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The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) works in cooperation with the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program to build and advance the informal STEM education field. We do this by providing infrastructure, resources, and connectivity for educators, researchers, evaluators, and other interested stakeholders. CAISE is located at the Association of Science and Technology Centers in Washington, D.C.

CAISE is one of several resource centers funded by the NSF’s Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL) within the Education and Human Resources (EHR) directorate that support and connect principal investigators and their projects.

At our website,, you will find thousands of resources, including funded project descriptions, research literature, evaluation reports, and other documents related to quality, evidence-based informal STEM learning work supported by a diversity of federal, local, and private funders.

Established in 2007, 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. These settings include:


CAISE includes the following 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.

Contact us:

Mailing Address: 818 Connecticut Avenue, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20006 

Tel: (202) 783-7200