NISE Network Blog

Partner Highlight: TBI at the Children's Discovery Museum of West Virginia

Jayatri Das

Team-based inquiry (TBI) is the NISE Network’s practical approach to evaluation focused around an ongoing cycle of inquiry: question, investigate, reflect, and improve. This month, we’re sharing a story of TBI at work from the Children’s Discovery Museum of West Virginia (CDMWV) that demonstrates how TBI can improve practice, build capacity, and even strengthen partnerships and institutional investment.

Partner Highlight: University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology

Frank Kusiak

The University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC-CEIN), based at UCLA, does a great job of reaching broad audiences and fostering collaborations.  In order to reach broad audiences outside of academia, the UC-CEIN partners with Cal Poly Pomona and the California Science Center.  For the past two years, students and faculty from Cal Poly Pomona traveled to UCLA to learn about nanoscience with UC-CEIN students, research staff, and faculty; this yearly February event also functions as a professional development

NISE Network 2014 Mini-Grant Application Now Open! (Applications due November 1, 2013)

Christina Akers

What’s a Mini-Grant?

The NISE Network is once again making available a limited number of small, one-time awards to support initiatives by NISE Net partners to engage their local audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology topics. Requests can be made for an award up to $3,000 dollars to fund a small project or be put towards a larger endeavor.

Partner Highlight: Nano Extravaganza in New York’s Capital Region!

Ali Jackson

In February of 2013, longtime NISE Net children’s museum partner, the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology in Troy, NY (CMOST), announced that it will become part of SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE). Under CNSE's leadership, more than $5 million will be invested to transform the Children's Museum into a world-renowned science center for young people—a hub for 21st century learning and discovery!