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Learning Through Tinkering in STEM Education
November 9, 2015 · Professional Development

The Exploratorium’s Connected Collections support professional learning conversations about specific topics. This collection explores how to create imaginative and open-ended STEM-rich tinkering experiences in classrooms and afterschool settings. The collection has five research briefs with summary descriptions, a set of discussion prompts and links to other relevant resources.

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Businesses Play Important Role in Providing Real-World Educational Opportunities
November 9, 2015 · Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Workforce & Career, Youth Pathways

This article, which appeared in the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) journal, makes the case to the business sector to support and participate in STEM learning ecosystems.

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Innovative Pathways to Teaching Reform: Using Connected Learning to Develop Tomorrow’s Leaders
November 2, 2015 · Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Professional Development

This document describe a pilot of the National Summer Learning Association with the MacArthur Foundation that paired teachers with local summer learning programs in New York City and Chicago during the summers of 2012 and 2013. The success of this fellowship program suggests that aligning summer programs with the school year has an important impact on school-year effectiveness. Findings suggest […]

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Research Study – Advancing Science Education in Schools
November 2, 2015 · Professional Development

This evaluation can help demonstrate the value of museum education programs for teachers. The Museum of Science and Industry’s teacher professional development “Get Re-Energized” courses make a direct, positive impact on student learning in science, compared to non-participants.

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TRSA Governance Task Force Report
November 2, 2015 · Evaluation, Program Design

Details the vision statement, design principles, network architecture, and governance structure chosen by a regional coordinating entity.

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Characteristics of Out-of-School Time Science Programs Offered by Distinct Organization Types
November 2, 2015 · Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Evaluation, Program Design, Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School

This article provides a description and early findings from an ongoing study at the University of Colorado Boulder to map science out-of-school time programs nationally. Analyzing the strengths and challenges of OST science programs offered by different types of organizations, the authors report on “the potential for mutually beneficial partnerships between organizations of different types— for example, to meld the […]

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Engagement, Creativity and Inspiration Found in New Afterschool STEM Programs
November 2, 2015 · Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Evaluation

Ellen Lettvin, the Robert Noyce Senior Fellow in Informal STEM Learning in the Office Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education, wrote this post describing the collaborations among multiple federal agencies and 21st Century Learning Centers across the country to enhance STEM learning in OST. The agencies include NASA, the National Park Service (NPS) and the Institute of Museum and […]

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STEM Bus
November 2, 2015 · Workforce & Career

North Carolina’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Bus encourages students to pursue STEM careers. Industry grade equipment highlights careers found across NC in agriculture, health, life science and engineering. The 40-foot mobile learning lab is staffed with trained scientists and educators. This website also has a STEM resource guide with most but not all North Carolina – focused resources, […]

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