Network News

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. 

Sustainability Solutions Festival Family Day

Rae Ostman
Image of child standing in front of a poster reading "High Five for the Future"

On February 16, Arizona State University's Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives hosted its third annual Sustainability Solutions Festival Family Day at Arizona Science Center. During this event, prototype activities from the sustainABLE hands-on activity kit were tested. The kits are being created through a partnership of ASU’s Sustainability in Science Museums program and the NISE Network, and are designed to engage audiences of all ages in sustainability science. 

Posters and Sessions at the NSF AISL 2016 CAISE Meeting

Catherine McCarthy
Larry Bell at the CAISE 2016 Meeting

We recently had several posters and presentations at the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Program Principal Investigator (PI) Meeting in Bethesda, Maryland.

Slides, posters, and notes from the meeting are being made available on the CAISE website: 
http://www.informalscience.org/about-caise/pi-meetings/2016-pi-meeting 

Museum & Community Partnerships Explore Science - Zoom into Nano kits shipping out

KC Miller
Explore Science - Zoom into Nano kits being prepared for shipment

Museum & Community Partnerships Explore Science - Zoom into Nano kits shipping to 100 NISE Network partners!

 
 

Digital Materials Now Available
If you are not receiving a physical Explore Science kit, we do have the kit materials and collaborative guide available online.
    www.nisenet.org/explorescience-nano

Enjoy your kits and your new partnerships! 

 Learn more about the Museum & Community Partnerships project:  www.nisenet.org/museum-community-partnerships

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.

Happy New Year!

Catherine McCarthy

The NISE Network wishes all its partners a peaceful end to 2015.
We look forward to working with you in 2016!

More about this snowflake image:
This ordinary hexagonal dendrite snowflake, has been highly magnified using a low-temperature scanning electron microscope. This version has been artificially colorized to emphasize the central flake.This public domain image was captured at the USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Maryland, and is available on Wikimedia commons: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Snow_crystals_2b.png

Creating Conversations about Synthetic Biology Through Nationwide Building with Biology Events

Kayla Berry, Museum of Science, Boston

Envisioning a new kind of museum conversation. With the pilot year of the Building with Biology project now complete, we are excited to share with the community the experiences and accomplishments achieved throughout this initial year. Building with Biology - Activities and Conversations about Synthetic Biology - is a project that incorporates much of the knowledge and experiences gained through the NISE Network as a way to expand public education and outreach around a fast-growing research field - synthetic biology.

Summary flyer describing new opportunities for Network partners

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota
NISE Net logo

At the October 2015 ASTC Conference, the NISE Network distributed a one-page summary of all the new upcoming opportunities for new and existing NISE Network partners including:

A summary is provided below as well as a downloadable PDF.  

Larry Bell and Marilyn Johnson both win ASTC Leading Edge Award for Leadership in the Field

Catherine McCarthy
Larry Bell and Marilyn Johnson receive awards

Many congratulations to Larry Bell and Marilyn Johnson - the 2015 recipients of the ASTC Leading Edge Award for Leadership in the Field (Nonexecutive Leadership). 

As senior vice president for strategic initiatives at the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts, Larry has tirelessly served at the NISE Network's PI for the last 10 years. Our longterm collaborator Marilyn has just recently retired after nearly 20 years with OSMI in Portland, Oregon. 

Pow! Zap! Crash! Nano? – How to incorporate nanoscience content into an amazing Superhero Science event!

Christina Akers
superheroes at Science Museum of Minnesota

Little Shop of Nano...

If you’re not familiar with the film or Broadway show, “Little Shop of Horrors,” you may not realize what happens when you feed and nurture a strange plant that ultimately grows, well…beyond needing you. The rest of the plot of this classic tale is irrelevant, but the idea of nurturing something until it can stand on its own without your care and attention is not…