published March 13, 2014

Ellen Lettvin Named Robert Noyce Fellow in Informal STEM Learning

Hailey Chenevert, NCSCE

Dr. Ellen Lettvin, Vice President of Science and Education for Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington, has been named as the Robert Noyce Fellow in Informal Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Learning. Dr. Lettvin began her Fellowship in the United States Department of Education's (DoE) Office of Innovation and Improvement on Monday, March 10, 2014.

In her role as the Robert Noyce Fellow, Dr. Lettvin will coordinate closely with several groups across the DoE and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, work with the National Science Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, and other leading research groups, and collaborate with corporate, non-profit and philanthropic communities, and a variety of informal education organizations. Dr. Lettvin's work will focus on identifying ways in which informal STEM learning can improve existing and proposed DoE programs.

In Pacific Science Center's announcement of Fellowship, Dr. Lettvin is quoted as saying, "This is a very exciting time for the field, as informal approaches to learning about science, technology, engineering and math are being integrated more deliberately into education programs." She goes on to say, "I am honored to have the opportunity to engage more broadly with the educational community on a national scale and look forward to helping make a difference as we engage and inspire youth about the STEM fields."

The Noyce Foundation and the Charles Steward Mott Foundation jointly fund the Fellowship.

The Noyce Foundation also supports NCSCE's initiative SENCER-ISE (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities- Informal Science Education). To read more about the initiative, visit the SENCER-ISE website, found here.

Learn more about Dr. Lettvin's Fellowship in Pacific Science Center's announcement, found here.