Informal Education

Research on educational achievement shows that much learning takes place outside the walls and hours of school.  People who excel in school often do so as a result of the things they do when they are not in school.  Museums, aquariums, science and technology centers, libraries and other informal education venues serve adults and children in after school and summer programs.  The links below connect to nonprofit organizations that offer valuable educational resources on the Internet.

Khan Academy Khan Academy is a widely acclaimed source of free information that helps student with homework on the Internet.


The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) is a nonprofit organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among increasingly diverse audiences. This website provides links to many of the 600 members in 40 countries.  Viewer can have virtual tours of the centers and museums, do activities on the Internet, and learn about educational programs available at the centers.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, science and technology centers and museums have created fantastic digital experiences, online learning opportunities, and virtual engagements. You can learn more at each institution’s website, and visit ASTC’s list of programming created by some of our members.

National Geographic puzzles

The National Geographic Society is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world.  Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.  The website has many interesting articles for reading, in addition to puzzles that can be completed online, free of charge.

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