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An online community and collection of informal STEM learning projects, evaluation, and research resources.

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Informalscience.org collects and shares informal science education (ISE) projects, evaluation reports, and research. We also pull together resources from multiple websites serving the ISE field into one collection.

About Our Collection 

Find out more about the 2014 National Science Foundation Advancing Informal STEM Learning Program Principal Investigator Meeting, which will take place August 20-22 in Washington, DC.

2014 AISL PI Meeting 

ISE experiences offer dynamic, creative platforms for communicating science to learners of all ages. InformalScience.org has strategies and examples for this work from a variety of environments, institutions and projects.

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Small Matters

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2014 AISL PI Meeting

This Group has been created to document and share inputs, discussions, and other resources for the 2014 AISL PI Meeting in Washington, DC. Scroll down to the Group Documents section to find important documents related to the meeting, such as the draft agenda and information about poster sessions. Information about breakout session topic threads will be posted in the Group Forum as it becomes available. To turn off notifications when people post to the Group, click on the "Forum Subscriptions" link on the Group Home page. Please click the "send email to organizer" button to ask a question about how to use the Group.

Science Learning+ Open Space Discussion

This group is to document the Science Learning+ event that took place at the National Science Foundation (NSF) on May 23rd, 2014 from 12:30 to 5:30 PM ET. The notes are available to anyone who is interested in accessing them. Please visit the group forum for discussion notes and links to relevant resources. More information about Science Learning+ can be found in the NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) solicitation.

CAISE BI+ISE Curation Group

As part of our work to support and advance the efforts of science researchers and administrators of education and outreach, CAISE has put together this group to help us curate content for a new InformalScience.org webpage that will highlight exemplary Broader Impacts + Informal Science Education resources for scientists, STEM-based professionals, and university/lab administrators of education and outreach. We will use this group to facilitate sharing and discussion surrounding materials throughout the curation group process.

STEM Learning is Everywhere Informal Science Group

The purpose of this group is to continue the discussion of the informal science group from the "STEM is Everywhere" meeting that took place at the Beckman Center in Irvine, CA from February 9 - 11, 2014. The discussion will focus on "changing the vision of science learning" that was presented by Margaret Honey in the group's report-out. Please see the Next Steps Summary and the meeting notes in the Group Documents list for a summary of what was discussed. Please note that this is a closed group; you must have been present at the original meeting to join.