howtosmile was originally supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation under the National STEM Education Distributed Learning Program (NSF DRL 0735007). The project has received subsequent funding from the Oracle Corporation and the Camile & Henry Dreyfus Foundation. Presently, howtosmile is a project of the Lawrence Hall of Science.
SMILE was launched in 2010, by a group of science museums dedicated to bringing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) out of the academic cloister and into the wider world. Our organizations are resource hubs for educational programs that involve people of all ages and backgrounds. The founding partners of howtosmile were the Lawrence Hall of Science, the Exploratorium, the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Children’s Museum of Houston, and the New York Hall of Science.
howtosmile has benefited from a prestigious and diverse array of national organizations dedicated to STEM. National Partners including: science museums, federal agencies, professional membership organizations, community-based groups, public television stations, and other organizations engaged in out-of-school education, have directly assisted howtosmile in showcasing and catalog great STEM activities.