In the 21st Century, a basic understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is part of being an informed and engaged citizen. Research shows that when families, schools, and communities work together to support learning, then students perform better academically and stay in school longer. The National Research Council (2009) concluded that learning experiences across informal environments (such as public libraries) positively influence science learning in school, attitudes toward science, and pursuit of science-related occupations.
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- Rising above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future
National Academy of Sciences (2006)
- Learning science in informal environments: People, Places and Pursuits
National Research Council (2009)
- STEM Learning Is Everywhere: Summary of a Convocation on Building Learning Systems
National Research Council (2014)
- Identifying and Supporting Productive STEM Programs in Out-of-School Settings
National Research Council (2015)
- Science and engineering indicators: 2011
National Science Board (2012)
- Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering: 2011
National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics. (2011)
- Charting a Course for Success: America’s Strategy for STEM Education
Committee on STEM Education of the National Science & Technological Council (2018)
- 7 Facts about the STEM Workforce
Nikki Graf, Richard Fry and Cary Funk (2018)
- The Science Learning Ecosystem
John H. Falk (2015)