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. 

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Applications for free physical 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits of hands-on activities due November 4, 2016

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 sending partners with Nano exhibition a refill kit to extend the life of the exhibition

Christina Leavell

What’s the hottest item of the 2016 Holiday Season? The Nano mini-exhibition refill kit of course!

The NISE Network has developed a kit of resources to replenish select components of the Nano mini-exhibition. Partner sites receiving the refill kit have all confirmed their shipment details, and delivery of materials should take place in mid to late December 2016.

The refill kit includes…

Explore Science: Earth & Space Four-Week Online Professional Development Workshop

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Monday, February 13, 2017 to Friday, March 10, 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. 

Partner Highlight: Building with Biology Within the Teen Science Café Network - Exploring the Cool and the Scary

Kathryn Riddle Penzkover and Michelle K. Hall
Teen Science Cafe Network

The teen years are a time of exploring new frontiers and making important decisions that will change lives in ways that cannot be known. The same can be said for the field of synthetic biology - it is a time of great exploration and possibilities, myriad choices, and cautious trepidation of the unknown. During the 2016 Teen Science Café Network annual workshop held August 21-24 at the Explora! Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 41 adult mentors of teen science café programs participated in a science café to introduce them to the field of synthetic biology and provide them with rich resources, such as the Building with Biology kit, that can be used in a science café explicitly for teens. 

Newsletter: November 2016

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


  • Community News: Deadline approaching: Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit applications due November 4th, Building with Biology engages youth through Teen Science Cafes, Museum & Community Partnerships project report reminder
  • Upcoming Events: Generation Nano: Small Science, Superheroes competition now open
  • Partner Highlights: Building with Biology within the Teen Science Café Network - Exploring the cool and the scary
  • Featured on the Website: DIY Nano app featured on Boxlight Mimio's blog
  • Science in the News: Makers of world's smallest machines awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Tobacco plants engineered to manufacture malaria drug, Total solar eclipse 2017: Through the eyes of NASA, Have we found all the elements?
  • STEM Throughout the Year: NISE Net's ideas for incorporating current science, engineering, and technology into holidays, seasons, annual events, and special events 

Training Videos filmed for 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota
Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit training videos filming

Lights, Camera, Action! Over the past few weeks NISE Network project staff located at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, North Carolina have been working to create a set of training videos which will be included in the 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit. These training videos are designed to help staff and volunteers using toolkit activities learn how to facilitate the hands-on activities with members of the public.

New project announcement: ChemAttitudes

Kayla Berry, Museum of Science
NISE Network

We are pleased to announce the new project, ChemAttitudes, funded by the National Science Foundation. The ChemAttitudes project builds on the existing NISE Network infrastructure to raise the capacity of museums and informal science educators to engage the public in chemistry. This project  will use design-based research to develop a tested theoretical framework and set of educational activities that point the way to greater interestrelevance, and self-efficacy among museum visitors and those who attend events like National Chemistry Week.