below.

Congratulations to the new awardees!

2016 AISL Awards, Listed by Award Number

1516191 - STEM in the PlayScape: Building Knowledge for Educational Practice

1545851 - Micro-Credentials as Evidence of Preparation for Future Learning: An Ideation and Design Workshop

1550463 - SI2-SSI: Advancing and Mobilizing Citizen Science Data through an Integrated Sustainable Cyber-Infrastructure

1564535 - Nationwide Preparation for the Eclipse of 21 August 2017

1602284 - Signing Glossaries for Science Exhibits

1607630 - Chronicling a Major Scientific Breakthrough: a Longitudinal Video Documentary of Advanced LIGO and the Beginning of Gravitational Wave Astrophysics

1607742, 1612660, 1612770,  - Collaborative Research: Debugging Failure: Fostering Youth Academic Resilience in Computer Science

1608810 - Northwest Passage Project

1611143 - Generating Engagement and New Initiatives for All Latinos (GENIAL): Informal Science Education Para Todos

1611685 - Understanding Physics through Collaborative Design and Play

1611953 - Science Cafes: Modeling and Assessing a Structured Adult Informal Science Education Program

1611985, 1612375 - Collaborative Research: A study of How Pre-College Informal Activities Influence Female Participation in STEM Careers

1612311 - A Study in the Integration of Western Knowledge and Native American Knowledge Bases

1612376 - Maximizing Collective Impact Through Cross-Sector Partnerships: Planning a SENCER and NISE Net Collaboration

1612400 - Developing and studying the replication of Math Corps, an out-of-school-time mathematics program for urban youth

1612416 - Methods development for systematic investigation of factors driving outcomes in informal STEM environmental education programs

1612454 - Mentoring and Training Novice Math Circle Leaders

1612482 - ChemAttitudes: Using Design-Based Research to Develop and Disseminate Strategies and Materials to Support Chemistry Interest, Relevance, and Self-Efficacy

1612485 - Think Globally, Interact Locally: Advancing Science Learning using Interactive Spherical Displays to Model Global, Physical Systems

1612512 - Broad Implementation of the Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning, and Expertise Sharing Professional Learning Model for Outdoor Science Programs

1612515 - A Reflecting on Practice Professional Learning Program

1612527 - Informal Learning in Computer Science: Social and Conceptual Factors Related to Women's Persistence

1612533 - CryptoClub Afterschool and Online: Broad Implementation

1612554 - Advancing Informal Environmental STEM Literacy & Learning: A Co-Created Citizen Science Rainwater Harvesting in Underserved Communities

1612555 - RAIN - Rural Activation and Innovation Network

1612577 - Developing Guidelines for Designing Challenging and Rewarding Interactive Science Exhibits

1612605 - SciGirls CONNECT2: Investigating the Use of Gender Equitable Teaching Strategies to Support STEM Identity Development in Youth

1612616 - An informal learning model of genetic and genomic education for adult, bilingual learners

1612619, 1612644 - Collaborative Research: Mixing Learning Experiences for Computer Programming Across Museums, Classrooms, and the Home Using Computational Music

1612640 - iPAGE - Developing a Model for Broadening Participation in Informal STEM Institutions

1612642 - Digital Media and Parent/Child Engagement Resources to Increase Preschool Computational Thinking

1612643 - Bringing Science Home with PEEP: Engaging Parents and Preschool Children in Science Exploration

1612650 - Promoting Lifelong STEM learning through a Focus on Conservation, Geospatial Technology and Community Engagement

1612686 - Combining Craft and Performance to Teach Physical Computing

1612688 - Project RESET: Refugee Youth Engaging in Critical STEM Literacy and Learning

1612699, 1612729 - STEM Matters: Investigating the Confluence of Visitor and Institutional Learning Agendas

1612739 - Center for Advancement of Informal STEM Education

1612741 - Enhancing Weather and Climate Learning with Fluid Earth Viewer (FEVer)

1612744 - Intelligent Science Exhibits: Transforming Hands-on Exhibits into Mixed-Reality Learning Experiences

1612747 - Child Trends News Service: Advancing Social Science Knowledge to Benefit Hispanic Families

1612775 - Sustaining and Expanding Mobile Making in Underserved Communities

1612782 - STEM Justice: Building Youth Science Capital

1612823 - Creating an Early Childhood STEM Ecosystem

1612824 - Research on an International Network for STEM Media Making and Student-Led Participatory Teaching

1612831 - Visitor Interactions in Microbiology: A New Genre of Science Museum Exhibits

1612840 - Parent-Child STEM Learning Using Interactive Media.

1612848 - Geo-literacy Education in Micronesia

1614239, 1614548 - Collaborative Research: WAVES - A STEM-Powered Youth News Network for the Nation

1623018 - EAGER: MAKER: bioMAKERlab: A Wetlab and Starter Activities for Promoting Synthetic Biology in High School Classes and Workshops

1623404, 1623453 - COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: Culturally Responsive Making: Developing High-Low Tech Maker Activities in Local and Mobile Spaces for Supporting American Indian Youth

1623543 - Making in The Colonias: Motivating STEM Participation through a Making as Micro-Manufacturing Model

1623550 - EAGER: MAKER: The Design and Engineering of Scientific Instrumentation as a Pathway for Introducing Making into High School Science Classrooms

1623969 - Learning to See, Seeing to Learn: A Sociotechnical System Supporting Taxonomic Identification Activities in Volunteer-Based Water Quality Biomonitoring

1628937 - DIP: Game-based Assessment and Support of STEM-related Competencies

1630154 - Orchestral Innovations in Science Education (OISE): An Experiment in Informal STEAM Learning

1637350 - EAGER: Smart and Connected Communities: Reducing Friction in the L3 Connects Infrastructure: Embedding a recommender system into mobile apps to support real-time brokering

1637358 - EAGER: Smart and Connected Communities: Reducing the Friction in the L3 Connects Infrastructure through the Integration of SMART Technologies

1639150 - INSPIRE: A Data-Driven Approach toward Exploring Natural and Anthropogenic Methane Emissions in Regions of Shale Gas Development

1639342 - INFEWS/T3: Reducing Household Food, Energy and Water Consumption: A Quantitative Analysis of Interventions and Impacts of Conservation

1639478 - Immersive Educational Game Simulations to Enhance Understanding of Corn-Water-Ethanol-Beef System Nexus

1640726 - Assessing the Landscape for Creating High School STEM Research Experiences Within Living Laboratory

1641257 - Explaining the National Assessment of Educational Progress 2013-2015 Mathematics Decline

1643313 - Playful Mathematics: An Exploration of Design and Learning

1644314, 1644321 - Collaborative Research: Validity Evidence for Measurement in Mathematics Education

1644479 - Roads Taken - Long-term Impacts of STEM Youth Programs: Conference

1644554 - I-Corps L: Leveraging Citizen Science Pathways To Connect Millions Of People With Citizen Science Tools

1647219 - WORKSHOP: Enhancing robustness and generalizability in the social and behavioral sciences