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National Science Foundation
Now Showing: Film, TV, Museums & More
Promoting Public Understanding of Science & Engineering
NSF supports a wide variety of educational and informational projects for the general public
IMAX films and other film projects for diverse audiences
Permanent, regional and traveling exhibits and associated outreach programs
Innovative programs for children and adults, and science information material for broadcasters
Radio shows, Web-based resources, community programs, life-long learning opportunities
Overview of NSF's Infromal Science Education program


Photo of Youth Radio students engaging with hand-made digital instruments Brains and Beakers
In "Brains and Beakers," scientists share mind-blowing inventions and discoveries and the methodologies behind them with students from Youth Radio's Peabody Award-winning media education program.
Dr. Biology--the comic book persona behind the Ask A Biologist program "Ask a Biologist" Website
Arizona State University's "Ask a Biologist" is an interactive and educational website for students in grades pre-K to 12, and their teachers and parents. Students can "ask a biologist" a question in biology and also access the audio and visual media and educational activities that range from identifying birds to trying their own science experiments.
Citizen scientists birdwatching Citizen Science Laboratory at Hacienda La Esperanza Reserve
Discover the plants, animals and ecology at the Hacienda La Esperanza Reserve in Manatí, Puerto Rico, through various hands-on Citizen Science projects led by experts in the field.
hispanic students in the classroom "Earth & Sky" Launches Spanish Version
One of the longest-running science radio shows, "Earth & Sky," has launched a Spanish-language version. With funding from the National Science Foundation, "Cielo y Tierra" features the latest science news and answer listeners' science questions in Spanish.
Fusion Science Theater logo Fusion Science Theater
The Oct. 2010 cover story for the Journal of Chemical Education describes the surprising outcome of "The Amazing Chemical Circus," a novel form of science outreach developed by Fusion Science Theater.
mysterious factor X Ganga
Join journalist Julian Crandall Hollick on a journey through the Ganga River to explore how this life-sustaining river is in danger of dying.
girls make draft blockers to save energy Girls' Energy Conservation Corps
The Girls' Energy Conservation Corps (GECCo) is a Girl Scout program that interweaves science learning, leadership and stewardship with innovative use of new media to spread the word about energy conservation and climate change.
Hands-On Optics - Making an Impact with Light logo Hands-On Optics - Making an Impact with Light
"Hands-On Optics" (HOO) is a unique informal science program that pairs optics professionals with science teachers to introduce underserved middle school students to the exciting world of optics.
Emperor penguins in Antarctica Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists
What's life like for researchers working in Antarctica and the Arctic? What questions are they asking and what answers are they finding? Follow along on their adventures with "Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists."
Kinetic City -- image of abstract train Kinetic City
Kinetic City is a fun, Web-based after-school science club for kids ages 8 through 11. It combines exciting online animations and activities with boxes of hands-on science experiments.
image of a bird Merlin's Bird Color Challenge
Sharpen your powers of observation--and contribute information to help build Merlin, a bird-identification tool that uses artificial intelligence.
a monarch butterfly Monarch Larva Monitoring Project
The Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP) involves citizens in collecting data that will help to explain the distribution and abundance patterns of monarch butterflies in North America.
One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
"One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure" brings the wonder of astronomy to young children through a collaboration between Sesame Workshop (the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street), the Beijing Planetarium, the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J.
Pulse of the Planet logo Pulse of the Planet
This Web site links visitors to radio broadcasts, illustrated features, science diaries, and more. Provides daily two-minute sound portraits of planet earth, tracking the rhythms of nature, culture and science worldwide, and blending interviews and extraordinary natural sound.
Radiolab logo Radiolab live "Apocalyptical"
Radiolab recently completed a 21 city tour with the science-filled live stage show "Apocalyptical." Over 50,000 people saw the show live in theaters and now it's been made available as a free online video.
a globe made of ice Sea Change: How High Will the Sea Rise
For people living on coastlines around the world, rising sea levels due to climate change is a great concern. A team of researchers seeks to improve predictions of sea-level rise in the future by learning how high the sea has risen in the past.
Neil degrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman live at the BellHouse in Brooklyn "StarTalk" Radio Show
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts "StarTalk," the first and only popular commercial call-in radio program devoted to all things space. "StarTalk" uses a unique combination of comedy and celebrity star power to pull the science out of the ordinary and pull the pop culture out of the scientific.
girl getting finger pricked Teen Café Scientifique
Café Scientifique, a program for teens to gather, explore, discuss, and debate the latest ideas in science and technology, and converse with experts in the field. Includes follow-up events explore aspects of the Café topic in greater depth.
image of community members on a beach The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST)
The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) is a citizen science project of over 700 community members who search their beach every month for what the tide brings in.
image of a ladybug on a plant The Lost Ladybug Project
The "Lost Ladybug Project" invites citizens to send photographs of ladybugs to help explain the decline of once common native ladybug species and document the spread of nonnative ladybug species across North America.
The Molecularium The Molecularium
Climb aboard the Molecularium for an animated, virtual tour of solids, liquids and gases—from the inside.
Trail of Time Trail of Time
The Trail of Time is a fully accessible, interpretive walking time-line trail that utilizes the unique vistas and rocks at the Grand Canyon to help the 5 million annual visitors ponder, explore and understand the magnitude of geologic time and the stories encoded in the rocks and landscapes.
image of a girl re-applying lip gloss to her lips Youth Radio
At 19, Youth Radio's Joi Morgan makes it her business to know what's in, when it comes to the latest cosmetics. But only recently has she started to wonder about the contents of the products she puts on her face--lipstick in particular. She brings us this story.