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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The NanoDays Collection book, a compendium of all NanoDays activities and resources is now available!
Next NanoDays events: March 25-April 2, 2017


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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.

Newsletter: October 2016

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


  • Community News: Apply Now! Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit applications due November 4th, Don't forget to complete your Building wiht Biology final report, Museums & Community Partnerships projects implemented, ChemAttitudes: Project designed to stimulate interest, sense of relevance, and self-efficacy about chemistry among public audiences, NISE Network transitions to a new regional hub structure
  • Upcoming Events: National Chemistry Week taking place October 16 - 22, 2016
  • Partner Highlights: Children's Museum of Eau Claire's "Science Troupe" visits Science Museum of Minnesota!, Building with Biology at Port Discovery Children's Museum: Purposeful play and learning through meaningful science experiences
  • Featured on the Website: NISE Network online workshop: Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits (Recorded), Sustainable Nano podcast
  • Science in the News: Using graphene to lower the cost and footprint of LEDs, Quantum computing progress, The problem with Vanilla, Scientists find 3.7 billion-year-old-fossil, NASA's Hubble spots possible water plumes erupting on Jupiter's moon Europa, How to keep your phone batter charged longer
  • STEM Throughout the Year: NISE Net's ideas for incorporating current science, engineering, and technology into holidays, seasons, annual events, and special events  

Partner Highlight: Building with Biology at Port Discovery Children's Museum: Purposeful Play and Learning through Meaningful Science Experiences

Sarah Zimmerman, Port Discovery Children's Museum
Port Discovery Children's Museum

On July 30th, 2016 scientists, students, and families came together at Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to explore and discover the emerging field of synthetic biology. The museum’s Building with Biology event was a great success, attracting over 1,300 guests. Children visiting the museum range from birth to 10 years old, making it a unique opportunity to introduce young future scientists to the excitement of the field. 

Partner Highlight: Children’s Museum of Eau Claire's "Science Troupe" Visits SMM!

Christina Leavell

At the end of summer 2016, our friends at the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire dropped by the Science Museum of Minnesota for a behind-the-scenes look around the museum. With them they brought the “Eau Claire Science Troupe” summer camp participants – an elite group of middle school students who had been working hard that past week with materials from the NISE Network's “Explore Science: Zoom into Nano” kit.

New project announcement: ChemAttitudes

Kayla Berry, Museum of Science
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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.