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Museum: National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C.

KSMStudentsThe Marian Koshland Science Museum, of the National Academies of Sciences in Washington, DC, aims to engage the general public in current scientific issues that impact their lives. The museum’s exhibits, public events, and educational programs provide information that stimulates discussion and provides insight into how science supports decision-making. Teachers cna visit the Teach and Learn section to find Web quests and class activities for middle and high school students on global warming, infectious diseases, the HIV pandemic, and genetics.

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Publication: Research on Informal Learning

Informal ScienceThe National Academies Press has published a several hundred-page paper called “Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places, and Pursuits” (2009). It explores the various facets of science learning outside the classroom and uses research to determine which approaches are most effective. The Committee on Learning Science in Informal Environments was established to examine the potential of non-school settings for science learning.

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Website: Evolution Resources

The National Academies of Sciences Evolution Resources Web page features a collection of books, reports, statements, papers, and articles about evolution, as well as provide an excellent list of scientific definitions.

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