This SENCER-ISE website is for anyone interested in collaborative efforts between higher education and informal science education that use issues of civic consequence as a means of creating attractive and effective science and technology education. Vital civic issues related to the environment, health, food safety, urban planning, and natural resource conservation all involve aspects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This website will provide educators from both higher education and informal education with information about the SENCER-ISE initiative to facilitate partnerships. It will also provide information about current research, forming sustainable partnerships, and finding resources.
By bringing together educators from the formal and informal education sectors in six equitable and sustainable partnerships, SENCER-ISE is learning how such cross-sector partnerships can improve STEM education and serve as models for others in the wider educational community. A long-range goal is to help college graduates and potential informal science education audiences appreciate the value of informal science education institutions as credible, accessible sources of high quality life-long, free-choice learning on matters of science, public policy, and both personal and public well being.