Informal Learning Resources

Afterschool Alliance (information source and advocate):

Assessment Tools in Informal STEM (Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency, Harvard):

Association of Science & Technology Centers (professional organization with annual conference):

Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (extensive resources and portal to literature):

Children’s Museum Research Network (Association of Children’s Museums and University of Washington):

Citizen Science Association (member organization for public participation in scientific research):

Framework for Evaluating Impacts of Informal Science Education Projects: Report from a National Science Foundation Workshop:

ITEST Learning Resource Center (technical assistance site for NSF Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers program):

Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places, and Pursuits (National Research Council synthesis of research on informal learning):

NASA Museum & Informal Education Alliance (free membership organization for informal education professionals):

National Informal STEM Education Network (develops and tests informal learning resources on current science and technology):

NSF Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (links to programs, including current Informal Science Education projects):

NSF INCLUDES National Network (comprehensive initiative to strengthen STEM equity):

Portal to the Public Network (connects scientists to publics):

Racial Equity Tools (curated resources):

Relating Research to Practice in Informal Learning Environments (synopses of peer-reviewed research):

Science Festival Alliance (connects communities and science through festival format):

SciGirls Connect (resources to encourage girls to explore STEM):

SMILE Pathway (digital library of STEM learning activities, tools, and resources for school-age children outside the classroom):

STAR Library Network (connects libraries with STEM activities and resources):

STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice:

Visitor Studies Association (focus on understanding and enhancing the visitor experience in museums and other informal learning settings):

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