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Abstract Title: Informal STEM Learning and Science Communication: An Expanding Landscape of Resources, Research and Collaborators
Abstract: Since the founding of the Exploratorium, the Ontario Science Center and Lawrence Hall of Science 50 years ago, the landscape of organizations, institutions, networks and professionals who design, study and evaluate informal STEM learning and science communication experiences and settings has continued to expand and mature. With technological development has come an increasing variety of platforms and channels through which people of all ages can engage with and learn about the physical and natural world. And through advances in the social and learning sciences educators, communicators and researchers have become increasingly knowledgeable about inclusive, culturally responsive approaches to designing activities and environments, and to the measurement of their impact.

Within this context, and through the investment of the National Science Foundation and other federal and private funders over the past dozen years, the availability of and access to evidence-based resources, tools and potential partners has never been greater. Knowledge about the rich variety of strategies that those developing curricula and events can tap into to address their goals and objectives isn't as widely shared as it might be. I will provide an overview of what is sometimes called an "invisible infrastructure" of support for informal STEM learning and communication and invite attendees to share their own discoveries and what's in their toolboxes.
Abstract Type: Plenary
Room: Ballroom C

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jamie Bell
CAISE