Informal Learning and Afterschool

National Science Foundation - Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Program Solicitation

ITEST is a program that promotes PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. To achieve this objective, ITEST supports the development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in experiences that: 

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Connected Science Learning: Call for Contributions for the 8th Issue

Theme for Eighth Issue (to be published in fall 2018):
STEM Learning Connected to Afterschool Settings

Contributions are due April 15, 2018

The America After 3PM special report, Full STEM Ahead: Afterschool Programs Step Up as Key Partners in STEM Education (produced by the Afterschool Alliance, October 2015) clearly states the important role that afterschool programs play in advancing STEM learning:

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Connected Science Learning: Call for Contributions

Theme for Seventh Issue (to be published in summer 2018): 
Making Experiences That Inspire STEM Learning

Contributions are due January 15, 2018

A 2014 news release from the National Science Foundation (NSF) made the following observations of the Maker Movement:

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How Baltimore Is Growing Its Tech Gurus From Scratch

The Digital Harbor Foundation, recent recipient of ITEST funding, was featured last month in Politico Magazine's "What Works" series. Digital Harbor, a non-profit maker-space laboratory located in Baltimore, is teaching area youth to learn STEM by doing, and having fun: 

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NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Program Solicitation

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.

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NSF EHR Core Research (ECR) Solicitation

EHR Core Research (ECR) Reviewers Needed: If you are interested in reviewing ECR proposals please submit a brief CV to ECR@nsf.gov.

EHR Core Research (ECR) Fundamental Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education

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NASA 2017 Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums & NASA Visitors Centers

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has released a Research Announcement (NRA) soliciting proposals from Informal Education Institutions (IEIs) for informal education opportunities in support of NASA’s Office of Education (OE) under the STEM Education and Accountability Project (SEAP). From the solicitation: 

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STELAR Webinar: Digital Badging in ITEST Projects

On Tuesday, March 28, STELAR explored the use of digital badges in two ITEST projects.

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Upcoming ITEST Symposia in 2017

Each year, STELAR collaborates with NSF ITEST project teams to submit session proposals to education and research conferences around the country.  These sessions broaden awareness about the program and share the program's findings with others in the STEM education and research communities.  We are thrilled to announce these two ITEST symposia sessions that have been accepted for presentation during Spring 2017.  Look for us at these ITEST sessions, and connect with us on social media (@STELAR_CTR) to let us know where you will be

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STELAR Webinar: Digital Badging in ITEST Projects

On Tuesday, March 28, STELAR explored the use of digital badges in two ITEST projects.

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