This guide provides an overview of the Nano exhibition created by the NISE Network. The April 2015 document describes the exhibition and summarizes the unique dissemination model of distributing 93 copies of this small footprint mini-exhibition to locations throughout the United States. The guide content focuses on STEM learning and engagement, best practices in exhibition design, and impacts on museum audiences.
The NISE Network has created a website for public audiences featuring links to videos, audio material, podcasts, games, DIY activities, and NanoDays information for the public. The site also features information about the Nano mini-exhibition including audio description files in both English and Spanish. The Spanish version of the website includes links to Spanish language resources when available.
The Intro to Nanotechnology exhibition introduces the basics of nanoscience through four interactive exhibit components. These exhibits were developed by the NISE Network; copies are located at the Museum of Science in Boston, OMSI in Oregon, and the Arkansas Discovery Network.
In the Nanomedicine exhibition, four individual exhibit components highlight nanotechnology’s vast potential for diagnosing and treating disease, as well as its ability to help damaged tissue regrow. Test for thousands of diseases with a single nano-based chip, target tumor cells for treatment with nanoparticles in a tabletop game, and regrow severed nerve endings on nanoscale scaffolding. These exhibits were developed by the NISE Network; copies are located at the Museum of Science in Boston, OMSI in Oregon, and the Arkansas Discovery Network.
Exhibitionist Journal article - Nano: Creating an Exhibition that is Inclusive of Multiple and Diverse Audiences
This article appeared in Fall 2015 issue of the Exhibitionist, a journal of reflective practice published by the National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME), a Professional Network of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). This article first appeared in Exhibitionist (Fall 2016) Vol. 34 No. 2, and is reproduced with permission.
Nano Spots are a series of graphics with interesting nano facts that can be placed throughout your institution. The package includes four 22x28 posters featuring food related facts, two molecule-shaped wall graphics to be printed on adhesive material and contour cut to shape, and three smaller stand-alone label graphics.
Over the final five years of the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), the “Research on Public Learning and Decision-Making” (PLDM) team studied how visitors make decisions and learn about nanotechnologies through a variety of NISE Network educational products. The focus of this report is an exploratory study conducted on the Nano exhibition in order to answer the research question: "How do visitors use, interact with, and talk about the exhibit components within the Nano exhibition to learn about the relevance of nano to their lives?"
During this brown-bag conversation, participants learn about findings from several NISE Net evaluation studies focusing on the Network’s public impacts. In this conversation you’ll get (a) a snapshot of the entirety of NISE Net's ten-year public impact, and (b) a description of the kind of impacts that any single institution might have on its visitors.
The audio description (AD) that accompanies the Nano exhibition was developed to increase access for visitors with low or no vision. It may also be able to support visitors with learning disabilities, and others for whom reading is challenging. The overall approach for this process is described as follows: Goals: • Make the experience accessible for visitors with low vision, and for blind visitors with a sighted companion (following American Council for the Blind’s definition of an audio description as an assistive technology)
Sights Unseen features 14 beautiful images generated in the course of research by UW-Madison biologists, engineers and physical scientists. The exhibit seeks to expose the often-underappreciated creative and visual nature of the scientific enterprise. Images from the exhibit are available through UW MRSEC.