Museum & Community Partnerships collaboration resources

These resources are designed to assist museums to reach underserved audiences in your community that you aren’t currently engaging in learning about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology (“nano”). They include a collaboration tips, profiles of national youth-serving organizations, and a video on "Creating Successful Collaborations: Museum and Community Partnerships" (5 minute video)

NISE Network Guide - Nano Exhibition: Creating a Small-Footprint Exhibition with Big Impact

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.

Team Based Inquiry (TBI) Cohort (2014) organizations describe their evaluation capacity-building projects

In 2014, the Network provided an in-depth professional development training to 20 staff from 10 institutions within the network to fully learn and practice Team-Based Inquiry (TBI). Through this process, individuals learned and practiced TBI, conducted TBI on their mini-grant projects, implemented changes to their mini-grant projects, and wrote reports and presentations on their experience. The videos below are the institutions' presentations to the cohort about their own projects.

Nanotechnology and Society Guide

This guide is focused on “three big ideas” that can provide a framework to help museum staff and visitors feel empowered to reflect on the relevance of nanotechnology in their lives through open-ended conversation. The guide considers how new nanotechnologies may affect people and the societies they live in and create. The three big ideas are illustrated with related videos and hands-on activities and further explored through very brief case studies of three nanospecific technologies, providing further examples of conversations that might occur on a museum floor.


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