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Funded Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Projects

The National Science Foundation’s Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program has recently awarded funding to a wide range of projects. The AISL Program funds five types of projects: (1) Synthesis; (2) Conference; (3) Partnership Development and Planning; (4) Integrating Research and Practice; and (5) Research in Support of Wide-reaching Public Engagement with STEM. You can also use our advanced search function to sort by audience type, disciplinary content, and other tags of interest.

Recently Funded AISL Awards


21st Century Learning in Natural History Settings: A Conference to Initiate Research-Driven Innovation in Informal Natural History Learning

Black Representation - Authoring STEM Stories for Climate Risk Preparedness

Conference: Annual Rural STEM Learning Summit

Conference: Building Resilient Communities: A National Symposium that explores the role of public libraries in addressing local climate impacts

Conference: Equity, Innovation, and STEAM - Strengthening the R&D Connections

Conference: Nobel Prize Summit 2023: Truth, Trust, and Hope

Roads Taken - Long-term Impacts of STEM Youth Programs: Conference

Integrating Research and Practice

Collaborative Research: Reimagining Educator Learning Pathways Through Storywork for Racial Equity in STEM

Community Engaged Disciplinary and Educational Researchers in STEM (CEDERS)

Fostering Black and Latinx student STEM efficacy, interests, and identity: A participatory study of STEM programming and practices at one community-based organization

Integrating Research and Practice: Reimagining Youth Community Science through Make-and-Take Data Sensing Kits

Iterative Improvement of a Program for Building Inclusive, Diverse, Equitable, Accessible Large-scale (IDEAL) Participatory Science Projects

Racial Equity: Expanding Mathematical Futures Through Multimedia Storytelling

Research to Understand and Inform the Impacts of Ambient and Designed Sound on Informal STEM Learning

Side by Side: Youth-Authored Art-Science Exhibits to Broaden Participation in Climate Communication

STEMcyclists: Black and Brown Youth Transforming Science and Engineering via Bikes

STEM Education Organizational Postdoctoral Research Fellowships: Collaborative Research in Informal STEM Learning Environments

Voces de Esperanza (Voices of Hope): An Exhibit and Framework for Supporting Climate Change Conversations with Latine Audiences

WaterSIMmersive: Designing and assessing a mixed-reality water sustainability educational game and museum exhibit for communities in the Desert Southwest

Partnership Development and Planning

Acknowledging and Shifting the Dynamics of Power: Building Equitable Partnerships Among Informal STEM Learning Practitioners, Researchers, and Communities

Co-designing STEM Education with Communities: Centering History, Heterogeneity, Power, and Place

Creating Sustainable Community, Museum, and University Collaborations

Developing Partnerships Among Tribes, Geoscientists, and the National Park Service to Advance Informal Geoscience Learning at Grand Canyon

Kaulele (To Take Flight) - Creating a Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Indigenous-led Design Framework for STEM Exhibits

Partnership Development and Planning: Assessment of Maker Practices in Museums

Partnerships for Indigenous Climate Journalism

Planning: Beyond Ice

Planning: FIRE-PLAN:Convergent Pyroscapes: Catalyzing Innovative and Inclusive Wildland Fire Science and Education in Western North Carolina

Planning: FIRE-PLAN: Wildland Fire + Cultural Burning (WFCB)

Transforming STEM Education through Participatory and Community-Engaged Research: An Incubator Project

Youth Lead the Way: A Youth Advisory Research Board Model for Climate Impact Education

Research in Support of Wide-reaching Public Engagement with STEM

An AI Tutoring System for Pollinator Conservation Community Science Training

A Climate of Hope: Investigating learning at an innovative exhibit towards new knowledge, theory, and practice of climate change learning with diverse audiences

Advancing Latino Parents' Access and Engagement with Science-Based Strategies for Climate-Resilient Parenting through a National Media and Community Campaign

Air Pollution Visualizations for Promoting Data Literacy with Middle Schoolers and the Public

Build a Mars Habitat - Survive and Thrive ... an addition to the Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition

Building Capacity to Institutionalize Equity in Outdoor and Environmental Science Education

Building Supports Towards a Useful, Usable, and In-Use Framework of Professional Competencies in the Informal STEM Learning Field

Co-Designing Media to Foster Joint Peer-to-Peer Engagement, Promote Engineering Learning, and Expand Reach to Young Children

Collaborative Research: Arecibo C3 - Center for Culturally Relevant and Inclusive Science Education, Computational Skills, and Community Engagement

Collaborative Research: Cultivating Tomorrow's Innovators Through Exploring Planetary Images with Artificial Intelligence

Developing a new generation of collaborative scientists and citizens through popular media

Developing Guidelines for Neurodiversity-Affirming Engineering Programs in Museums and Science Centers through Universal Design for Learning

Development of a University-Community Partnership to Offer Informal Computer Science Opportunities to Children and Youth Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Developing Sustainable Ecosystems that Support Women Transitioning from Incarceration into Technology Careers

Eclipse Ambassadors: Preparing Scientists and Educators to Facilitate Engagement in the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

Informal Biodiversity Education Models for Rural and Tribal Youth

Improving Science Communication via Results-Blind Selection: Lessons from Registered Reports

RAPID: Filming the Erupting Mauna Loa Volcano to Extend the Impact of Geoscience Research to Large Diverse Audiences

SCC-IRG Track 2: Diaspora, Agriculture, & AI: Community-based Integration of Smart Technologies into Black Diasporic Agricultural Practices

Understanding the Impact of Outdoor Science and Environmental Learning Experiences Through Community-Driven Outcomes


A Synthesis of Approaches to Equity, Belonging, and Broadening Participation in Museums and Makerspaces

The Cultural Roots of STEM: A Synthesis of Non-Western STEM Learning Paradigms

Previous Awards

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