Blog: Network News

Rae Ostman, Arizona State University
This past year was busy and successful, as hundreds of NISE Network partners across the country participated in Network projects! It’s exciting to have so many organizations dedicated to engaging people in their local communities in learning about current STEM research. Here are some of our favorite Network moments of 2017, together with some indicators of the impact we achieve working together.
Darrell Porcello, University of California, Berkeley
The DIY Nano app has recently been named one of the top 60 education apps available by the UK tutoring site Tutora, which scored high marks in the category for children ages 6-10 years. DIY Nano provides free, easy to use, hands-on activities at your fingertips. Each activity includes material lists, step-by-step instructions, and detailed explanations. DIY Nano is available for iPhones and iPads.
David Sittenfeld, Emily Hostetler, Susan Heilman, Angela Damery, and Becky Smick from Museum of Science; and Thor Carlson, Science Museum of Minnesota
Our ChemAttitudes activity developers have been working closely with their partners from the project research team through a process called design-based research. Read their reflections about their experiences in testing, refining, and revising their creations as part of this national project to improve informal learning about chemistry.
Rae Ostman, Arizona State University and Victoria Fiordalis, Sciencenter
NISE Net is partnering with Arizona State University and partners across the country to celebrate the anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein! This 200-year-old story explores themes of human creativity, societal responsibility, and scientific ethics. Your organization can participate in the nationwide birthday party for Frankenstein by downloading a free digital activity kit from http://www.nisenet.org/frankensteinkit .
Ali Jackson, Sciencenter
In January 2017, the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) awarded 250 free Explore Science: Earth & Space 2017 toolkits to new and existing eligible partners in the United States. In collaboration with NASA, NISE Net assembled and shared...
Brad Herring
Quiet on the set! And, action! Over the past month NISE Network project staff from the Museum of Life and Science, the Sciencenter and the University of California, Berkeley have been filming a total of 21 training videos to accompany...
David Sittenfeld, Museum of Science
What activities are each of you planning for National Chemistry Week (NCW) this year? As I am sure many of you are doing at your own institutions, we have been busy at the Museum of Science in Boston the last couple of months preparing for this year’s NCW celebration, which is also celebrating its 30th anniversary. This year’s theme is “Chemistry Rocks!,” so we have been designing and testing a range of activities that will connect to geochemistry topics.
David Sittenfeld and Katie Todd, Museum of Science
The Building with Biology project began in the fall of 2014, and through collaborative partnerships with scientists a kit of Building with Biology hands-on activities and public dialogue programs were created and disseminated to nearly 200 sites across the U.S. to help recipients incorporate public engagement with science (PES) activities about synthetic biology into their educational programming. While the initial project introduced new content (synbio) and practices (PES) into a variety of organizations, and with the current news around the gene editing technique CRISPR, the time is right to address this topic through the development of a brand new forum program on human genome editing.
Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota
The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) is pleased to offer 250 free Explore Science: Earth & Space 2018 toolkits to new and existing eligible partners in the United States. In collaboration with NASA, the NISE Network has assembled...
Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota
Tips for solar eclipse glasses still in good condition: A) store them safely and reuse them the glasses will last for years of solar viewing and can be saved for the April 2024 solar eclipse B) donate them Astronomers Without...