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.
This briefing, video and infographic from the Frameworks Institute explains how to communicate to a variety of audiences about STEM education, informal STEM and STEM ecosystems, to a general audience, including media, the public, parents and families. Page 21-22 of the PDF specifically discuss ecosystems, but the whole brief (although long) is valuable reading for anyone who writes and speaks […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
These attributes of quality STEM education were developed by the North Carolina STEM Learning Network and partners have three pillars: 1) Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum, aligned with state, national, international and industry standards. 2) On-going community and industry engagement. 3) Connections with post-secondary education. These attributes have been adopted by the NC State Board of Education […]