NSF AISL PI Meeting 2016


It was with great pleasure that the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) hosted the 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Program Principal Investigator (PI) Meeting from February 29-March 2, 2016, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel in North Bethesda, MD.

Slides and resources from the Technical Assistance sessions, and keynote address by NSF Education and Human Resources Deputy Assistant Director Jim Lewis are available via the links below. A pdf version of the special issue of the Science Education and Civic Engagement Journal dedicated to the late Alan Friedman, original co-Principal Investigator and Advisor on CAISE, is free to download and available to view here.

Other resources shared during the meeting, and notes from the Concurrent and Open Space sessions will be available soon, so please check back in the coming days and weeks.

CAISE extends a heartfelt thank you to all the principal investigators, co-principal investigators, project leaders, evaluators, researchers, NSF program officers and staff, as well as program officers from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Education, and the National Park Service who participated and contributed their time, knowledge, work and thinking to the meeting.

If you participated in the meeting and would like to continue any of the dialogue that began in the Technical Assistance, Concurrent, or Open Space sessions, please visit the  2016 NSF AISL PI Meeting Online Forum.  For further questions about the content of the meeting, documentation, and next steps, please contact us at caise@informalscience.org.

Download the meeting program (pdf)

View Posters from the Meeting

Technical Assistance Sessions

Keynote Address from the National Science Foundation Education and Human Resources Deputy Assistant Director Jim Lewis

Concurrent Session Presentation about the National Science Foundation INCLUDES Initiative

Presentation from Westat on Findings from the AISL Online Project Monitoring System (OPMS)

Notes from the following Concurrent Sessions are available upon request. Please contact CAISE at caise@informalscience.org.

  • Broadening Participation: The NSF INCLUDES Initiative and Implication and Directions for Informal STEM Education
  • Public Participation in STEM Research: Citizen Science
  • Connecting Research and Practice: How to Create a More Equitable Relationship 
  • Cyberlearning and Computer Science 
  • Documenting Impact Over the Long-Term and Across the Ecosystem 
  • Media and Technology in the Learning Ecosystem 
  • The Research Behind How We Measure Learning and Engagement 
  • Strategies for Sharing Project Resources, Findings, and Professional Development Through Networks and Resource Centers