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  • The Year in Informal STEM Education: CAISE’s Reflections on 2017
    Date: 02/13/2018
    Resource Category: Presentation Slides
    This CAISE report is designed to track and characterize sector growth, change and impact, important publications, hot topics/trends, new players, funding, and other related areas in Informal STEM Education (ISE) in 2017. The goal is to provide information and links for use by ISE professionals, science communicators, and interested stakeholders ... »
  • Tips for Convening a Roundtable Dialogue Event
    Date: 02/01/2018
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    Hubbard Brook Roundtables are a method of face-to-face PES developed by science communication practitioners at a long-term ecological research site in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Hubbard Brook Roundtables use facilitated dialogue with stakeholders and ecologists to harness the power of “ecosystem thinking” to address complex socioscientific ... »
  • Staff matter: Gender differences in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) career interest development in adolescent youth
    Date: 01/24/2018
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    We explore the understudied role of program staff in an out-of-school time (OST) program at a large science museum, which may be especially relevant for supporting underrepresented minority (URM) youth’s interest in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) careers. Using a sequential explanatory mixed-method design, we surveyed 167 program ... »
  • Promoting STEM Interest and Connections to Nature Through a Soundscape Ecology Camp for Students With Visual Impairments
    Date: 01/16/2018
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This article discusses Purdue University's Center for Global Soundscapes' five-day camp program for students with visual impairments. The program follows an inquiry-based learning approach to explore concepts fundamental to soundscape ecology. ... »
  • Science Action Club: Leveraging the Power of Partnerships to Impact Environmental Education at Scale
    Date: 01/16/2018
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This article discusses the Youth in Science Action Club (SAC), which uses citizen science to investigate nature, document their discoveries, share data with the scientific community, and design strategies to protect the planet. Through collaborations with regional and national partners, SAC expands access to environmental science curriculum and ... »
  • Connecting Urban Families With Environmental Science
    Date: 01/16/2018
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This brief discusses the PLUM LANDING Explore Outdoors Toolkit, a new set of free, public media resources designed to help informal educators and parents infuse science learning into outdoor recreation. Developed by trusted media producer WGBH in partnership with researchers at Education Development Center (EDC), the Toolkit aims to get children ( ... »
  • Poster: Building the STEM pipeline through collaboration: Montana Girls STEM Collaborative
    Date: 01/08/2018
    Resource Category: Conference Proceedings
    The Montana Girls STEM Collaborative brings together organizations and individuals throughout Montana who are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The Collaborative offers professional development, networking and collaboration opportunities to adults who offer and ... »
  • The Roots of STEM Success: Changing Early Learning Experiences to Build Lifelong Thinking Skills
    Date: 01/01/2018
    Resource Category: Report
    This position paper, co-authored Center for Childhood Creativity's Director Elizabeth Rood and Director of Research Helen Hadani, details the importance of exposing children ages 0-8 to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) experiences. The review of more than 150 empirical studies led Rood and Hadani to conclude that, despite what has ... »
  • Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Program Solicitation, NSF 17-573
    Date: 01/01/2018
    Resource Category: Funding Solicitation
    This is the solicitation for proposals to the NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program, which seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM ... »
  • Science teacher motivations for repeat attendance at university outreach center professional development programs
    Date: 01/01/2018
    Resource Category: Research Case Study
    This multiple case study analysis investigates the perceptions of four science teachers who are repeat attendees at professional development programs coordinated by a university center. Adult learning theory provided a lens to view the motivated participants of the study and each of the five assumptions were present. Findings revealed three themes ... »

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