National Science Foundation-Funded Projects With Online Learning Products & Resources
On March 18, 2020 the National Science Foundation released the blog Seven NSF-supported STEM resources that are perfect for at-home learning. In addition to those projects, NSF has funded a wide range of innovative informal STEM education work across a variety of settings, resulting in online learning opportunities and resources that are informed by research, evaluation and best practices. CAISE has curated the sample list below from recent awards and some that have updated their outputs in response to COVID-19.
- On March 26, 2020 NSF created a COVID-19 FAQ page for proposers and awardees
- The 2021 NSF Advancing Informal STEM Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Program Awardee meeting will be held virtually, October 19-21.
SciStarter created a matchmaking database that has now connected millions of people to thousands of citizen science project and offers resources for libraries to become community hubs for citizen science.
The Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE) Pathway project recently updated and augmented a collection of over 3,500 activities on the Howtosmile.org website for at home learners.
The Live Science: Co-Creating Investigations with Bird Cams project set up live bird cams that participants can use to observe, collect and analyze data, as well as query and discuss together.
Videos and Podcasts
The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office has produced an audio podcast interview with co-Principal Investigator Carol Lynn Alpert where she discusses considerations and strategies for effective science communication.
The American Spring Live project produced a 3-episode video series in which researchers and citizen scientists investigate how a range of organisms respond to the change of seasons across the country.
The Polar Extremes: Enhancing Experiential Digital Learning project produced a two-hour program that follows the trail of fossils found at the polar extremes of Earth.
Websites with Resources, Apps and other Activities
The Interpreters and Scientists Working On Our Park (iSWOOP) project created a website with resources including interpretive strategies and related scholarship.
The Climate Matters Network project created a Media Library resource page with links to workshops and webinars, community Facebook pages and loop-able backgrounds.
The Combining Craft and Performance to Teach Physical Computing created a website with how-to guides for early middle schoolers to build puppets that involve simple circuits.
The Parent-Child STEM Learning Using Interactive Media developed an interactive website media to explore marine science topics that includes videos, games, and activities for children 2-8 years old.
Conference Materials and Resources
The Conference on Mobile Position Awareness Systems and Solutions project produced conference proceedings that include talk summaries, case studies and museum mobile technology timeline.
The Generating Engagement and New Initiatives for All Latinos Summit project generated a list of resources including websites, blogs, podcasts and scholarship for engaging Latinx audiences with informal STEM learning.
The Conference on Informal STEM Learning in Rural Settings project produced a final report for researchers, informal STEM educators, and program developers who work in rural settings.
The Head Start on Engineering Program project created a program guide is an introduction for educators and managers at Head Start centers, museums, or other early childhood or informal learning institutions.