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. 

"Exploring Fabrication - Gummy Capsules" (NanoDays 12, 13) 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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NISE Network Online Workshop - Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Join NISE Network partners for an introduction to the new Space & Earth Informal STEM Education (SEISE) project and learn how your organization can become more involved in this exciting new opportunity. In this online workshop, we'll present a general introduction to the project and an overview of what’s in the new Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits, including information about how to apply and eligibility requirements. These workshops and toolkits are open for both new and existing NISE Network partners located in the United States.

ASTC Annual Conference 2016

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016 to Monday, September 26, 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

 

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. 

“Nano”Gagliato, Italy: Where Science Meets the Public

Paola Ferrari, NanoGagliato
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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
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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. 

Newsletter: August 2016

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

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

  • Community News - Engaging public audiences nationwide in conversations about synthetic biology, Explore Science: Earth & Space 2017 toolkit application coming soon, Sustainability in Science Museums digital resources available online, National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network transition 
  • Upcoming Events - Upcoming online workshops: Staying connected to the Network and community, Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference 2016, Celebrate National Chemistry Week this October
  • Featured on the Website - SustainABLE Kit 
  • Partner Highlights - "Miners Dig Deep" and Show Summer Campers How to Build with Biology, Building with Biology at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Social media NISE Network partner shout-outs
  • Science in the News - Undeclared nanoparticles in four French foods triggers call for crackdown, Sanofi teams up with U.S. Army on Zika vaccine, Look up! Perseid meteor show peaks August 11-12, NASA sails full-speed ahead in solar system exploration
  • Nano Throughout the Year - National Chemistry Week (October 16-22), Other year-round activities

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.