The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) is a community of informal educators and scientists dedicated to supporting learning about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) across the United States. Nisenet.org is an online digital library of public educational products and tools designed for educators and scientists. 

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Newsletter: February 2017

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

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

  • Community News: Thank you to NISE Net Partners involved in nano project, Physical 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits have shipped, Digital 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit now available for download
  • Upcoming Events & Opportunities: Upcoming NISE Network online workshops
  • Evaluation and Research: NISE Network Professional Impacts Summative Evaluation, Explore Science: Earth & Space 2017 Baseline Survey
  • Partner Highlights: Explore Science and Bars without Barriers in Shreveport, Louisiana; Building with Biology at Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Featured on the Website:  Recent NISE Net Online Workshops recordings and resources
  • Science in the News
  • 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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Thank You to Partners Involved in the Nano Project!

By Larry Bell, Museum of Science

February 2017 is the final month of NSF funding for the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network, which would prompt a sort-of sad note if we didn’t have so many projects going on under the umbrella of the National Informal STEM Education Network.  For many of us, the nano project was unlike anything we had experienced before, stretching over 11½ years and involving over 600 institutional partners and 2,700 individuals from museums, universities, and a range of other organizations. 

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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit packing in warehouse

Physical 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits have shipped out!

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota

The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) Explore Science: Earth & Space 2017 physical toolkit have shipped out to 250 institutions nationwide!

A total of 250 toolkits have been awarded to eligible organizations through a competitive application process. Eligible organizations include children’s museums, science centers, science museums, public planetariums and observatories, and NASA visitor centers located in the US.

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Digital 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit now available for download

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota

The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) Explore Science: Earth & Space 2017 digital toolkit is now available for download.

www.nisenet.org/earthspacekit-2017

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.  

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2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space Toolkit

Please check your 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space physical toolkits!

KC Miller, Science Museum of Minnesota

All the 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space physical toolkits should now be delivered!

As you begin your preparations for your Explore Science: Earth & Space events this spring, we encourage you to go through each activity box sooner rather than later.

The list of everything that should be in the toolkits is available here: http://www.nisenet.org/earthspacekit-2017

We have had a few reports of missing items and spillages, so it would be good to know what you need to replace, instead of waiting...

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NISE Network Online Workshops

Online Workshop: The Science Behind the Earth and Space Toolkit: The Changing Earth

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The online presentation and discussion will cover the science behind three of the Explore Science: Earth & Space 2017 toolkit activities - Rising Seas, Investigating Clouds, and Orbiting Objects. Space scientist and science educator will facilitate discussions around rising seas, cloud distribution and formation, and the Earth's gravity.  We will also discuss how to use the NISE Net’s NASA Wavelength lists to enhance or extend interactions with visitors.

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Online Workshop: The Science Behind the Earth and Space Toolkit: Astrobiology - Searching for Life

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

This online presentation and discuss will cover the science behind three of the Explore Science: Earth & Space 2017 toolkit activities - Ice Orbs, Imagining Life, and Pocket Solar System. Astrophysicist and science educator will also lead a discussion about astrobiology and the search for life in the universe. We will also discuss how to use the NISE Net’s NASA Wavelength lists to enhance or extend interactions with visitors.

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Partner Highlight: Explore Science and Bars without Barriers in Shreveport, Louisiana

By: Alan Brown, Sci-Port Discovery Center

In July 2015, with funding from the Beaird Family Foundation, Sci-Port Discovery Center began a joint venture with the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Workforce Re-entry Facility. While that re-entry program provides job training and skills, our Bars without Barriers program provides training on Informal Science Education techniques and activities in order to serve two primary goals. First, we want to raise awareness of the importance of STEM education because we work from the assumption that the offenders’ children will someday engineer the spaceships expected to carry our children to Mars. Second, whether those children grow up to be doctors, engineers, artists or athletes, those children will be better people if their parents are involved in their lives, and the STEM activities and communication skills we teach can help those offenders rebuild whatever bonds may have been strained by their years of incarceration.

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Temple Beth Zion Beth Isreal

Building with Biology at Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Philadelphia, PA

By: Spencer Glantz, University of Pennsylvania

Over the last few years, Spencer Glantz, a bioengineering PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania, has helped to grow and advise the Penn iGEM team, worked with museum educators at The Franklin Institute to develop prototype activities for Building with Biology, and volunteered at the Institute’s public Building with Biology event in summer 2016. These experiences prepared him to start his own partnership with a youth group at his synagogue, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel (BZBI), to develop a program about the field of synthetic biology. Teenagers ranging in age from 7th - 12th grade...

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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. 

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