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  • Date: 12/19/2014
    Resource Category!: Mass Media Article
    In this book, Brian G. Southwell discusses how disparities in information-sharing arise and what can be done to alleviate them. In all sorts of ways and for all sorts of reasons, people have always sought to share information among their family and other social networks. However, this sharing has never been equal: inevitably, some people are ... »
  • Date: 12/14/2014
    Resource Category!: Reference Materials
    This volume explores how technology-supported learning environments can incorporate physical activity and interactive experiences in formal and informal education. It presents cutting-edge research and design work on a new generation of "body-centric" technologies such as wearable body sensors, GPS tracking devices, interactive display surfaces, ... »
  • Date: 12/01/2014
    Resource Category!: Peer-reviewed article
    Informal environments provide students with unique experiences that allow them to actively participate in activities while promoting a positive attitude toward and an increased interest in science. One way to enhance informal science experiences is through the integration of mobile technologies. This integration is particularly useful in engaging ... »
  • Date: 12/01/2014
    Resource Category!: Peer-reviewed article
    Scientists often cite discrepancy between scientific values and news values as a primary factor in poor quality science reporting. The goal of this study was to understand how news values including conflict and controversy affect science communicators’ evaluation of press releases containing quotes from outside expert sources. Results of an online ... »
  • Date: 11/01/2014
    Resource Category!: Policy/Memoranda
    The purpose of this document is to build on best practices and offer new approaches toward creating "a bold new initiative" to augment the Foundation's ongoing efforts to increase participation in STEM from underrepresented groups. ... »
  • Date: 11/01/2014
    Resource Category!: Research Brief
    NOVA Wonders is a multi-platform media project from the producers of NOVA exploring the biggest questions on the frontiers of science. From the mysteries of astrophysics to the secrets of the body to the challenges of inventing technologies that could rival—and even surpass—the abilities of the human mind. With content delivered across broadcast, ... »
  • Date: 10/19/2014
    Resource Category!: Presentation Slides
    This presentation was shared at the 2014 Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) annual conference. It describes 4 websites designed for informal science education (ISE) professionals, including:, Relating Research to Practice (RR2P), the Building Informal Science Education (BISE) project, and The ... »
  • Date: 10/18/2014
    Resource Category!: Presentation Slides
    This is a handout from the session "20+ Trending Tech Tools That Make Work Easier, You Smarter" at the 2014 ASTC Conference held in Raleigh, NC. It includes a link to the slides and more information about the tools discussed in the session. ... »
  • Date: 10/07/2014
    Resource Category!: Conference Proceedings
    This poster was presented at the 2014 AISL PI Meeting in Washington, DC. It describes a citizen science project that developed a question-driven online bird identification tool called "Merlin". ... »
  • Date: 10/01/2014
    Resource Category!: Summative
    This report summarizes evaluative findings from a project titled “What Curiosity Sounds Like: Discovering, Challenging, and Sharing Scientific Ideas” (a.k.a.: “Discovery Dialogues”). The project, a Full-Scale development project funded by the National Science Foundation as part of its Advancing Informal Science Learning (AISL) program, explored ... »