The Discovery is excited to announce the launch of ScienceNearMe.org, an innovative web and mobile platform connecting families and the general public with opportunities to explore, experience, and engage in science from anywhere.
Science Near Me makes it easy for people to connect with the right opportunity across a spectrum of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) topics and venues, and helps accelerate research on science engagement and learning in the process.
The mobile-friendly website includes simple tools like the Opportunity Finder, which lets people efficiently search a rich, distributed network of partner organizations’ databases to identify programs, events and projects by location, age levels, topic, type of engagement and more. Now, in one place, the public can quickly discover an event at a local museum, an astronomy talk at a local pub or a science policy forum open to the public online. The site provides additional easy-to-use tools that enable media partners, community- based organizations, and others to easily customize and embed these offerings on their own websites tailored to STEM engagement in their communities.
With a broad roster of national and regional partners, and funding from the National Science Foundation, Science Near Me is uniting traditionally separate offerings from museums, science festivals, citizen science, science policy forums, after-school programs, maker programs, astronomy clubs and more. Science Near Me aggregates thousands of STEM events, projects, and programs hosted by a wide range of organizations across the U.S.
As a Science Near Me pilot cohort partner, The Discovery is proud to join other organizations around the country to bring science to a broader audience. With this innovative online platform for discovering STEM opportunities, we’ll be expanding our reach to new and more diverse audiences while gathering important data for researchers studying science engagement.