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The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) was a resource center for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program from 2007-2022. It was charged to build and advance the informal STEM education field by providing infrastructure, resources, and connectivity for educators, researchers, evaluators, and other interested stakeholders.

CAISE created the website,, by combining content from several websites with similar goals to serve the informal STEM learning field. It is noted as a crowdsourced repository containing project descriptions, research, and evaluation instruments which have contributed to the field since the early 2000s.

CAISE has convened task forces, inquiry groups, convenings, and principal investigator meetings that are designed to facilitate discussion and identify needs and opportunities for those who design for, research, or evaluate informal STEM learning experiences and settings.



CAISE consisted of core staff at the Association of Science and Technology Centers in Washington, D.C., and a network of co–principal investigators based at academic institutions and informal STEM education organizations across the United States.

Co-Principal Investigators

The following co–Principal Investigators contribute to the project’s vision and the development of CAISE activities and resources.