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  • Head Start on Engineering: Teachers, Informal STEM Educators, and Learning Researchers Collaborating to Engage Low-Income Families With Engineering
    Date: 10/16/2017
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    The Head Start on Engineering project engages parents and children in a multicomponent family engineering program that includes professional development for teachers, workshops for parents, take-home family activity kits, home visits, classroom extensions, and a culminating field trip to a science center. Throughout their lives, children from low ... »
  • Street Smarts: Experiments in Urban Social Science
    Date: 10/01/2017
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    As part of its overall strategy to enhance learning in informal environments, the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program funds innovative research, approaches and resources for use in a variety of settings. To bring research on social psychology to public urban environments, the Street Smarts project will produce an outdoor learning ... »
  • Seeding the Future: Blending Urban Gardening With Community Outreach and STEM Learning
    Date: 05/15/2017
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Learn how to create opportunities for young people from low-income, ethnically diverse communities to learn about growing food, doing science, and how science can help them contribute to their community in positive ways. The authors developed a program that integrates hydroponics (a method of growing plants indoors without soil) into both in- ... »
  • The Makerspace Movement: Sites of Possibilities for Equitable Opportunities to Engage Underrepresented Youth in STEM
    Date: 03/06/2017
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Large gaps in achievement and interest in science and engineering [STEM] persist for youth growing up in poverty, and in particular for African American and Latino youth. Within the informal community, the recently evolving “maker movement” has evoked interest for its potential role in breaking down longstanding barriers to learning and attainment ... »
  • SciGirls Strategies: Using Gender-Equitable Teaching Strategies and STEM Video Narratives to Engage Girls in Nontraditional STEM Fields
    Date: 01/17/2017
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    SciGirls Strategies is a National Science Foundation–funded project led by Twin Cities PBS (TPT) in partnership with St. Catherine University, the National Girls Collaborative, and XSci (The Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative) at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Center for STEM Learning. This three-year initiative aims to ... »
  • Modeling Collaboration for Learning: Selected Models of Educator Professional Development from the Science Museum of Minnesota
    Date: 01/17/2017
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    The Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) leverages a professional educator team (“instructors”) comprised of about two dozen individuals who facilitate both formal and informal educational programming in the museum, in K–12 classrooms, and at community-based sites. The experienced instructors of SMM’s Lifelong Learning Group bring innovative programs ... »
  • Skynet Junior Scholars: Professional Development to Support STEM Exploration in a Variety of Settings
    Date: 12/14/2016
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Informal learning opportunities are increasingly being recognized as important for youth participation in authentic experiences at the intersection of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) (Dorsen, Carlson, and Goodyear 2006). These experiences may involve specialized equipment and dedicated time for learners to gain familiarity with ... »
  • Contribution of Multimedia to Girls’ Experience of Citizen Science
    Date: 11/18/2016
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    The mixed methods randomized experimental study assessed a model of engagement and education that examined the contribution of SciGirls multimedia to fifth grade girls’ experience of citizen science. The treatment group (n = 49) experienced 2 hours of SciGirls videos and games at home followed by a 2.5 hour FrogWatch USA citizen science session. ... »
  • Promoting Equitable Access to STEM in a Summer Herpetology Fieldwork Program
    Date: 11/15/2016
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    The lack of equitable access to science learning for marginalized groups is now a significant concern in the science education community (Bell et al. 2009). In our commitment to addressing these concerns, we (the HERP Project staff) have spent four years exploring different ways to increase diverse student participation in our informal science ... »
  • A Hub for STEM Learning
    Date: 11/15/2016
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    The Exploratorium Teacher Institute (TI) is a teacher professional development center that offers comprehensive, multiyear professional learning institutes; classroom coaching and mentoring; and teaching tools to middle and high school science teachers. The TI staff is composed of a team of PhD scientists and veteran secondary science educators ... »

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