Read All About It: Tools for Advancing Informal STEM Education

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We’re excited to share with you the second edition of our FUSE Resource Guide, hot off the presses. The guide features lessons and advice from promising initiatives around the country, as well as tools and resources to help you improve informal STEM in your community—not to mention a snazzy new design.

If you aren’t already familiar, Frontiers in Urban Science Exploration (FUSE) is an initiative led by Every Hour Counts to institutionalize engaging, inquiry-based, informal STEM education nationally. It was developed in response to the observed lack of opportunities to spark enthusiasm for and sustained interest in STEM fields among students of all ages, especially in under-served communities. With limited pathways for young people today—especially girls and low-income and minority youth—to enter the STEM fields, expanded learning programs offer an ideal setting to engage students in STEM learning.

The FUSE Resource Guide comprises a collection of experiences from our partners and offers practical advice and resources to help informal, STEM-education organizations build and improve upon their programs. The updated version not only offers more up-to-date research and lessons learned from the field, it is also packed with curriculum resources, evaluation tools, funding opportunities, and professional development resources.

The Guide is meant to inform the field through on-the ground experience from practitioners, as well as to introduce any STEM provider looking to strengthen their program to easily accessible, quality tools and resources. With that in mind: use freely, share widely, and send feedback! We would love to hear how you’ve made use of these materials in your own programs and what you’d like to see more of in the future.

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