National Center for Interactive Learning
Inspire - Explore - Discover
Discover Earth Library Exhibition

The multi-touch table display allows multiple users to interact with digital information, grabbing and moving virtual objects with gestures and touches.
Image Credit: TLL Temple Memorial Library

Giant Worlds Exhibition

Play and learning go hand-in-hand. Young visitors explore gravity in the Giant Worlds exhibit.
Image Credit: NCIL/SSI

Education Workshops for Scientists and Engineers

A workshop participant and students discuss a science project.
Image Credit: NCIL/SSI

Great Balls of Fire Exhibition

Saving Earth from a giant asteroid impact is hard work but someone has to do it. Visitors at the Great Balls of Fire exhibit.
Image Credit: NCIL/SSI

Space Weather Workshop

Classroom teachers learn inquiry-based approaches that they can share with their students.
Image Credit: NCIL/SSI

Great Balls of Fire Exhibition

Middle school students learn about the solar system through kinesthetic activities.
Image Credit: NCIL/SSI

Discover Health Festival

Children explore the skeletal system with a matching game.
Image Credit: Robert Russell

Groups at NCIL

Exhibition
Development

NCIL staff have over fifteen years' experience producing both large and small traveling exhibitions on a variety of STEM topics: space weather, planetary science, astrobiology, and earth science. The Exhibition Development Group oversees all phases of exhibit planning and production...

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Digital
Learning

NCIL has been exploring the potential of digital media for over a decade, ranging from interactive experiences for museums and libraries to online games. Digital media doesn't simply create more engaging experiences, it can allow learners to interact with data, explore simulations, and connect...

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Professional
Development

NCIL develops projects designed to strengthen the infrastructure of STEM education. Its staff has over twenty years of experience designing and implementing a variety of exemplary professional development experiences for classroom teachers, informal educators, and scientists and engineers...

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Community
Outreach

NCIL strives to develop innovative and effective projects that increase the access of underserved populations to STEM education, such as ethnic/racial minorities, girls, and rural populations; and development of community collaboratives that support access to STEM for all...

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Learning Research
and Evaluation

At NCIL, we believe that evaluation is central to providing exciting and effective learning experiences. The Learning Research and Evaluation Group oversees internal evaluation for NCIL's projects and products (Director: Kate Haley Goldman)...

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Resources, Projects, & Partners

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    Education Resources & Activities

    NCIL staff and our partners have developed a number of education activities and resources for classroom teachers and museum educators. They include stand-alone curricular supplements, educational websites (e.g. SciGames.org, Giant Worlds, Space Weather Center), education videos on a variety of science topics, and resources for scientists interested in developing effective education programs. Explore and Discover!

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    Projects

    NCIL projects are designed to be accessible to all and to inspire the next generation of STEM innovators. These include traveling museum exhibitions, digital learning technologies, educator workshops, outreach to underserved audiences, and successful partnership building between scientists and educators. We also conduct all areas of evaluation including audience research, front-end, formative research, process and implementation evaluation, and summative evaluation.

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    Partnerships & Collaborations

    We live in a time when few organizations can exist on their own. A strategic partnership is one in which two or more organizations come together for a common goal where clear roles and responsibilities are defined. NCIL and its education predecessor at SSI have formed a number of successful partnerships and collaborations over the past fifteen years...

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