This research by synthesis by William Penuel, Tiffany Lee, and Bronwyn Bevan provides a set of design principles that emerge from a review of the research literature addressing equity-oriented programs that support learning across settings. The authors also identify key infrastructure elements that support programs successes.
This January 2015 Data Brief by the STELAR Center describes the results of a survey of ITEST principal investigators asking what strategies they use to increase participation by under-represented youth. Targeted recruitment, cultural competence, strategic partnerships and active marketing are the top strategies.
This 2010 report by CAISE provides a conceptual framework for inclusion of people with disabilities in informal science education. The authors explain that inclusion requires that learners be able to physically interact with/perceive the space, cognitively engage with the materials and socially interact with one another.
This site offers Girlstart Online STEM Modules, icebreakers, board games and quick hands-on STEM activities for educators, including 31 days of STEM activities in DeSTEMber.
The STELAR site has a digest of curricular materials from ITEST projects. ITEST is the National Science Foundation’s program supporting research and development of innovative models for engaging K-12 students in authentic experiences that build their capacity to participate in the STEM and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future.
This website has information about one of the few curricula designed for both school and afterschool settings, as well as information about K-12, museum and online, advocacy and professional development resources, and a useful map linking to key contacts in each state: STEM education officials at the state level, partner organizations including institutions of higher education and informal science institutions, teachers and others.
National Geographic’s site for educators includes downloadable curricula units and lessons searchable by age the material is targeted to, subject, or audience. The site also contains daily ideas, mapping tools and other resources that can be used in or out-of-school time or both.
Why should STEM learning organizations partner across sector? This journal article discusses the potential “to meld the scientific resources of a museum with the ability of a local nonprofit to reach underserved students of color” among other examples.