National Writing Project

Intersections Partnerships


The best of formal and informal education merged when the National Writing Project (NWP) and the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) kicked off the Intersections Initiative. Intersections supports partnerships between Writing Project sites and science museums around the country to integrate literacy practices with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and to work at the intersections of formal and informal learning. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the 10 Intersections Partnerships provide models of connected learning in action.


Funded by the National Science Foundation, this grant was created to address the critical need for more programming that integrates two very important areas of curriculum—science and literacy, with a strong commitment to expanding access to high-quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and literacy education. The NWP/ASTC partnership fostered the creation of new program models able to reach a more diverse range of youth and educators, resulting in an infusion of literacy practices in informal settings as well as increased exposure of formal educators to STEM-rich learning experiences. The program has built on recommendations in the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Ten Partner Sites


  • Charlotte, NC: UNC Charlotte Writing Project and Discovery Place
  • Missoula, MT: spectrUM Discovery Area and Montana Writing Project
  • Phoenix, AZ: Arizona Science Center and Central Arizona Writing Project
  • Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Science Center And Western Pennsylvania Writing Project
  • San Diego, CA: San Diego Natural History Museum, The Fleet Inquiry Institute and San Diego Area Writing Project


  • Bangor, ME: Maine Discovery Museum and Maine Writing Project
  • Boise, ID: Discovery Center of Idaho and Boise State Writing Project
  • Fort Collins, CO: Fort Collins Museum of Discovery and Colorado State University Writing Project
  • Philadelphia, PA: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and Philadelphia Writing Project
  • Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and Tar River Writing Project


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