About the 2016 I-WISE Workshop in Washington, D.C.

The workshop is funded by the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Division of the National Science Foundation and is co-sponsored by the Indigenous Education Institute and the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.

Dates of Workshop: May 31 – June 1, 2016

Location: Washington D.C.
• May 31st: Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
• June 1st: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

The two-day event will convene principal investigators, educators, scientists, policymakers, learning researchers, and youth to advance research aimed at the convergent margin of Native and Western science in the field of informal STEM learning. The goals of the workshop are to:

  • Report on the results of the I-WISE Conference held in New Mexico in 2015, where participants worked together to iIntegrate and synthesize approaches, methods, and findings to date;
  • Formulate a research agenda in this area;
  • Inform program officers of federal agencies and private foundations about efforts that bridge Indigenous Knowledge and STEM.

Discussions will focus on the importance of taking into account Indigenous world- views to enhance public science literacy and improve STEM education, career opportunities, and lifelong learning for Native youth. The results of IWISE and following discussions will be synthesized and are expected to contribute towards advancing the informal science education field.

Please join us for this exciting opportunity!
Ka’iu Kimura, Executive Director, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai’i 
Nancy C. Maryboy, PhD. President, Indigenous Education Institute

For more information please contact Mino`aka Macanas: Email: iwise@imiloahawaii.org Phone: +1-808-969-9708