The NISE Network is a national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. Nisenet.org is an online digital library of public nano educational products and tools designed for educators and scientists.
The NISE Network's DIY Nano app is featured in the September issue of FamilyFun magazine!
Several NISE Network representatives traveled to Washington DC this past month to attend the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advancing Informal STEM Learning Program (AISL) Principal Investigator (PI) Meeting organized by the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE).
Stay Connected! Learn about new events and resources by reading the latest issue of the Nano Bite, the monthly e-newsletter for the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net).
Are you thinking about applying for a 2015 NISE Network mini-grant? Then keep two important things in mind: 1) applications are due October 1, 2014 and 2) there are four years worth of examples for you to draw from as you brainstorm project ideas! That’s 179 successful projects all completed by fellow NISE Net partner museums and research centers. Check out the comprehensive list of mini-grant projects at http://nisenet.org/mini-grants.
For more inspiration, here are some mini-grant projects from the extraordinary and exotic Midwest Region: Ann-Arbor Hands-On Museum, Saint Louis Science Center, and Bootheel Youth Museum.
Partner Highlight: The Perot Museum of Nature and Science Inspires Students and Adults through "Nanoscience Family Science Night"
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, formerly known as the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science, in Dallas, TX has been an involved member of the NISE Network since 2011. This past year, the Perot Museum was able to expand their outreach programming through a NISE Net mini-grant by creating a nanoscale science-themed night for local schools called "Nanoscience Family Science Night," consisting of nine hands-on activity stations for students and their families.
For those of you who missed our recent NISE Net Brown Bag on Marketing Strategies for the Nano mini-exhibition, a recording of the presentation now lives here: http://www.nisenet.org/events/online-workshop/online-brown-bag-exhibit-small-talk-tips-hosting-nano-mini-exhibition
Similar to NanoDays, National Chemistry Week is the annual community event of the American Chemical Society (ACS). It is celebrated during the fourth week of October and it encourages chemists and chemistry enthusiasts to build awareness of chemistry at the local level. Join us to find out how to connect with ACS members in your area to collaborate on sharing the value of chemistry in everyday life.
Pictured: WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology in Bloomington, IN
This blog post is part of a series providing information for organizations hosting the Nano mini-exhibition created by the NISE Network about the use, maintenance, and general ways to enhance your copy of Nano.
If there’s not an app for it, there’s usually a guide!
What’s a mini-grant?
The NISE Network is making available a limited number of small, one-time awards to support initiatives by NISE Net partners to engage their local audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology topics. Requests can be made for an award up to $3,000 dollars to fund a small project or be put towards a larger endeavor.