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  • Evaluation Report for “Roads Taken” Youth Programs Virtual Conference
    Date: 12/15/2016
    Resource Category: Summative
    “The Roads Taken” virtual conference was part of a three-phase research project designed to explore the very long-term impact of STEM youth programs (such as the iconic YouthALIVE program). In this first phase, a virtual conference was held to engage youth program practitioners in the development and testing of a Program Profile prototype, a ... »
  • 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 ... »
  • Climate Change Education: Effective Practices for Working with Educators, Scientists, Decision Makers and the Public
    Date: 12/12/2016
    Resource Category: Report
    Produced by the Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) Alliance, the "Climate Change Education: Effective Practices for Working with Educators, Scientists, Decision Makers and the Public" guide provides recommendations for effective education and communication practices when working with different types of audiences. While effective education ... »
  • Staff Facilitation that Supports Family Learning at Exhibits
    Date: 12/01/2016
    Resource Category: Research Products
    Front-line staff are an integral part of the visitor experience at museums and science centers across the country, facilitating activities and programs, leading classes, and more. But do these staff make a difference for visitor learning? And what are the most effective facilitation strategies and approaches? In 2013, the Oregon Museum of Science ... »
  • Peep and the Big Wide World: User Experience Study
    Date: 12/01/2016
    Resource Category: Formative
    PEEP and the Big Wide World/El Mundo Divertido de PEEP is a bilingual, NSF- funded public media project that uses animation, live-action videos, games, mobile apps, hands-on science activities to motivate preschool-age children to investigate the world around them. Online, PEEP extends children’s science and math learning with a mobile-friendly ... »
  • CryptoClub Afterschool and Online: Broad Implementation
    Date: 12/01/2016
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    As a part of its overall strategy to enhance learning in informal environments, the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program funds research and innovative resources for use in a variety of settings. This Broad Implementation project would scale up the CryptoClub Project, an afterschool and online program designed to engage middle school ... »
  • STEM Equity in Informal Learning Settings: The Role of Public Libraries
    Date: 12/01/2016
    Resource Category: Report
    Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and programming has become a priority in our nation. In the United States, the STEM pipeline is considered "leaky" as many students disengage from STEM at various points during their lives. In particular, women, Latinos, and African Americans are more likely to disengage from the ... »
  • Collaborative Research: NSF INCLUDES - Changing the Face of STEM in the U.S. Virgin Islands through Targeted Interventions to Expand Opportunities and Broaden Participation
    Date: 12/01/2016
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    A non-technical description of the project test explains its significance and importance. The goal of this project is to help students easily identify themselves as science or engineering professionals and increase the proportion of the local population, dominantly minorities, who pursue science and technology careers. Experience has demonstrated ... »
  • Implementing Effective STEM Programming in Public Libraries: Eight Recommendations
    Date: 12/01/2016
    Resource Category: Report
    Public libraries are becoming an important place for informal science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for K-12 students and their families, as well as for adult education activities that support STEM workforce development. This report provides public librarians, administrators and collaborating organizations a brief ... »
  • 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. ... »