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  • Poster: Visitor Interests and the Dynamics of Interpreter-Visitor Conversations in National Parks
    Date: 07/19/2019
    Resource Category: Conference Proceedings
    This poster was presented at the 2018 Visitor Studies Association Conference. iSWOOP is a multi-year, multi-focus project, bringing national park-based research to visitors through innovative scientist-park ranger collaborations. As part of this study, researchers at the Institute for Learning Innovation set out to understand how visitor interests ... »
  • Learning about Learning: The Story Behind the Story
    Date: 11/27/2018
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Experiences-including museum experiences- that are packaged as stories are more likely to be remembered by both children and adults. For museum visitors, the simple act of narrating what they've done even no more than ten minutes ago can make their experience more meaningful and memorable. How connections are made between a museum experience and ... »
  • Youth Teamwork Skills Survey: Manual and Survey
    Date: 11/21/2018
    Resource Category: Survey
    STEM out-of-school time (OST) programs play an important role in helping youth develop the 21st century skills they need to prepare them for the workforce, particularly the teamwork skills necessary for the growing collaborative nature of work in STEM (National Research Council, 2015). However, there is a lack of appropriate tools to evaluate this ... »
  • The Exploratorium’s Explainer Program: The Long-Term Impacts on Teenagers of Teaching Science to the Public
    Date: 11/19/2018
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This paper summarizes a study from 1987 on the Exploratorium's Explainer program. The Explainers serve as the primary staff available to the public on the floor of the museum. The purpose of the study was to determine whether science museums, through such programs, can significantly affect students' social development, their attitudes toward ... »
  • Learning Through Citizen Science: Enhancing Opportunities by Design
    Date: 11/15/2018
    Resource Category: Book
    In the last twenty years, citizen science has blossomed as a way to engage a broad range of individuals in doing science. Citizen science projects focus on, but are not limited to, nonscientists participating in the processes of scientific research, with the intended goal of advancing and using scientific knowledge. A rich range of projects extend ... »
  • Making Connections Practitioner Guide
    Date: 11/07/2018
    Resource Category: Report
    This guide offers insight into community engagement practices and activity development from our making and equity project, Making Connections. It includes documentation and recommendations for work that is designed to engage community partners as equal partners, and is written most of all for other practitioners. ... »
  • A Recent Conference on Out-of-School STEM Learning in Rural Settings: Interim Report
    Date: 10/29/2018
    Resource Category: Report
    The Rural Informal STEM Learning Conference, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and held at its headquarters on September 13–14, 2018, was the first of its kind to bring together key innovators and experts in rural STEM learning outside of school. People who live in rural settings are a frequently overlooked and significantly under ... »
  • Companion To Science-Based Feature Films
    Date: 10/19/2018
    Resource Category: Glossary/Index
    A science-based companion guide to 46 feature films—including HIDDEN FIGURES, THE MARTIAN, PRIMER, and THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT. Each film received development or distribution support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation because of its scientific content. The guide indexes each film by scientific subject matter and provides supplemental ... »
  • Discussion Guide to Short Science-Related Films
    Date: 10/19/2018
    Resource Category: Glossary/Index
    The Sloan Science & Film Teacher's Guide indexes by scientific subject matter over 50 short fiction films funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, that can be streamed for free anytime. The Guide offers an introduction, teaching framework, study questions, and additional resources. Each film is correlated with Next Generation Science ... »
  • Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy
    Date: 10/15/2018
    Resource Category: Book
    Citizen science, the active participation of the public in scientific research projects, is a rapidly expanding field in open science and open innovation. It provides an integrated model of public knowledge production and engagement with science. As a growing worldwide phenomenon, it is invigorated by evolving new technologies that connect people ... »

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