Center for Innovation in Informal STEM Learning

The Center for Innovation in Informal STEM Learning (CIISL) brings communities together to understand our world and shape the future.

The center investigates how people learn science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) across their lifetimes. By working with museums, libraries, and other informal learning organizations across the country, we make opportunities for all people to create new visions for STEM and for society.


Research and Practice

Empowering communities to shape the future
Innovative approaches to informal learning, which connect diverse people and explore emerging technologies, cutting-edge research in science and engineering, and multiple visions for the future.



Studying how people learn

Dynamic spaces where educators and experts participate in public engagement research, development, and evaluation

Professional Development


Supporting professional learning

Workshops, conferences, and resources to strengthen knowledge, skills, and practices among emerging and seasoned professionals.