Introduction to SMILE - The Science and Math Informal Learning Educators pathway

Event Date: 
Mon, 01/25/2010 (All day) to Fri, 01/29/2010 (All day)

Do you spend a lot of time searching for high quality hands-on activities for your museum visitors? Have you developed science and math activities for out-of-school learners that you would like to share more broadly?

Join us January 25–29 for an online ASTC Connect workshop to introduce new users to the Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE) pathway of the National Science Digital Library. See the beta site at

In this five-day workshop, Keith Braafladt and Asia Ward of the Learning Technologies Center at the Science Museum of Minnesota will introduce you to the structure of this online resource, and show you how to navigate the site to find activities. Learn how you can become one of a limited number of collaborators to apply for a seed grant that will fund you to enter your organization’s activities into this growing online catalog resource.

This workshop will run through ASTC Connect using asynchronous text discussions that you can access and respond to on your own schedule. To enroll, e-mail Margaret Glass at

The Science and Math Informal Educators (SMILE) pathway is being developed to provide an online collection of STEM activities for out-of-school educators working with learners from diverse backgrounds. SMILE's audience includes museums and science centers, educators working in outdoor and field trip programs, in-school and after-school programs, homeschoolers, educators supporting underrepresented communities, and community-based youth development centers. SMILE is a partnership of UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science, the Exploratorium, New York Hall of Science, Science Museum of Minnesota, Children's Museum of Houston, and the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC).