The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) is a national community of informal educators and scientists dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of current science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Nisenet.org is an online digital library of public educational products and tools designed for educators and scientists. 

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ASTC Annual Conference 2016

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016 to Sunday, September 25, 2016

The NISE Network will have many activities and professional development opportunities at the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) annual conference: including a booth, sessions, happy hour Friday Sept 23 at 5-7pm, and partner breakfast Sunday, September 25 at 7:30am

Newsletter: September 2016

Welcome to the monthly e-newsletter for the National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network and community.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

  • Community News: New NISE Network project announcement! ChemAttitudes, NISE Network announces application for free Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits of hands-on activities, Building with Biology: Engaging the public in conversations about synthetic biology, National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network transitioning to new regional hub structure, NISE Net: Making a macro impact with nanoscience
  • Upcoming Events: Upcoming Space & Earth STEM Education project online workshops, ASTC 2016 Conference, Celebrate National Chemistry Week 2016: Solving mysteries through chemistry
  • Partner HighlightsNanoGagliato: Where science meets the people of Calabria, Italy, Connecticut educators learn to "Build with Biology" with Southern Connecticut State University Faculty & 2016 iGEM team, Engineering inside and out at Science Central in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Science in the NewsNanoparticles that speed blood clotting may someday save lives, National Institutes of Health (NIH) moves to lift moratorium on animal-human chimera research, ESO discovers Earth-size planet in habitable zone of nearest star
  • STEM Throughout the Year: NISE Net's ideas for incorporating current science, engineering, and technology into holidays, seasons, annual events, and special events

New project announcement: ChemAttitudes

Kayla Berry, Museum of Science
NISE Network

We are pleased to announce the new project, ChemAttitudes, funded by the National Science Foundation. The ChemAttitudes project builds on the existing NISE Network infrastructure to raise the capacity of museums and informal science educators to engage the public in chemistry. This project  will use design-based research to develop a tested theoretical framework and set of educational activities that point the way to greater interestrelevance, and self-efficacy among museum visitors and those who attend events like National Chemistry Week. 

NISE Network announces application for free Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits of hands-on activities

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota
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The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) is pleased to offer 250 free Explore Science: Earth & Space 2017 toolkits to new and existing eligible partners in the US.  In collaboration with NASA, the NISE Network has assembled a new set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology, and society.  In addition to the physical toolkits, all digital materials will be available online for free download in February 2017.

NISE Network Transitioning to New Regional Hub Structure

Kayla Berry, Museum of Science
Regional Hub Map 2016

Dear NISE Network partners,

As the NISE Network makes a formal transition to the National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network, we wanted to let you know that our regional hub structure will be changing slightly with some regions being combined with others. 

NanoGagliato, Italy: Where Science Meets the Public

Paola Ferrari, NanoGagliato
NanoGagliato

Inspired by the senior scientists’ gatherings in Gagliato, NanoPiccola, the junior extension of the Accademia of Gagliato, launched NanoPiccola days offering children in the local community an opportunity to learn about nanotechnology and its applications. NanoPiccola days is a program that includes hands-on activities and games, presentations, scientist trading cards, and Q&A sessions with scientists and the public. In 2010, the Houston Methodist Research Institute became a partner of the NISE Network, and NanoPiccola an international collaborating partner. Upon joining the Network, the Accademia was able to improve upon their own line of activities and experiments, and a Network from which to draw further inspiration and support!

Partner Highlight: Connecticut Educators Learn to “Build with Biology” with Southern Connecticut State University Faculty & 2016 iGEM Team

Bryn Pinkerton, Office of STEM Innovation & Leadership, Southern Connecticut State University
Southern Connecticut State University Building with Biology workshop

On August 2nd, 2016, middle & high school Connecticut educators participated in a Building with Biology professional development workshop with Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) faculty. The workshop was a collaborative event coordinated by CRISP and the Office of STEM Innovation & Leadership. Educators discussed the social and ethical implications of synthetic biology with the first ever SCSU iGEM team through the forum “Should We Edit the Genome? When, Why, and How Much?”. 

Partner Highlight: Engineering Inside and Out at Science Central in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Jenny Young, Science Central
Science Central

Science Central paired one of our annual engineering events with Building with Biology.  Every July during Fort Wayne Indiana’s Three River Festival, we partner with a local architecture firm for an engineering egg drop competition from the top of our roof.  We premiered the Building with Biology activities with this event to highlight that engineering happens on the micro scale as well.