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  • Street Smarts: Experiments in Urban Social Science
    Date: 10/01/2017
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Exploratorium, in collaboration with the city of San Francisco, the Tenderloin and Civic Center communities, and national museum-community partners, are excited to announce Street Smarts: Experiments in Urban Social Science, a project to bring research on social psychology to public urban environments. Street Smarts combines recent work by the ... »
  • Ciencia Pública: Summative Report
    Date: 04/12/2017
    Resource Category: Summative
    Ciencia Pública is a National Science Foundation (NSF) -funded initiative in which the Exploratorium, in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco (BGCSF), developed a parklet to engage Latino families in STEM content. The Parklet is located in San Francisco’s Mission District (the Mission), a historically Latino neighborhood. ... »
  • Science Learning +: Broadening Participation in STEM through Transdisciplinary Youth Development Activities
    Date: 04/01/2017
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Co-led by the University of Washington and Science Gallery Dublin, this project aims to drive and transform the next generation of broadening participation efforts targeting teen-aged youth from communities historically underrepresented in STEM fields. This project investigates how out-of-school time (OST) programs that integrate epistemic ... »
  • Methods development for systematic investigation of factors driving outcomes in informal STEM environmental education programs
    Date: 09/01/2016
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Youth environmental education (EE) programs often serve as gateway experiences in which diverse audiences engage in informal science learning. While there is evidence that these programs can have positive impacts on participants, little empirical research has been conducted to determine what makes one program more successful than another. To be ... »
  • Playful Mathematics: An Exploration of Design and Learning
    Date: 08/01/2016
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Mathematics is a notoriously disliked subject; there is so little stigma associated with being "bad at math", that educated adults openly describe themselves in this way. There are many reasons for math's unpopularity; chief among them is that school mathematics seldom offers opportunities to engage with the richness of this potentially ... »
  • Science on the Move: A Design-Based Research Study of Informal STEM Learning in Public Spaces - Pre-Proofing Manuscript
    Date: 04/27/2016
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This article describes a design-based research (DBR) study conducted as part of a larger initiative, Science on the Move, intended to bring non-facilitated and unexpected science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning experiences to public transit stations. Drawing from prior research on situational interest, pedestrian navigation, and ... »
  • Poster - Indianapolis: City as a Living Laboratory (iCaLL); Science Learning For Resilient Cities
    Date: 03/07/2016
    Resource Category: Conference Proceedings
    This poster was presented at the 2016 Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) PI Meeting held in Bethesda, MD on February 29-March 2. Indianapolis: City as a Living Laboratory (NSF Grant #DRL-1323117) examines how different public art mediums can serve as conduits for informal science learning at a city-wide scale. ... »
  • The Golden Gate Bridge As An Informal Science Education Resource: Summative Evaluation Report
    Date: 11/01/2015
    Resource Category: Summative
    Since its completion in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge has become one of the world’s most recognized landmarks as both an iconic public works accomplishment and a popular tourist destination. In 2008, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a $3 million grant to the Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District to leverage this ... »
  • Ocean Sciences for Rural Communities via Informal Science Education
    Date: 09/15/2015
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Ocean science is important for the public to understand as the impact of water as a resource has become more significant in recent years. As part of its overall strategy to enhance learning in informal environments, the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program funds innovative resources for use in a variety of settings including rural ... »
  • Tripping Over Science: Taking STEM Exhibits Outside of the Museum
    Date: 02/24/2015
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    This document is a “think piece” about why and how informal science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education institutions could be placing amusing, novel experiences in people’s paths to create memorable STEM experiences embedded in their everyday lives. The report focuses on what we learned about creating interactive STEM exhibits in ... »