Active Science Learning 

Professional Development and Support for Hands-on Science 

Active Science Learning founder Charlie Hutchison has spent over 20 years working to increase access to hands-on STEM programs for elementary and middle school youth -- especially from under served communities and for populations that are under represented in higher education and the STEM professions and trades. Charlie has trained hundreds of informal science specialist to lead hands-on science workshops for school and afterschool teachers all over the US. Click here for a partial list of his clients and collaborators.

From 1999 - 2014 Charlie received funding from the National Science Foundation Informal Science Education (ISE) program (now renamed Advancing Informal STEM Learning -- AISL) to develop hands-on science and engineering curriculum and to build a state-based infrastructure model to support STEM project leadership training for out of school time educators. He co-authored the Design It! and Explore It! curriculum series and directed the National Partnerships for AfterSchool Science [NPASS] -- a comprehensive professional development program that provided regular science workshops for over 1000 afterschool agencies in ten states.

Charlie has presented regularly at the annual conferences of the National Afterschool Alliance (NAA), the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the MidWest Science Academy (MASA) and other local and regional meetings.

Charlie earned his Ed. M (1990) from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and his BA, Human Ecology (1982) from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. He previously studied biology at the University of Edinburgh and engineering at the Royal Military College of Science at Shrivenham in the UK. He is licensed in Massachusetts to teach General Science Grades 5 - 8.


Active Science Learning has its roots in an earlier informal science initiative created by Charlie Hutchison and Peter Dudeney in 1994. Kids Institutes for Discovery Inc [KID], is a not for profit 501(c)3 corporation created to promote inquiry and discovery science in schools and afterschool programs in New England. ASL expands that work to promote and support active science learning anywhere in the US.

   "Charlie's understanding of the learning process, the classroom environment and student development make him a master teacher and trainer."

Michael Koski STEM Support Specialist Fitchburg Public Schools, Mass

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