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). is an online digital library of public educational products and tools designed for educators and scientists. 

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Newsletter: January 2017

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


  • Community News: Awards for physical 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits announced, Special professional development opportunity for 2017 physical Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit recipients
  • Upcoming Events & Opportunities: Upcoming NISE Network online workshops, A mini-grant program for the solar eclipse
  • Partner Highlights: BosLab hosts first Building with Biology event in Somerville, Massachusetts
  • Featured on the Website: New! Content videos for 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit, Featured: Explore Science: Nano & Society - Space Elevator
  • Science in the News: What does research say about how to effectively communicate about science, Breathalyzer-like nanoarray sensor detects disease, Can CRISPR be used to stop Duchenne muscular dystrophy?, NASA's Night Sky Network: What's up for January 2017? NASA's Modern Hidden Figures Toolkit, Gulf methanol plant receives $2 billion loan from Department of Energy, Chemical & Engineering News year in review 2016
  • STEM Throughout the Year: NISE Net's ideas for incorporating current science, engineering, and technology into holidays, seasons, annual events, and special events 

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Partner Highlight: BosLab hosts first Building with Biology event in Somerville, Massachusetts

By: Angela Kaczmarczyk and Jennifer Clifford, BosLab

Boston Open Science Laboratory (BosLab) is a community lab located in Somerville, Massachusetts dedicated to science outreach and offers educational seminars, workshops, and hands-on molecular biology classes for the public. In September 2016, we held two Building with Biology events: a hands-on activity and public forum event. As a community lab, we were excited to join universities, museums, and other educational organizations nationwide in this public engagement project focused on synthetic biology.


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Awards for physical 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits announced

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota

The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) is pleased to announce the award of 250  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.

A total of 250 toolkits have been awarded to eligible organizations through a...


NISE Network Online Workshops

Online Workshop: Tips for Planning Your August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse Event

Friday, January 27, 2017

Planning for Your August 21st, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Event. This online presentation and discussion will cover the science behind the 2017 total solar eclipse that will cross the continental United States from Oregon to South Carolina, and will invite NISE Network partners to share plans and ask questions of experts. 


NISE Network Online Workshops

Online Workshop: What's in Your Explore Science: Earth & Space Toolkit 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

What's in your Explore Science: Earth & Space 2017 Toolkit? This online discussion provides an overview of the hands-on STEM activities in your toolkit, tips for using training materials and forming local collaborations, and suggestions for marketing your events and programs.


NISE Network Online Workshops

Online Workshop: Finding and Collaborating with Astronomy Experts and Volunteers

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Connecting with astronomy and space science experts in your community: amateur astronomers, research scientists, and other experts are often enthusiastic volunteers eager to share their excitement for astronomy with the public. Learn how to find local experts and effectively collaborate with them to strengthen your astronomy and space science programs.


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Explore Science: Earth & Space Four-Week Online Professional Development Workshop

Sunday, February 12, 2017 to Thursday, March 9, 2017

As part of receiving the 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit, your education staff is eligible to participate in a free 4-week online professional development workshop, taking place February 13 – March 10, 2017. This workshop, presented in partnership with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, will prepare educators to present the toolkit activities to public audiences. While the toolkit itself already includes everything needed to present the activities, this optional extended online workshop experience will provide more in-depth training, exclusive access to guest scientists, and connections with colleagues at other museums who are also implementing the toolkit activities at their institutions.