Nano exhibition

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…

  • New set of puck-and-stick foam pieces for the “Build a Giant Carbon Nanotube” exhibit component
  • New set of blocks for the “Balance Our Nano Future” exhibit
  • ...

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Carbon Nanotube, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Carbon Bonds: Clarifying Confusion with the “Build a Giant Carbon Nanotube” model in the Nano mini-exhibition

Christina Leavell

Photo provided by Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum in Ann Arbor, MI

We have received questions asking why there aren't four bonds for each carbon atom in the "Build a Giant Carbon Nanotube" component of the Nano mini-exhibition. Catherine McCarthy, Project Leader for the NISE Network, and Keith Ostfeld, Director of Educational Technology and Exhibit Development at the Children’s Museum of Houston, offer some clarity and insights into these inquiries…

It’s true that carbon atoms have four bonding sites, but carbon is very flexible in how it bonds. Carbon has the...

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Partner Highlight: More Than Meets the “I” at Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Marcos Stafne, PhD, Brooklyn Children’s Museum

How do you get a science center, technology museum, a national science network, a public library system, a 3D printing service and marketplace, a camera company, and a university research center to work together—you just have to pick up the phone and talk about nanotechnology.

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Partner Highlight: The Nano Lab at the Imaginarium Science Center, Fort Myers, Florida

Brad Herring, Museum of Life and Science, and Sarah Von Williamsen, Imaginarium Science Center

The Imaginarium Science Center in Fort Myers, Florida was awarded a 2014 NISE Net mini-grant and used the funding to expand and enhance their current nano exhibit, the Nano Lab. This expansion was designed to complement the NISE Net Nano mini-exhibition they received earlier this year and to incorporate additional NISE Net resources into a unique exhibit experience for their visitors.

“The mini-grant allowed us to dedicate exhibit space to an exciting and progressive topic. In the past two years, the number of visitors to our museum has increased significantly. The Nano Lab is one of the changes that we think has contributed to our recent successes.”  - Sarah Von Williamsen, Imaginarium Science Center

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Partner Highlight: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Due!

Christina Akers, Science Museum of Minnesota and Midwest Regional Hub Leader

Are you thinking about applying for a 2015 NISE Network mini-grant? Then keep two important things in mind: 1) applications are due October 1, 2014 and 2) there are four years worth of examples for you to draw from as you brainstorm project ideas! That’s 179 successful projects all completed by fellow NISE Net partner museums and research centers. Check out the comprehensive list of mini-grant projects at http://nisenet.org/mini-grants.

For more inspiration, here are some mini-grant projects from the extraordinary and exotic Midwest Region: Ann-Arbor Hands-On Museum, Saint Louis Science Center, and Bootheel Youth Museum.

 

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Nano at Miami Museum of Science

Marketing Nano: Partner Examples of How It's Done!

Christina Akers

For those of you who missed our recent NISE Net Brown Bag on Marketing Strategies for the Nano mini-exhibition, a recording of the presentation now lives here:  http://www.nisenet.org/events/online-workshop/online-brown-bag-exhibit-small-talk-tips-hosting-nano-mini-exhibition

Since the vast majority of participants joining us for this brown bag were aware of some but not ALL our marketing resources, I wanted to share the...

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Nano Banner

Making the most of your mini-exhibition: Marketing Guide

Christina Akers

Pictured:  WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology in Bloomington, IN

This blog post is part of a series providing information for organizations hosting the Nano mini-exhibition created by the NISE Network about the use, maintenance, and general ways to enhance your copy of Nano.

If there’s not an app for it, there’s usually a guide!

If you haven’t already, check out the “Marketing Guide,” which is a part of the “Host Resources” binder that accompanies the Nano exhibition.  Within...

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Making the most of your mini-exhibit: Shipping & Receiving

Christina Akers

This blog post is part of a series providing information for organizations hosting the Nano mini-exhibition created by the NISE Network about the use, maintenance, and general ways to enhance your copy of Nano.

Congratulations and thank you for hosting Nano! As you are preparing for delivery of the Nano mini-exhibition to your site, we’d like to offer some helpful suggestions. Whether you are receiving the exhibition from the Science Museum of Minnesota, or if you are sharing the exhibition with another NISE Network partner, hopefully these tips will prove...

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Making the most of your mini-exhibition: Getting Started

Christina Akers

This blog post is part of a series providing information for organizations hosting the Nano mini-exhibition created by the NISE Network about the use, maintenance, and general ways to enhance your copy of Nano.

Whether you are currently hosting Nano or planning to host Nano, one of the first places to refer to is the Nano mini-exhibition listing on the nisenet.org website:  http://www.nisenet.org/catalog/exhibits/nano_mini-exhibition

For those currently hosting the exhibit, the long...

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