Learn About Access to Informal STEM Learning

Scott Bellman, DO-IT Staff
The panelists from the Get to Work event spoke about transitioning from college into the workplace.

In March, the Access to Informal STEM Learning (AccessISL) project collaborated with the NSF INCLUDES Alliance: The Alliance of Students with Disabilities for Inclusion, Networking, and Transition Opportunities in STEM (TAPDINTO-STEM) to host an online event called the Access to Informal STEM Learning Capacity Building Institute (CBI). The proceedings are available online.

Presenters represented organizations from all across the United States, including the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum; the Riverside Art Museum; the Pacific Science Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the National Federation of the Blind.

At the event, attendees shared challenges and solutions regarding equitable access to ISL. They identified specific ways stakeholders can work together to increase universal design, accessibility, and systemic change as it relates to informal STEM learning.

“The vision is that museums can make the world a better place, and the power of museums lies in the role of the playing, learning, well-being, community-building, and social justice. Museum professionals are connectors and that means that inclusion is central to our work—inclusion for all,” said AccessISL co-PI Meena Selvakumar on the Museology Master of Arts Program’s core beliefs.