A Forum on Informal Science Education (April 11, 2012)

by_Tiffany_Knight-140On April 11, 2012, Boston After School & Beyond, in partnership with the Boston STEM Network and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley and sponsored by the Noyce Foundation, held a Forum on Informal Science Education to showcase innovative national and local approaches to hands-on science education, and to provide opportunities for sharing best practices amongst colleagues.


Maryann Stimmer (Educational Equity Center) gave the keynote address on “A National Perspective on STEM Learning in After School Settings,” and Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, Chair of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, also spoke to the crowd of 130 field leaders.

The day’s agenda also included two panels onPolicy & Practice, featuring:

The program and presentations from the event are available for download below.

To see more event photos, please visit our Facebook album!


Reports for Download:

ISE Forum Program

Noyce – Informal Science Education – Noyce Foundation




Dawn Chavez, Director of the Boston Youth Environmental Network, introduces the panel.

L to R: Dawn Chavez, Arthur Pearson (Thompson Island Outward Bound), Kelly Linehan (Vertex Pharmaceuticals), Peter Nash (Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston), and Jamie Beard (FastCAP Systems)



Chris Smith (Boston After School & Beyond) and Peg Sprague (United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley) are co-chairs of the STEM OST Task Force.


Penny Noyce (NOYCE Foundation) presents to the group.


Panel, L to R: Dr. Ashima Shah (PEAR), Michael Barnett (Boston College),  Traci Walker Griffith (Boston Public Schools)


Attendees at the Forum on Informal Science Education, held in the Ladd Room at Wheelock College.