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. 

"Exploring Structures - Butterfly" (NanoDays 2012) short activity

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The NanoDays Collection book, a compendium of all NanoDays activities and resources is now available!

The NanoDays 2015 digital kit and other prior kits are available for download!  Next NanoDays events: March 25-April 2, 2017


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"NanoDays Collection" printed book shipped to active NISE Network partners in the US

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota
NanoDays Collection compendium cover

The NISE Network will soon be shipping a box of printed and digital materials to selected active NISE Network partner museums and universities located in the United States.The NISE Network leadership wants to thank partner organizations for your involvement with the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) and for all your efforts to engage public audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology over the past years. We are pleased to share a compendium of all the NanoDays activities developed over the past ten years. For most partner organizations, we are only mailing one box, so please share these resources with your colleagues and local collaborators.

Newsletter: July 2016

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


  • Community News - "NanoDays Collection" shipped to active NISE Network partners, Building with Biology events have begun taking place around the U.S. this summer, Space and Earth Informal STEM Education (SEISE) project, Sustainability in Science Museums digital kit available for download online
  • Upcoming Events - Upcoming online workshops: Staying connected to the Network and community, My Sky Tonight workshop: Astronomy for pre-K children in museums, Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference 2016
  • Featured on the Website - Building with Biology Kit, SustainABLE Kit, NanoDays Collection Book, DIY Nano Book
  • Partner Highlights - NISE Network partner museum honored with 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, Museum & Community Partnership - Zoom into Science at the Library, Building with Biology at the Museum of Science in Boston
  • Science in the News - New nanomaterial offers promise in bendable, wearable electronic devices; Genetically engineered crops appear to be safe, federal expert analysis finds; Silicon Valley's bloody plant burger smells, tastes and sizzles like meat; Juno in orbit around might Jupiter
  • Nano Throughout the Year

Partner Highlight: Museum & Community Partnership-Zoom Into Science at the Library

Sarah Fisk, SUNY Poly CMOST

The SUNY Poly Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (SUNY Poly CMOST) and the Albany Public Library have frequently worked together on a variety of STE(a)M based projects, recognizing one another as strong community organizations. When the opportunity was announced to apply for an Explore Science – Zoom into Nano kit that focused on museum and community partnerships, it was an obvious fit for The Museum to pursue Albany Public library as a partner in this endeavor.

Partner Highlight: Building with Biology at the Museum of Science in Boston

Caroline Lowenthal, Museum of Science
Museum of Science Building with Biology event 2016

The Museum of Science in Boston hosted its Building with Biology event on Sunday, June 26. It was open to all museum visitors, and included the hands-on activities from the kit, a few hands-on activities from the pilot year, a graffiti board, passports and tattoos, guest speakers, iGEM team presenters, and a table for a local synthetic biology company. That evening, we held the “Should We Engineer the Mosquito?” forum.

Partner Highlight: NISE Network partner museum honored with 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Brad Herring, Museum of Life and Science
Mid-America Science Museum

We’d like to extend our most sincere congratulations to NISE Network partner, Mid-America Science Museum of Hot Springs, AR, on receiving the prestigious 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. This award, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their community, honors institutions that respond to societal needs in innovative ways, making a difference for individuals, families and their communities.

Building with Biology physical kits ship this week!

KC Miller, Science Museum of Minnesota
Building with Biology kit at warehouse

We are putting the finishing touches on the kits now, and they will be on their way to you this week (week of June 1, 2016)! These kits are the product of a lot of hard work by leading institutions in the fields of informal science education, science communication, and research. We are so excited to get these activities in your hands for outreach in your community. 

ASTC Annual Conference 2016

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Thursday, September 22, 2016 to Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The NISE Network will have many activities and professional development opportunities at the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) annual conference:


New Space and Earth Informal STEM Education project announced!

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota
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We are pleased to announce the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) has been selected for five years of funding by NASA Science Mission Directorate to implement the Space and Earth Informal STEM Education (SEISE) project.

Building with Biology


The purpose of the Building with Biology project is to create conversations in museums among scientists and public audiences about the emerging field of synthetic biology and its societal implications.