A recent blog post at informalscience.org focused on the progress made thus far through Equity Pathways in Informal STEM Learning a Science Learning+ Phase 1 project exploring equity issues for 11-14 year olds from underserved, non-dominant backgrounds in informal STEM learning. So far the project has found that equity concerns represent an urgent and significant challenge for informal STEM learning and engagement, yet “examples of equitable informal STEM learning ‘best practices’ are few and far between.” Researchers noted strong commitment in the field of informal STEM to support youth in developing a sense of agency in their lives through STEM as well as opening up new pathways to STEM careers, lifelong pursuits or hobbies. They found a strong sense that equitable informal STEM experiences should help youth realize their goals inside and outside of science. More here.
March 11, 2016