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. 

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March 26-April 3, 2016

The NanoDays 2015 digital kit and other prior kits are available for download!  The Network is no longer creating new NanoDays kits.

 

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NISE Network is Transitioning to the National Informal STEM Education Network

Larry Bell, Museum of Science; Paul Martin, Science Museum of Minnesota; and Rae Ostman, Arizona State University

Dear NISE Net Participants and Supporters,

Thank you for all the great work you have done over the past decade. It has opened up totally new possibilities for the decade ahead. We are excited to let you know that with the completion of NSF funding for the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network, and the soon-to-be-announced NASA-funded Space and Earth Informal STEM Education project, the NISE Network is transitioning to a new, ongoing identity as the National Informal STEM Education Network! While we'll still be known as the NISE Net, network partners will now engage audiences across the United States in a range of STEM topics. Several new projects are already underway and others are in discussion for the future.

Association of Children's Museums (ACM) Interactivity 2016

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016 to Saturday, May 7, 2016

 Learn more about NISE Network activities and professional development opportunities at the Association of Children's Museums (ACM) annual Interactivity conference including a booth and sessions! 

 

 

Newsletter: May 2016

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

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

  • Community News"NanoDays Collection" printed book shipping soon to active NISE Network partners in the US, New opportunity! Forum stipend available for Building with Biology kit recipients, Building with Biology updates, National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network transition
  • Upcoming Events - NISE Network at the Association of Children's Museums (ACM) Interactivity conference, Upcoming online workshops: Staying connected to the Network and community, Interested or involved in live public science events?
  • Featured on the WebsiteNISE Network Program Development: A Guide to Creating Effective Learning Experiences for Public Audiences, NanoDays: A NISE Network Guide to Creating Activity Kits, Building Communities, and Inspiring Learning
  • Science in the News - Bio Focus: Light-activated quantum dots kill antibiotic resistant superbugs; Test of Zika-fighting genetically engineered mosquitoes get tentative F.D.A. approval; Stephen Hawking, Mark Zuckerberg to launch nano spacecraft Breakthrough Starshot into deep space
  • Nano Throughout the Year   

"NanoDays Collection" printed book shipping soon to active NISE Network partners in the US

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota
NanoDays Collection compendium cover

The NISE Network will soon be shipping a box of printed and digital materials to selected active NISE Network partner museums and universities located in the United States.The NISE Network leadership wants to thank partner organizations for your involvement with the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) and for all your efforts to engage public audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology over the past years. We are pleased to share a compendium of all the NanoDays activities developed over the past ten years. For most partner organizations, we are only mailing one box, so please share these resources with your colleagues and local collaborators.

Partner Highlight: NanoDays…keep the fire burnin’ in Bozeman, Montana!

Suzi Taylor, Extended University, Montana State University – Bozeman
Montana State University NanoDays / MicroDays

Apologies for the REO Speedwagon earworm, but it’s been fun to see how we at Montana State University can continue hosting…and even growing…our NanoDays program now that the 10-year NSF-funded program has ended. 

New Space and Earth Informal STEM Education project announced!

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota

 

We are pleased to announce the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) has been selected for five years of funding by NASA Science Mission Directorate to implement the Space and Earth Informal STEM Education (SEISE) project.

New logo unveiled for National Informal STEM Education Network!

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota

We are pleased to introduce a new logo for the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network). As the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network transitions to the National Informal STEM Education Network we will begin using this logo to communicate the new identity of the Network now engaged in a range of STEM topics.  Over the coming months you will increasingly see the new logo, though we will continue to use the existing NISE Net logo with nano-related materials and activities as the nano project winds down.

Building with Biology 2016 Physical Kit Recipients Have Been Selected!

Kayla Berry, Museum of Science
Building with Biology

Congratulations to the recipients of the Building with Biology 2016 physical kit! Building with Biology is one of several projects that extends the Network into the its new identity as the National Informal STEM Education Network by addressing new content areas, such as synthetic biology. This project also focuses on fostering public engagement in science by having scientist volunteers interact and have discussions with the public through hands-on activities and forums. Building with Biology physical kits have been awarded to over 150 organizations across the U.S. who will participate in Summer 2016 Building with Biology Events. 

Building with Biology

A new opportunity for new and existing NISE Network partners:

Purpose

The purpose of the Building with Biology project is to create conversations in museums among scientists and public audiences about the emerging field of synthetic biology and its societal implications.