Association of Science and Technologies Centers

The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) is funded by the (U.S.) National Science Foundation (NSF) to strengthen and advance the field of professional informal science education (ISE) by providing infrastructure, resources, and connectivity.

The cornerstone of CAISE’s work is, a free and ever-growing knowledge repository and communication channel that is a central point of access to resources for informal science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning practitioners, evaluators, researchers, science communicators, and other stakeholders.

The website houses a collection of reports, white papers, blog series, and field-tracking activities that have identified innovations, hot-topics, and future directions in informal settings. Beginning with NSF-funded projects and spanning out to the wider field, CAISE works to build capacity in research and evaluation so that ISE projects, programs, and organizations can explore, understand, and document constructs and impacts in rigorous ways for the purpose of building knowledge that can be used beyond the context of individual projects.

As of 2017, CAISE is expanding its reach to seek synergy with the growing body of research and practice in science communication.


Established in 2007, the Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) is funded as a cooperative agreement by the NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Program (Award Nos. DRL-1638981 / DRL-1212803 / DRL-1612739).

CAISE facilitates discussion, thinking, connection, and collaboration across the landscape of science centers and museums, media (TV, radio, and film), cyberlearning and gaming, youth, community, and out-of-school time programs, and science festivals and events.

CAISE operates as a partnership between core staff at ASTC, where it is housed, and co-principal investigators at academic institutions across the country.

  • News and Views – Stay up to date with ISE news.
  • Join the Community – Search and share ISE projects, disseminate findings and outcomes, become searchable as a potential collaborator, receive timely information from CAISE via our newsletter, and connect to the community of practitioners, evaluators, and researchers from across the ISE field. Get free access to peer-reviewed journal articles on EBSCO’s Education Research Complete database.
  • Calendar – View workshops, conferences, funding deadlines, and more.
  • Search the Collection – Use multiple search options and filters to explore our collection of descriptions of funded grants, evaluation reports, research and reference materials, and more.
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