Families Are Essential in the STEM Learning Ecosystem

“There’s been a lot of focus recently on STEM learning ecosystems and ecologies, recognizing that learning happens everywhere and all the time—in schools, in the community, and at home. Where and when learning can take place has no boundaries, and it is important to recognize the web of opportunity that exists within a community and find ways to strengthen it.”

Short-Form Science

Close reading is the practice of investigating a short (range from one or two paragraphs to three pages) piece of high-quality text.  The text should be complex enough to be worthy of multiple readings and sufficiently…

Helping STEM Education Thrive During COVID-19

“The timing is accidental. When we decided that this issue of CSL would focus on connected science learning experiences that incorporate social media and technology, we had no idea that the COVID-19 pandemic was brewing. While many STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education programs and schools already use social media, videoconferencing, and other online platforms to provide rich STEM learning

Why Collaborate?

  “As a Connected Science Learning reader, you already know that collaboration is what this journal is all about. We strive to publish articles that highlight ways different organizations come together to connect in-school STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning to the world outside the classroom.”  READ MORE

Partnering With Education

By Beth Murphy published Nov/Dec 2019 in Dimensions Magazine by the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) For most of my career in science and STEM education, I’ve worked at the interface between museums or other educational institutions and schools, finding synergies in their efforts to improve science learning experiences for kids and their teachers. When organizations work together,

What STEM Mindset Is … and Why Everyone Should Have One

  “A STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) mindset encompasses many things, and perhaps does not mean the same thing to every person. Many believe, however, that it combines general attributes that are independent of an individual’s academic and career pursuits with STEM-specific elements. STEM mindset is important for scientists and engineers—it certainly helps them succeed in what they do.

Practical Program Evaluation

“Throughout my career I’ve seen how powerful program evaluation can be when it is done well. For example, a few years back I was project director for a program called STEM Pathways—a collaborative effort between five organizations providing science programming for the same six schools. Much about our program evaluation experience sticks with me: how important it was to involve program

Growing the CSL Community

“In this discussion, Field Editor Beth Murphy, NSTA Executive Director David Evans, and ASTC President and CEO Cristin Dorgelo discuss the origins of Connected Science Learning, and what’s next for the journal. The conversation has been edited for length and clarity.”    READ MORE

Serving Youth With Special Needs

“In the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education community, we are well aware that “the representation of certain groups of people in science and engineering education and employment differs from their representation in the U.S. population” (NSF 2017). Included in these underrepresented groups are people with disabilities, whose participation in STEM education and occupations is often impeded by various