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2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space Toolkit

Please check your 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space physical toolkits!

KC Miller, Science Museum of Minnesota

All the 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space physical toolkits should now be delivered!

As you begin your preparations for your Explore Science: Earth & Space events this spring, we encourage you to go through each activity box sooner rather than later.

The list of everything that should be in the toolkits is available here: http://www.nisenet.org/earthspacekit-2017

We have had a few reports of missing items and spillages, so it would be good to know what you need to replace, instead of waiting...

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Thank You to Partners Involved in the Nano Project!

By Larry Bell, Museum of Science

February 2017 is the final month of NSF funding for the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network, which would prompt a sort-of sad note if we didn’t have so many projects going on under the umbrella of the National Informal STEM Education Network.  For many of us, the nano project was unlike anything we had experienced before, stretching over 11½ years and involving over 600 institutional partners and 2,700 individuals from museums, universities, and a range of other organizations. 

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Physical 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits have shipped out!

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota

The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) Explore Science: Earth & Space 2017 physical toolkit have shipped out to 250 institutions nationwide!

A total of 250 toolkits have been awarded to eligible organizations through a competitive application process. Eligible organizations include children’s museums, science centers, science museums, public planetariums and observatories, and NASA visitor centers located in the US.

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Partner Highlight: Explore Science and Bars without Barriers in Shreveport, Louisiana

By: Alan Brown, Sci-Port Discovery Center

In July 2015, with funding from the Beaird Family Foundation, Sci-Port Discovery Center began a joint venture with the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Workforce Re-entry Facility. While that re-entry program provides job training and skills, our Bars without Barriers program provides training on Informal Science Education techniques and activities in order to serve two primary goals. First, we want to raise awareness of the importance of STEM education because we work from the assumption that the offenders’ children will someday engineer the spaceships expected to carry our children to Mars. Second, whether those children grow up to be doctors, engineers, artists or athletes, those children will be better people if their parents are involved in their lives, and the STEM activities and communication skills we teach can help those offenders rebuild whatever bonds may have been strained by their years of incarceration.

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Digital 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit now available for download

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota

The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) Explore Science: Earth & Space 2017 digital toolkit is now available for download.

www.nisenet.org/earthspacekit-2017

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.  

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Building with Biology at Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Philadelphia, PA

By: Spencer Glantz, University of Pennsylvania

Over the last few years, Spencer Glantz, a bioengineering PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania, has helped to grow and advise the Penn iGEM team, worked with museum educators at The Franklin Institute to develop prototype activities for Building with Biology, and volunteered at the Institute’s public Building with Biology event in summer 2016. These experiences prepared him to start his own partnership with a youth group at his synagogue, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel (BZBI), to develop a program about the field of synthetic biology. Teenagers ranging in age from 7th - 12th grade...

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BosLab Building with Biology event

Partner Highlight: BosLab hosts first Building with Biology event in Somerville, Massachusetts

By: Angela Kaczmarczyk and Jennifer Clifford, BosLab

Boston Open Science Laboratory (BosLab) is a community lab located in Somerville, Massachusetts dedicated to science outreach and offers educational seminars, workshops, and hands-on molecular biology classes for the public. In September 2016, we held two Building with Biology events: a hands-on activity and public forum event. As a community lab, we were excited to join universities, museums, and other educational organizations nationwide in this public engagement project focused on synthetic biology.

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Awards for physical 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits announced

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota

The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) is pleased to announce the award of 250  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.

A total of 250 toolkits have been awarded to eligible organizations through a...

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

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

Darrell Porcello, University of California, Berkeley

Lights, Camera, Action, Part Deux! 

NISE Network staff moved the training video roadshow to the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco, CA to film the next set of media assets for the 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit. Space scientists Drs. Laura Peticolas and Katherine Kornei, working with the NISE Network through University of California, Berkeley, starred in the videos that are designed to help staff and volunteers understand and communicate the science behind the toolkit activities. This new series of content videos will also leverage exciting NASA...

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Partner Highlight: Building with Biology at The Ohio State University: Partnering with Community Organizations to Engage the Public in Science Learning

By: Courtney Price, The Ohio State University

The Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS) and the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center (ABRC) at The Ohio State University (OSU) used the Building with Biology kit as an opportunity to engage in public outreach while building community partnerships. CAPS and ABRC have been exploring partnership opportunities with COSI, the science center in Columbus, Ohio, for the past few years. The hands-on activities included in the Building with Biology kit provided an ideal opportunity to work with COSI as a part of their annual Farm Days event, which brings the farm into the city for a five-day long celebration of agriculture.

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