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Representing four partner organizations

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Project Team

Astronomical Society of the Pacific

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific is an international non-profit scientific and educational organization, founded in 1889, that works to increase understanding and appreciation of astronomy. Around the world, in classrooms, museums, planetariums, parks, nature centers, astronomy clubs, city sidewalks, online, and your own backyard, the ASP fosters scientific curiosity, advances science literacy, and shares the excitement of exploration and discovery. We design and deliver innovative astronomy toolkits, programs, publications and education guides in our mission to inspire youth and adults in support of their success as science, technology, and academic leaders.


The Institute for Learning Innovation

The Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI) works in collaboration with organizations and communities around the globe to create a more informed, just, healthy, and sustainable world. Our research, professional learning efforts, and new educational materials are designed to broaden who has access to learning, expand where and when people learn, and extend the basic understanding of how people learn across their lifespan.The Portal to the Public Network, an initiative of ILI, helps informal learning organizations connect public audiences with current science in their own communities through conversations with local scientists and engineers.

Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning at Oregon State University

The Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning at Oregon State University was established in 2012. The research focus of the center includes a diverse suite of research and evaluation efforts focused on how people with diverse backgrounds and life circumstances build knowledge and understanding about STEM, develop identities as STEM learners and dispositions to engage with STEM-related issues, and ultimately build capacity to apply that knowledge and understanding to their daily and professional lives. Our STEM learning research also includes the study of methods, institutions, media, and people who play a role in mediating learning (e.g. schools, museums, magazines, teachers, etc.) and therefore includes research and evaluation of STEM education and science communication.

National Radio Astronomy Observatory

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) was founded in 1956, to provide state-of-the-art radio telescope facilities for use by the international scientific community. NRAO telescopes are open to all astronomers regardless of institutional or national affiliation.. The Education and Public Outreach (EPO) Department of NRAO provides both formal and informal programs in education and public outreach for teachers, students, the general public, and the media.

J. Sickler Consulting (Project Evaluator)

J. Sickler Consulting is an evaluation and research firm that helps organizations achieve their visions to create rich, impactful informal learning experiences.  We specialize in the study of learning in out-of-school settings, including museums, public engagement with science, environmental education, and other programming.  JSC supports organizations in all stages of program development and implementation, including capacity-building and evaluation of collaborations, processes, and research.  A priority of our consulting work is to make evaluation an accessible, useful tool and mindset for organizations and their staff.