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March 28-April 5, 2015

The NanoDays 2014 digital kit is available for download!

​NanoDays 2015 physical kit applications due December 1st.

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NanoDays 2015 physical kit applications available now- due December 1st

Catherine McCarthy

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NanoDays 2015 will be held from March 28 through April 5, 2015. NanoDays is a week of community-based educational outreach events to raise public awareness of nanoscale science, technology and engineering throughout the United States. NanoDays kits are currently in production and will be ready for distribution in early 2015. We invite you to fill out an online application for a physical kit containing all of the materials and resources you need to start planning your community events; applications are due December 1, 2014.

ASTC Annual Conference 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014 to Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Please plan ahead to arrive in time to attend the free NISE Network Reception Special Event at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham: Friday, October 17, 2014: 4:00 PM-7:00 PM

 

Online Brown-Bag: Team-Based Inquiry Stories - NISE Network Partners Share What Works (and What Doesn't!)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Team-Based Inquiry (TBI) is an approach to empowering professionals to get the data they need, when they need it, in order to improve their products and practices and create successful educational experiences. This year, 20 individuals from 10 NISE Network partner institutions participated in a focused professional development cohort where they learned the TBI process and tried it out in their own institutions. This brown bag is the first in a series of online discussions to help partners better understand what TBI is and how it can be used in any institution and for any type of project or question.

Online Brown-Bag: Exhibit Small Talk - Tips for Hosting the Nano Mini-Exhibition: Reaching New Audiences

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Nano mini-exhibition was designed to have a very wide reach, with hosts in multiple settings across the United States. Thus, a large part of the development process was dedicated to creating tools to make the exhibition welcoming and accessible to as many people as possible. In this third conversation of the “Exhibits Small Talk” series, we will highlight the resources available from the NISE Net for audience engagement around the Nano mini-exhibition and much more!

NISE Net Annual Partner Survey 2014 invitations – coming soon!

Liz Rosino, OMSI

We are excited to announce that this year’s NISE Net Annual Partner Survey will be launching in late October!

This is your opportunity to share your opinions and experiences as a NISE Net Partner.  The survey is an essential component in our ongoing efforts to understand, enhance, and expand the NISE Net partner experience.

NISE Network posters presented at the CAISE NSF AISL PI meeting

Larry Bell

CAISE poster 1Several 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).

Nano Bite: September 2014

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).

Online Brown-Bag: How to Host a National Chemistry Week Event

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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.

2015 Mini-Grant Application Opens August 1, 2015! (Applications Due October 1, 2014)

Christina Akers
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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.

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Online Brown-Bag: Localizing Your NanoDays Kit: Adapting Kit Material for Local Culture and Industry

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NISE Net partners have adapted NanoDays activities to extend and increase engagement and understanding of nano in their local communities. From creating a series of culturally based activities for camps and school outreach to using kit activities to foster closer relationships with local industry, we'll explore ways to identify the need and what steps these museums have taken to successfully bring nano to their community.