The Center for Informal Learning in Schools (CILS) was established as a multi-institution research group interested in inquiry-based learning experiences for youth from low-income, historically marginalized communities. Its aim was to advocate for inquiry-based, STEM-rich afterschool science activities with equity at their core, work that continues to impact our Tinkering Studio's afterschool programs.
A group of educators and researchers developing more equitable innovations for STEM teaching and learning
A partnership studying STEM and equity in afterschool settings
A multi-institution effort to synthesize educational research for informal science education
A collection of publications, research findings, and other resources supporting collaboration among afterschool program leaders, educators, and researchers