Established in 2004, BOSE focuses on science learning and education for all, from early childhood to adulthood, in both schools and informal learning environments, such as science museums, aquariums, nature centers, and social networks. BOSE investigates how science is learned and taught, from individual self-directed learning and the teaching-learning exchange in a classroom or at the dinner table to the effectiveness of schools or entire federal education programs. BOSE reports have influenced federal legislation, provided guidance to federal agencies involved in STEM education, and shaped RFPs from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Education. Through the board’s particular attention to broad dissemination and stakeholder engagement, its reports have had considerable influence on professional communities in K-12 formal education and informal science settings.
The board's core work is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.