Key Resources

Key Resources

Common Instrument
Evaluation, Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School

The Common Instrument is a survey developed by PEAR for youth 10 years or older that includes 10 self-report items to assess child and adolescent interest and engagement in science. The Common Instrument is simple and quick to administer, easy to receive feedback on, and useable for pre-post analysis.

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Principal Investigator’s Guide: Managing Evaluation in Informal STEM Education Project (CAISE)
Evaluation, Program Design

This Guide is designed to help principal investigators and other leaders of informal STEM education projects integrate evaluation into all phases of project design, development, and implementation. Such projects include exhibits, media projects, websites, community science projects, afterschool programs, festivals, family activities, online games, citizen science projects, and other efforts to help people learn about science in the course of […]

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Dimensions of Success (DoS) Observation Tool
Evaluation, Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School

The Dimensions of Success observation tool (DoS), defines twelve indicators of STEM program quality throughout 4 broad domains: 1) Features of the Learning Environment, 2) Activity Engagement, 3) STEM Knowledge and Practices, and 4) Youth Development in STEM. While primarily developed for after-school, it can be used to observe activites led by teachers, private sector scientists, after-school workers, and more. […]

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STEM Educators Academy: Teaming Teachers with Community Educators
Professional Development

The STEM Educators Academy trains community educators and teachers together to build design thinking and scientific inquiry.

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Online STEM Professional Development for OST Educators
Professional Development

Click2SciencePD is an interactive professional development site for trainers, coaches, site directors and frontline staff/volunteers working in out-of-school time STEM Programs, serving children and youth. Sections on sparking youth interest, giving youth control, and developing identity are useful beyond informal science.

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Designing for Equitable Learning Across Settings
Program Design

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.

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Empowering Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School, Workforce & Career, Youth Pathways

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.

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SENCER-ISE (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities-Informal Science Education)
Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships

If you are looking for information on partnerships between institutions of higher education and informal science institutions, visit the SENCER-ISE (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities-Informal Science Education) website. The project includes ten cross-sector partnerships.

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