The Rural Informal STEM Conference: Final Report

Friday, September 14, 2018
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Conference Proceedings | Reference Materials | Report
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Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Conferences
Administration/Leadership/Policymakers | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals | Scientists
Education and learning science | General STEM
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Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance

The Rural Informal STEM Conference (RISC), sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and held at its headquarters on September 13–14, 2018, was the first of its kind to bring together key innovators and experts in rural STEM learning outside of school. People who live in rural settings are a frequently overlooked and significantly under-represented STEM audience, who number roughly 60 million Americans.

The conference addressed questions about the overall status of informal (out of school) STEM learning in rural places, including the following: How do we define rural places? What are promising practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion in these places? How can STEM programs build community support for their work? How can such programs assess their impacts appropriately?

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Team Members

Kate KasteleinKate KasteleinAuthor
Sue AllenPrincipal Investigator
Tom KellerCo-Principal Investigator
Jan MokrosJan MokrosCo-Principal Investigator
Corrine KaczmarekCorrine KaczmarekContributor
Sam TheriaultContributor
Asia WilliamsAsia WilliamsContributor

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