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Exploratorium $8 million NSF grant with Univ. of Colorado Boulder; Univ. of Washington; TERC; Education Development Center; and Inverness Research

For Immediate Release:
November 13, 2012

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Exploratorium $8 million NSF grant with Univ. of Colorado Boulder; Univ. of Washington; TERC; Education Development Center; and Inverness Research

To close the gap between education research and practice in K-12 STEM education and strengthen STEM education across formal and informal settings

With an $8 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the Exploratorium in collaboration with University of Colorado in Boulder; University of Washington in Seattle; TERC in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Education Development Center in Waltham, Massachusetts; and Inverness Research of California, have formed a Research+Practice Collaboratory to strengthen connections between research and practice in K-12 STEM education across formal and informal settings.

With the coming Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core adoptions across the country, bridging the gap between research and practice is more critical than ever.  The Collaboratory has been formed to move beyond the traditional thinking about “getting research into practice” and instead proposes to reframe and redefine the relationship between scholarly and practical knowledge in ways that can create more usable research and better STEM learning opportunities for children and youth.  The Collaboratory builds on trends in the medical sciences that focus on translational research and the adaptation, rather than the adoption, of research into real world and practical settings.

The Research+Practice Collaboratory will work with leading educational professional associations and other STEM advocates to leverage their existing knowledge and practices to

  • Collect, create, and synthesize translational research resources in order to expand STEM educators’ and educational leaders’ access and awareness to current relevant research, and STEM educational researchers access to high quality programs and practices.

  • Support multiple opportunities for cross-sector (research and practice; education and social sciences; formal and informal) meetings to foster critical engagement and cultural exchange.

  • Test, document, and innovate new resources and mechanisms at three Adaptation Sites and disseminate both products and results through the R+P Resource Center.

The $8M grant runs from November 1, 2012-October 31, 2017.

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Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

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Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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