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  • Making+Learning in Museums and Libraries: A Practitioner's Guide and Framework
    Date: 06/26/2017
    Resource Category: Report
    This report introduces a framework to support learning in library and museum makerspaces. The framework demonstrates how we can create the conditions for ambitious learning experiences to unfold within the making experience. ... »
  • Maker Lab - Making to Learn: What the Chicago Public Library and its patrons are learning as new members of the maker movement
    Date: 03/31/2015
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    This report describes key findings from the Chicago Public Library (CPL) Maker Lab, a hands-on collaborative learning environment for residents of Chicago to create and design items while enhancing their 21st century skills. The key outcomes of the Maker Lab are building basic literacy; building digital, information, and cultural literacy; ... »
  • Case Study - Exhibit Lab: a Project of the Environmental Exhibit Collaborative
    Date: 01/01/2015
    Resource Category: Research Case Study
    The four New England museums of the Environmental Exhibit Lab (EEC) set out in the Fall of 2011 to create a replicable model of collaborative professional development for small museums. The project, Exhibit Lab (sometimes called “EEC 2”), was funded by a 3-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services [2011 21st Century Museum ... »
  • Poster - Communities of Learning for Urban Environments and Science
    Date: 12/03/2014
    Resource Category: Conference Proceedings
    This poster was presented at the 2014 AISL PI Meeting in Washington DC. It describes the CLUES project that provides STEM education opportunities to families. ... »
  • "Evaluating New England Aquarium’s New Strategy for Visitor Engagement: Interpreting Our Mission for a Changing World"
    Date: 11/19/2014
    Resource Category: Summative
    "In the past several years, New England Aquarium (NEAq) renewed all exhibits, built new additions, and made substantive efforts to restructure its interpretation strategies to transform the visitor experience. With support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant #MA-06-12-0143-12, the Aquarium embarked on A New Strategy for ... »
  • Creating a Collaboration for Ongoing Visitor Experience Studies (C-COVES) White Paper
    Date: 11/03/2014
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    This White Paper summarizes the work of C-COVES, a two-year IMLS-funded project designed to Create a Collaboration for Ongoing Visitor Experience Studies. Specifically, C-COVES was intended to research the feasibility of creating a multi-institutional network of science centers across the country united in studying the visitor experience within ... »
  • STEM 4 ECE - Science, technology, engineering, and math resources for early childhood education faculty and students
    Date: 11/01/2014
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Cañada College will implement the STEM 4 ECE program, which will engage early childhood education (ECE) students in activities to increase their understanding of a comfort with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects. Through partnerships with the San Mateo County Office of Education, the Redwood City Public Library, and with ... »
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium: Project-Based Science Institute
    Date: 10/01/2014
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Monterey Bay Aquarium will provide to 130 middle school teachers its yearlong Project-Based Science Institute professional development program covering strategies for implementing ocean science and conservation project-based science in the classroom. The program includes two levels: Level I Institute will introduce teachers to the concepts, ... »
  • NatureStart Network: Building Nature Play Partnerships for Urban Children and Families
    Date: 10/01/2014
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Brookfield Zoo will develop a model for formal and informal early childhood educators in the Chicago metropolitan area to promote children and family learning (nature play, exploration, and scientific inquiry) within urban environments. In collaboration with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and the Mary Crane and El Valor Head Start ... »
  • Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) in Science
    Date: 10/01/2014
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Wild Center will develop, implement, and disseminate a model program, VTS in Science, for the science museum field adapted from the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) teaching method. In partnership with several museums, educators, and a consulting firm, the Wild Center will use current research to develop informal and formal learning ... »