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.
NISE Network Blog
How do you go from doing NanoDays in the US to holding NanoDays in Beijing, China?
The story starts simply enough. While facilitating activities at NanoDays 2015 in the Museum of Science, Boston, Pei Zhang who currently serves as the Executive Director of the US China Scitech Education Promotion Association, was inspired by what she experienced. She loved the hands-on activities and engagement between volunteers and the public and wanted to bring the NanoDays experience to China.
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:
- Museum & Community Partnerships Explore Science kits,
- Building with Biology kits, Sustainability in Science Museums kits,
- NASA Space and Earth Informal STEM Education,
- Transmedia Museum,
- NanoDays events using existing materials, and
- Small Footprint Exhibitions.
A summary is provided below as well as a downloadable PDF.
Partner Highlight: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and Chicas Youth Development Program: A Bilingual, Bicultural Collaboration Model
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) has a history of fruitful collaboration with one of the most focused and dedicated local community organizations providing support to Latina girls and women in the state of Oregon: Adelante Mujeres. Adelante Mujeres, through the Chicas Youth Development Program (one of their many programs), helps participants to develop their potential as community leaders, adopt a healthy lifestyle, develop their cultural identity, and achieve academic success in their education, from school to their enrollment in college. Over the past few years, OMSI and Chicas Youth Development Program have collaborated in various ways, including OMSI’s participation during their STEM summer camp week.
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!
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…
Partner Highlight: "Making More of the MOST" Out of Museum and Community Partnerships at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology in Syracuse, NY
During the summer months, youth often have more free time on their hands, and many families find themselves seeking ways to keep their children safe and engaged when not in school. Youth-serving and community-based organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Scouts, YMCA, and public libraries provide countless benefits and opportunities to the youth they serve year-round. At the intersection of youth-serving and community-based organizations seeking to provide high-quality STEM learning experiences to their audiences and for science museums seeking to reach underserved audiences not currently engaged in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology, there presents a unique and rich partnership opportunity for local community organizations and science museums.
Making things small can make them behave differently and in new research, an international team of scientists have extended this to superfluid helium (which only exists near absolute zero temperature). Superfluids are already interesting in a lot of ways, like having no friction and the ability to climb walls but it turns out that if you confine them to nano-sized pipes, instead of flowing faster (like when you mostly cover the end of a garden hose with your thumb) the superfluid actually slows down.
Three New Opportunities Announced: 1) Museum and Community Partnerships, 2) Building with Biology, and 3) Sustainability in Science Museums
Even as our ten years of funding from the National Science Foundation comes to an end, the NISE Net's capacity to reach the public is at its peak! The numbers in our year-10 annual report show a total of 598 organizations that regularly participate in NISE Net activities, of which 352 are museums or other kinds of informal science education groups, 203 are groups from universities, and 43 are a variety of other kinds of organizations.