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  • Date: 06/25/2014
    Resource Category!: Reference Materials
    The Coalition for Science After School (CSAS) was established in 2004 in response to the growing recognition of the need for more opportunities for STEM in out-of-school time, and the increasing attention being paid to out-of-school time programs. CSAS sought to build the field of STEM in out-of-school time by uniting science education goals with ... »
  • Date: 06/24/2014
    Resource Category!: Conference Proceedings
    In 2009 the Coalition for Science After School hosted the First National Conference on Science and Technology in Out-of-School Time. Funded by the Noyce Foundation, with additional support from Science Chicago, the Motorola Foundation, and the United States Department of Education, the meeting took place in Chicago, IL and resulted in a 2009 ... »
  • Date: 11/01/2015
    Resource Category!: Report
    STEM learning ecosystems harness contributions of educators, policymakers, families, businesses, informal science institutions, after-school and summer providers, higher education, and many others towards a comprehensive vision of STEM learning for all children. This paper offers evidence of the impact of cross-sector partnerships on young people ... »
  • Date: 06/24/2014
    Resource Category!: Conference Proceedings
    In preparation for its sunset of operations, the Coalition for Science After School Steering Committee decided to organize a Summit, Passing the Torch: Advancing Opportunity for Quality Science Learning. The meeting took place in March 2014, hosted by the Exploratorium in San Francisco. An invited group of sixty leaders came together from across ... »
  • Date: 03/01/2015
    Resource Category!: Reference Materials
    How can professional learning for out­‐of­‐school staff be organized to promote equity in STEM learning? This is the question a group of out-of‐school educators and educational researchers gathered to discuss at the Exploratorium on January 30­‐31, 2015. The meeting was sponsored by the Research+Practice Collaboratory, an NSF-­‐funded project that ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2015
    Resource Category!: Reference Materials
    Educational assessment systems are frequently challenged by divergent stakeholder needs. A major insight from experts who work on school assessment systems is the need to clearly articulate and evaluate assessment choices in relation to these distinct goals. The out-of-school STEM ecosystem faces similar challenges. This background paper presents ... »
  • Date: 03/01/2018
    Resource Category!: Mass Media Article
    This article discusses how camp professionals are taking a greater interest in the concept of allyship, a process of unlearning and re-evaluating whereby those in positions of privilege attempt to adopt a stance of solidarity with marginalized groups of people. It includes an annotated list of Indigenous Instructional Programming, which aims to ... »
  • Date: 05/11/2016
    Resource Category!: Report
    Over the past ten years, investments in infrastructure for informal STEM education and science communication have resulted in significant growth in the number and variety of resources and depth of expertise available to members of the STEM research community wishing to develop outreach, engagement and broader impacts activities. This report/white ... »
  • Date: 03/01/2010
    Resource Category!: Reference Materials
    This white paper is the product of the CAISE Formal-Informal Partnerships Inquiry Group, which began work during a July 2008 ISE Summit organized by CAISE. Their examination of what the authors call "the hybrid nature of formal-informal collaborations" draws on relevant theoretical perspectives and a series of case studies to highlight ways in ... »
  • Date: 01/02/2015
    Resource Category!: Evaluation Reports
    This evaluation reports on the Mission: Solar System project, a 2-year project funded by NASA. The goal of the Mission: Solar System was to create a collection of resources that integrates digital media with hands-on science and engineering activities to support kids’ exploration in formal and informal education settings. Our goal in creating the ... »