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  • SCC-RCN: Polycentric Development Toward the Vision of 21st Century Main Street in Virginia
    Date: 09/01/2017
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Cities and communities in the U.S. and around the world are entering a new era of transformational change, in which their inhabitants and the surrounding built and natural environments are increasingly connected by smart technologies, leading to new opportunities for innovation, improved services, and enhanced quality of life. The Smart and ... »
  • Combining Media and Messaging to Engage Underserved Families in STEM Learning: A Study
    Date: 09/01/2017
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    WNET, working with Education Development Center, will lead a small scale Innovations in Development effort to develop, research, and evaluate a new model to engage underserved families in STEM learning. The new endeavor, Cyberchase: Mobile Adventures in STEM, will build on the proven impact of the public media mathematics series Cyberchase and the ... »
  • Ruff Family Science: Researching factors that support intergenerational science learning in adult education contexts
    Date: 09/01/2017
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    As part of its overall strategy to enhance learning in informal environments, the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to, and evidence-based understanding of, the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments. This includes providing multiple pathways for broadening access to and ... »
  • Virtual Ice Explorer: Immersively Experiencing Changing Glacial Landscapes
    Date: 09/01/2017
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Glaciers around the world are undergoing dramatic changes. Many people, however, have a limited understanding of the scope of these changes because they are geographically distant and difficult to visualize. Although both digital learning tools and online scientific data repositories have greatly expanded over the last decade, there is currently ... »
  • EAGER: Maker: Engaging Parents as Makers to Build Capacity for Community-Based Making
    Date: 09/01/2017
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Maker movement has grown considerably over the past decade, both in the USA and internationally. Several varieties of "making" have been developed, but there are still many important questions to ask and research to conduct about how different programmatic structures may relate to the potential impact Maker programs can have on individuals and ... »
  • Embodied Physics: STEM Learning for Under-Represented Youth
    Date: 09/01/2017
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    A collaboration of TERC, MIT, The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and community-based dance centers in Boston, this exploratory project seeks to address two main issues in informal science learning: 1) broadening participation in science by exploring how to expand science access to African-American and Latino youth and 2) augmenting science ... »
  • Library and afterschool partnerships: How afterschool providers are working together with public libraries
    Date: 09/01/2017
    Resource Category: Report
    How do afterschool programs view their local public libraries? Are they working with them, and in what ways? These are the questions that the Afterschool Alliance, along with its partners at the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) and the American Library Association, wanted to answer. Overall, our goal is to ... »
  • Applying Game Design Principles for Supporting Computational Literacy Experiences in Museum Exhibits
    Date: 09/01/2017
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Becoming computationally literate is increasingly crucial to everyday life and to expanding workforce capacity. Research suggests that computational literacy--knowing what, when, how, and why to use the ideas of computer science, in combination with the capacity to view problems and potential solutions through the lens of computational structures ... »
  • Leap into Science: Cultivating a National Network for Informal Science and Literacy
    Date: 09/01/2017
    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. This project will develop a national infrastructure of state and regional partnerships to scale up The Franklin Institute's proven ... »
  • Conference Evaluation: Maximizing Collective Impact Through Cross-Sector Partnerships
    Date: 08/31/2017
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    This report presents findings from an evaluation of the Maximizing Collective Impact Through Cross-Sector Partnerships planning meeting conducted by RK&A, Inc. for the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE). The meeting, which took place in March 2017, was funded through the National Science Foundation's Advancing Informal ... »

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