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  • Date: 10/20/2020
    Resource Category!: Summative
    The pilot test of a capacity building program integrating strategic discourse & community change theory identified a new path for advancing community STEM literacies. The results of experiment established partnerships with locally based non-profits working to address environmental justice and social disparities in areas threatened by climate ... »
  • Date: 09/30/2020
    Resource Category!: Research Case Study
    This NOVA multiplatform media initiative consisted of a 2-hour nationally broadcast PBS documentary, Polar Extremes ; a 10-part original digital series, Antarctic Extremes ; an interactive game, Polar Lab; accompanying polar-themed digital shorts, radio stories, text reporting, and social media content; a collection of educational resources on PBS ... »
  • Date: 10/30/2020
    Resource Category!: Summative
    Final External Evaluation Report for Informal STEM Learning at Biological Field Stations , an NSF AISL Exploratory Pathways project, which studied the pedagogical and andragogical characteristics of informal educational outreach activities at field stations. This report summarizes the project team’s major research activities and the contextual ... »
  • Date: 05/01/2020
    Resource Category!: Report
    “Not a place for me” is often one of the main reasons people choose not to visit art museums. Such perceptions of art museums call for institutions to create wider and more diverse entry points for visitors. At the Art Institute of Chicago—envisioned by our first president as a “museum of living thought”—we seek to continually expand art ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2020
    Resource Category!: Summative
    Char Associates conducted an evaluation of the four-year, NSF-funded project, Interpreters and Scientists Working on Our Parks (iSWOOP). The project brought interpreters and scientists together in multi-day professional development sessions at five national parks with the purpose of showcasing scientific research that usually goes unseen and ... »
  • Date: 11/05/2020
    Resource Category!: Peer-reviewed article
    The nature of the learning that occurs with real versus replicated objects and environments is an important topic for museums and science centers. Our comparative, exploratory study addressed this area through an investigation of family visits to two different settings: an operating permafrost research tunnel, and a replica of this permafrost ... »
  • Date: 08/01/2020
    Resource Category!: Project Descriptions
    Across the United States, individuals, organizations, and communities are wrestling with a wide array of challenging and persistent science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-related problems. A few examples include ensuring more equitable access to STEM careers; building capacity for rural libraries to support STEM learning; and ... »
  • Date: 02/01/2020
    Resource Category!: Project Descriptions
    In this virtual conference, The PEAR Institute convened over 40 practitioners and researchers to explore the power of an integrated vision of STEM and social-emotional development (SED). This conference aimed to 1) create a collaboration of out-of-school time (OST) leaders, practitioners, and researchers to map the overlays of STEM and SED; 2) ... »
  • Date: 08/31/2020
    Resource Category!: Summative
    The Wayne State University Math Corps is a mathematics enrichment and mentoring program that operates during summers and on Saturdays. The curriculum and the pedagogies in this informal learning program have documented success of supporting youths' mathematics learning as well as raising achievement levels in school. Through rigorous research and ... »
  • Date: 09/01/2020
    Resource Category!: Project Descriptions
    While museums strive to be as inclusive and welcoming as possible to all visitors, data from many institutions shows that audiences are still disproportionately white, well-educated, and more affluent than the average local population. One contributing factor to the lack of progress is that staff often create programs that work to create ... »