Education Beyond the Classroom
Informal Education Program
In our fast-changing world, people of all ages continue to seek
knowledge and enrich their lives beyond the formal education
environment of the classroom. NASA seeks to enhance the
capabilities of the informal education community by providing
access to NASA staff, research, technology, information and/
or facilities; with professional development opportunities for
informal science educators; and by facilitating the formation
of collaborative partnerships between the informal and formal
education communities. The informal education community
includes amateur astronomy groups, after-school programs,
libraries, museums, science centers, planetaria, zoos, aquaria
and community youth groups.
Informal Science Education provides stimulating experiences
for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, learning outside of formal classroom environments
through media, exhibits and community-based programming.
The Informal Education program area goals are to:
-- Increase interest in and understanding of STEM disciplines by
inspiring and engaging individuals of all ages;
-- Establish linkages between informal and formal education;
-- Stimulate parents and others to support children’s STEM
learning endeavors by becoming informed proponents for
high-quality, universally available STEM education.
Visit the Education Programs
section to find opportunities for Informal Education.