The InformalScience.org database contains project, research and evaluation resources designed to support the informal STEM education community in a variety of learning environments. The Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) works in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Program to strengthen and advance the field of professional informal science education and its infrastructure by providing resources for practitioners, researchers, evaluators and STEM-based professionals. Established in 2007 with support from the National Science Foundation, CAISE operates as a partnership between core staff at the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) in Washington, D.C. and co-principal investigators at informal science and academic institutions across the country. CAISE is housed at ASTC’s Washington, D.C. offices. ASTC is an international organization of science centers and museums dedicated to public engagement with science among increasingly diverse audiences.
CAISE is supported by the National Science Foundation (Award Nos. DRL-0638981 / DRL-1212803).
NISE Network products are developed through an iterative collaborative process that includes scientific review, peer review, and visitor evaluation in accordance with an inclusive audiences approach. Products are designed to be easily edited and adapted for different audiences under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license. To learn more, visit our Development Process page.