This two-year NSF-funded project (NSF-DRL 1713359 and NSF-DRL 1713351) investigates outreach programming at field stations. Field stations are important environments for informal science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning because field stations provide learners with opportunities to engage with nature and expose learners to ongoing, usually long-term, scientific research with associated STEM professionals.
This project catalogues outreach programs hosted by field stations across the US. By exploring the educational underpinnings of these programs and connecting them to desired science-learning outcomes for participants, this research establishes field stations as centers for informal STEM learning.
In the News: This Outreach Project was recently featured on the Colorado State University’s School of Health and Human Sciences Media Page.
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