NISE Network Mini-grants

The NISE Network is making available a limited number of small stipends to support initiatives by NISE Net partners to engage their local audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology topics. Below is a list of the mini-grant projects funded by NISE Net. Download the list in CSV format (readable in Excel).

Eligible projects needed to fit into at least one of three categories:

  1. New efforts to integrate nano into existing programming,
  2. New efforts to reach new or traditionally underserved audiences with nano programming (including partnerships between museums and community organizations or diversity-serving organizations), or
  3. New partnerships between museums and nano researchers.

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

Location: Albuquerque, NM
Region:
West
Short description:

Integrating nano into week-long engineering event

Long description:

As part of our annual Discover STEM Week, The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History plans to organize a nano engineering theme day.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

Thanksgiving Point Institute

Location: Lehi, UT
Region:
West
Short description:

Science Cafe Program

Long description:

We will develop a Science Cafe Program- 8 total cafes, occurring monthly from January to August, focusing on nano science and engaging scientists and patrons at each of our venues.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

KidsQuest Children's Museum

Location: Bellevue, WA
Region:
West
Short description:

Science in the Park

Long description:

Science in the Park is a free hands-on science outreach project. This new summer program will feature activities led by KidsQuest Children's Museum staff and focus on nanotechnology science education.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Location: Redding, CA
Region:
Southwest
Short description:

program for middle school students

Long description:

Turtle Bay proposes to develop and implement an educational outreach program for middle school students focused on nano sciences, bringing high-quality, cutting edge educational programming to students at their schools.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Explorit Science Center

Location: Davis, CA
Region:
Southwest
Short description:

Nano in existing traveling outreach school programs

Long description:

We would like to add Nano to our existing traveling outreach school programs. This would include adding Nano stations to our Family Science Night and Classroom Adventure programs.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano

Arizona Science Center

Location: Phoenix, AZ
Region:
Southwest
Short description:

Online lecture series

Long description:

Arizona Science Center plans to increase science education with an emphasis on nanotechnology and nano-science through an online lecture series.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery)

Location: Reno, NV
Region:
Southwest
Short description:

nano-themed field trips

Long description:

The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery) proposes to provide nano-themed field trips by creating adapted curricula and educational programming based on national and state standards.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Children's Museum Tucson

Location: Tucson, AZ
Region:
Southwest
Short description:

SciTech Festival

Long description:

CMT is participating as a host institution in the 2015 Arizona SciTech Festival and requests funding to provide free educational Nano programming to the community participating in the Festival.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

National Ag Science Center

Location: Modesto, CA
Region:
Southwest
Short description:

school and after school programs.

Long description:

Develop curriculum modules using NANO kit lessons for use in school and after school programs.

Project year:
Year 10
New or Under-Served Audiences

Hawaii Children's Discovery Center

Location: Honolulu, HI
Region:
Southwest
Short description:

Preschool STEM Lab

Long description:

Preschool STEM Lab will immerse preschool age children in thematic units based on STEM. Children will gain critical school readiness skills and develop a love for the sciences.

Project year:
Year 10
Scientist-Museum Partnerships
New or Under-Served Audiences

Adventure Science Center

Location: Nashville, TN
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Bilingual activities

Long description:

ASC will collaborate with university, public school and community partners to develop, field test and share bilingual (English/Spanish) nanotechnology activities with elementary and middle school students, families, and teachers.

Project year:
Year 10
Scientist-Museum Partnerships
New or Under-Served Audiences

Hands On! - A Child's Gallery

Location: HENDERSONVILLE, NC
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Adding science to hospital arts-only programming

Long description:

Hands On! will teach Nano Science to children and families of Mission Children's Hospital in order to add science to their arts-only programming and allow us to serve new children.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships
New or Under-Served Audiences

Kentucky Science Center

Location: Louisville, KY
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

nano makerspace

Long description:

University of Louisville's Micro/Nano Technology Center and the Kentucky Science Center will prototype a nano makerspace at Woodford County Middle School.

Project year:
Year 10
Scientist-Museum Partnerships
New or Under-Served Audiences

Louisiana Art & Science Museum (LASM)

Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

mobile Nano Cart

Long description:

To ensure the sustainability of nanoscience education at LASM and consistently utilize nano kit activities received from Nisenet, we will create a mobile Nano Cart education program for museum visitors.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano

Children's Science Center

Location: Herndon, VA
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Activities at The Lab

Long description:

The Children's Science Center plans to expand current use of NISE activities in mobile programming to offer nanotechnology activities at The Lab, our first physical site, opening May 2015.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano

University of Southern Mississippi

Location: Hattiesburg, MS
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

nano-related workshop at the 2015 Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival

Long description:

Presenting to new audiences a nano-related workshop at the 2015 Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival after modifying the NISE Network product, Selected Books about Nano from the nisenet.org catalog.

Project year:
Year 10
Scientist-Museum Partnerships
New or Under-Served Audiences

Pink Palace Museum

Location: Memphis, TN
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

help special needs groups access Nanotechnology, two nano-themed science nights.

Long description:

Our proposed project aims to help special needs groups access Nanotechnology information through two nano-themed science nights.

Project year:
Year 10
New or Under-Served Audiences

Sci-Tech Discovery Center

Location: Frisco, TX
Region:
South
Short description:

incorporating complementary materials into the NISE Net Nano mini-exhibition

Long description:

To update resources and activities in the current Nano Lab at Sci-Tech by incorporating complementary materials into the NISE Net Nano mini-exhibition obtained through a Previous grant from NISE

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano

Arkansas Discovery Network

Location: Little Rock, AR
Region:
South
Short description:

Nano at festivals across Arkansas

Long description:

A nanoscale station will be integrated into five festivals across Arkansas. Visitors will participate in a tiny drawings activity that emphasizes the concept of scale.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano

Rice University

Location: Houston, TX
Region:
South
Short description:

Expanding existing program serving teachers of high-needs students

Long description:

We propose expanding our existing program serving teachers of high-needs students to include a Nanoscience Engineering Speaker Series with expanded inquiry physics, biology and chemistry lessons supporting nanoscience and engineering.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano

Oklahoma WONDERtorium

Location: Stillwater, OK
Region:
South
Short description:

LEGOs will be utilized to engage children and adults and educate visitors about nanoscience

Long description:

LEGOs will be utilized to engage children and adults and educate visitors about nanoscience. Nanotechnologies will be represented via challenges, signage, and models in an inviting building space.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano

University of Arkansas

Location: Fayetteville, AR
Region:
South
Short description:

Family Math and Science NanoNight

Long description:

The Family Math and Science NanoNight project will be built around the concept of formal/informal nanotechnology education dissemination through five regional school Family Math and Science Night events.

Project year:
Year 10
Scientist-Museum Partnerships
New or Under-Served Audiences

Imaginarium of South Texas

Location: Laredo, TX
Region:
South
Short description:

Nano activities with local girl scouts

Long description:

The project envisioned are Hands-on Nano activities in which will consist of local girl scouts. Girl Scouts will explore and scientifically investigate how nanotechnology is part of our daily experience.

Project year:
Year 10
Scientist-Museum Partnerships
New or Under-Served Audiences

El Paso Exploreum

Location: El Paso, TX
Region:
South
Short description:

Nano at minor league baseball games

Long description:

The El Paso Exploreum's Education Days will bring nanotechnology to an estimated 12,000 students at three El Paso Chihuahuas minor league baseball games through take-home workbooks and hands-on displays.

Project year:
Year 10
New or Under-Served Audiences

Maritime Explorium at Port Jeff Harbor

Location: Port Jefferson, NY
Region:
Northeast
Short description:

NanoArt

Long description:

NanoArt: Engaging the public about nanotechnology through an artist-in-residence program inspired by Nanodays kits.

Project year:
Year 10
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

Mohawk Valley Community College

Location: Utica, NY
Region:
Northeast
Short description:

professional development workshop for K-12 teachers

Long description:

This proposal addresses the creation of a professional development workshop for K-12 teachers using NISENET partner materials.

Project year:
Year 10
New or Under-Served Audiences

Brooklyn Children's Museum

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Region:
Northeast
Short description:

Nano-bio cart

Long description:

Brooklyn Children's Museum will add to its weekly public programs a high-impact nanoscience experience using a new portable nano-bio cart, animals from the museum's living collection and strong visual aids.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano

The New Children's Museum

Location: WEST HARTFORD, CT
Region:
Northeast
Short description:

Winter of Nano-Science series

Long description:

Winter of Nano-Science series (winter of 2014-15) will include hands-on activities and meetings with professional scientists, and will complement our traveling exhibit It's a Nano World.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology

Location: Syracuse, NY
Region:
Northeast
Short description:

Traveling Science Programs

Long description:

Mini-grant funding will allow us to expand outreach by creating two new Traveling Science Programs focused on engaging audiences and informing them about the exciting new field of Nanoscale technology.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano

Science Center of Iowa

Location: Des Moines, IA
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

preschool and kindergarten program, with professional development for instructors

Long description:

The Science Center of Iowa will incorporate nano programming in Pint Size Science, a project that provides a learning curriculum for preschool and kindergarten children and professional development for instructors.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

Headwaters Science Center

Location: Bemidji, MN
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

science theater

Long description:

HSC requests support to reinvigorate our science theater capability. We will learn and perform two established NISE Network scripts and build a special effects, "Nano-theater" to perform original puppet productions.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Integrating nano into week-long program

Long description:

The Museum will schedule five days of nano-themed programming from April 6-10, 2015 with eight hands-on activities, a performer, and faculty from the University of Michigan.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano

Discovery Center Museum

Location: Rockford, IL
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Outreach to underserved and under-represented audiences at public events such as county fairs, ethnic festivals, and scout camps.

Long description:

Discovery Center will reach underserved and under-represented audiences by providing NanoDays activities at public events such as county fairs, ethnic festivals, and scout camps.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Science Central

Location: Fort Wayne, IN
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Expand afterschool enrichment programs with the Urban League and the Boys and Girls Club

Long description:

Expand existing afterschool enrichment programs with the Urban League and the Boys and Girls Club to include labs and demos about emerging NANO technology and careers to engage high-risk students.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Gateway to Science Center, Inc.

Location: Bismarck, ND
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

"Nano in the Classroom"

Long description:

Gateway to Science presents "Nano in the Classroom" by combining in-classroom visits by our staff, teacher development and lots of hands-on activities.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Howard University

Location: Washington, DC
Region:
Mid-Atlantic
Short description:

NanoExpress mobile lab activity

Long description:

Develop an activity for the NanoExpress mobile lab and the HNF website that describes topological Insulators.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

DaVinci Science Center

Location: Allentown, PA
Region:
Mid-Atlantic
Short description:

Integrating Nano into "Science on the Move" Program

Long description:

Expand upon our Science on the Move Program by developing new content in the fields of bio-technology and alternative energy, with specific focus on nanoscale-enabled developments.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano

National Children's Museum

Location: National Harbor, MD
Region:
Mid-Atlantic
Short description:

training to integrate nanoscience concepts in free family nights at the museum

Long description:

Funding will support STEAM based staff training to integrate and confidently present nanoscience concepts in our hands-on make and take projects during our scheduled free family nights at the museum.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Morris Museum

Location: Morristown, NJ
Region:
Mid-Atlantic
Short description:

series of nano science cart activities

Long description:

The Morris Museum will develop a series of nano science cart activities that will be available for children during Super Science Saturdays and Family Festivals and for community outreach.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

Children's Discovery Museum of West Virginia

Location: Morgantown, WV
Region:
Mid-Atlantic
Short description:

Nano science kits

Long description:

The CDMWV will create nanoscience-based, hands-on demonstration and activity kits to give to elementary schools in McDowell County, the poorest county in West Virginia.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships
New or Under-Served Audiences

Port Discovery Children's Museum

Location: Baltimore, MD
Region:
Mid-Atlantic
Short description:

train library site staff / offer a Small Wonders program with Nano mini-exhibition

Long description:

Port Discovery (PD) will transport Nano mini exhibition to a location in the community (library/ school/ nature ctr.), train host site staff / offer a Small Wonders schedule staffed by PD.

Project year:
Year 10
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships
New or Under-Served Audiences

WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology

Location: Bloomington, IN
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

School and library rural outreach; public programming

Long description:

WonderLab will develop new programs around the NISE Nano mini-exhibition: 1) interactive nanoscience demonstration for schools, libraries and other venues and 2) public program showcasing local nanoscience research and technologies.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships
New or Under-Served Audiences

University of Vermont

Location: Burlington, VT
Region:
Northeast
Short description:

Special event; scientist-museum collaborations

Long description:

We will create an event independent of NanoDays, including a presentation at the local science center and a series of cart activities for use with their visitors.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

Tulsa Children's Museum

Location: Tulsa, OK
Region:
South
Short description:

Summer camps

Long description:

TCM requests a mini-grant to develop a multi-day spring break and summer camp program to include a nano-oriented curriculum.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

The Leonardo

Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Region:
West
Short description:

Girls summer camp

Long description:

The Leonardo seeks NISEnet funds to develop and implement a week-long Girls Full STEAM Ahead camp! Girls will experience hands-on art, science and technology based activities exploring Nano-scale science.

Project year:
Year 9
New or Under-Served Audiences

The Discovery Museums

Location: Acton, MA
Region:
Northeast
Short description:

Universal design modifications; special audiences event

Long description:

The Discovery Museums propose to use Universal Design principles with accessibility partners and special audiences to modify 3 to 5 Nano Kits to increase their accessibility for all audiences.

Project year:
Year 9
New or Under-Served Audiences

Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Summer camps

Long description:

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis will incorporate nanotechnology and nanoscale science into its successful STEM Camp program scheduled for June 2014.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

Children's Museum of Brownsville

Location: Brownsville, TX
Region:
South
Short description:

School outreach programs

Long description:

In partnership with the University of Brownsville's Physics Circus, we will develop a show about Nano to be used in conjunction with Nano kits for outreaches at local underserved schools.

Project year:
Year 9
Scientist-Museum Partnerships
New or Under-Served Audiences

Stepping Stones Museum for Children

Location: Norwalk, CT
Region:
Northeast
Short description:

School field trip program; school workshop; ongoing public programming

Long description:

Stepping Stones Museum for Children seeks to integrate nanoscale science and technology content into existing programming that will impact general admission visitors, group visitors and youth program participants.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

Location: West Palm Beach, FL
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

School science family nights

Long description:

The mini grant will allow us to enhance existing programs with nano content and offer 3 programs to Title 1 schools free of charge.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Science Spectrum

Location: Lubbock, TX
Region:
South
Short description:

Exhibits and signage

Long description:

Expansion of the Nano Mini-Exhibition to Include 3 or More New Hands-On Activity Stations and Information Panels.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

Science Factory

Location: Eugene, OR
Region:
West
Short description:

Bilingual signage and outreach; exhibits

Long description:

We will expand our nano-related permanent exhibit offerings by making durable versions of existing nano activities, adding new activities and bilingual signage, and inviting local participation from bilingual community groups.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center

Location: Shreveport, LA
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Summer camp

Long description:

Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center seeks $3000 to fund creation and implementation of an "All The Small Things" Day-Camp, a week-long nano-themed summer camp as part of our popular day-camp offerings.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Rochester Museum & Science Center

Location: Rochester, NY
Region:
Northeast
Short description:

Summer camps; mobile cart demonstrations

Long description:

To integrate nano into existing camp curricula for ages 9-15yrs and floor cart demonstrations, allowing us to reach new audiences and strengthen partnerships with RIT and other local nano researchers.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

Powerhouse Science Center

Location: Sacramento, CA
Region:
Southwest
Short description:

Summer camp; staff training

Long description:

Following a brief professional development session for Discovery Museum staff, two science camps use nanokits and interdisciplinary science lessons to present concepts of scale and principles of nanotechnology.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Location: Dallas, TX
Region:
South
Short description:

School family science nights

Long description:

Funds will be used to develop a Nano based family science night for local elementary schools. The program will include a 30 minute auditorium presentation followed by table top activities.

Project year:
Year 9
New or Under-Served Audiences

North Museum of Natural History and Science

Location: Lancaster, PA
Region:
Mid-Atlantic
Short description:

Nano flash mob experiments

Long description:

Museum staff will collaborate with local organizations to provide nanoscience experiments in a flash mob format. Flash Science will reach under-served audiences by performing experiments in crowded, non-traditional areas.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano

Newark Museum

Location: Newark, NJ
Region:
Mid-Atlantic
Short description:

School programming for 9th grade biology students

Long description:

The Newark Museum proposes to create a unit that connects Nanotechnology to the Biology Core Curriculum Standards, then presenting these adapted lessons to ninth grade students next spring.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano

Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience

Location: Lincoln, NE
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Exhibit of nano science imagery

Long description:

We would like to partner with Hastings Museum and exhibit nanoscience images by NCMN researchers, along with supportive Nanokit activities. This would expand nanoscience into rural, underserved audiences in Nebraska.

Project year:
Year 9
Scientist-Museum Partnerships
New or Under-Served Audiences

Museum of Discovery

Location: Little Rock, AR
Region:
South
Short description:

Musical adaptation of Alice in Nanoland

Long description:

A musical adaptation of Alice in Nanoland will introduce nanoscience concepts to new audiences at the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, Arkansas, and throughout Arkansas at partnering organizations.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano

Montana State University - Extended University

Location: Bozeman, MT
Region:
West
Short description:

Outreach to Native American and rural girls

Long description:

Reach underserved rural and Native American girls from all over Montana at the annual Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) event with nanotechnology sessions and female STEM / nanotechnology role models.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships
New or Under-Served Audiences

Miami Science Museum

Location: Miami, FL
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Exhibit space highlighting local nano research

Long description:

This Mini-Grant will be used to create a flexible scientist spotlight space within our nano exhibits to showcase current nano research being conducted by local South Florida scientists.

Project year:
Year 9
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

Maryland Science Center

Location: Baltimore, MD
Region:
Mid-Atlantic
Short description:

Nano stage program; staff and volunteer training

Long description:

We will create a nanotechnology stage program incorporating hands-on experiences for the whole audience, supported by a training session on nanotechnology for our staff and volunteers.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano

Marbles Kids Museum

Location: Raleigh, NC
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Field trip program to accompany Mysteries of the Unseen World large-screen movie

Long description:

Marbles Kids Museum proposes to create a 45-minute, hands-on field trip program focused on nanoscience and technology for grade 4-8 students to accompany the documentary Mysteries of the Unseen World.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano

Maine Discovery Museum

Location: Bangor, ME
Region:
Northeast
Short description:

Outreach to schools with Native American students

Long description:

Develop a mini residency by combining 3 existing programs with demonstrations from Nano and Making Stuff kits into a cohesive, multi-day unit. Involve 2 schools with American Indian student populations.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships
New or Under-Served Audiences

Lafayete Science Museum

Location: Lafayette, LA
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Nano exhibits

Long description:

The Museum is currently developing a series of science stations for the 1st floor lobby. We will be including stations that highlight nano-themed concepts.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano

Imaginarium Science Center

Location: Fort Myers, FL
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Exhibit space

Long description:

Our project would provide a complement to the Nano Mini Exhibit through the relocation, expansion, and enhancement of our current nano exhibit area, the Nano Lab.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano

Golisano Children's Museum of Naples

Location: Naples, FL
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Exhibit space

Long description:

This mini-grant will fund the development, fabrication, and implementation of a Nano Exploration Room. This will be a temporary interactive exhibit space at the Golisano Children's Museum of Naples.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

Location: Fort Collins, CO
Region:
West
Short description:

Programs for Latina girls in collaboration with scientists

Long description:

FCMoD will partner with female CSU nanotechnology scientists to provide high school Latina girls with interpretive skills, immersive nano-laboratory experiences and the opportunity to develop outreach prototypes for their scientists.

Project year:
Year 9
Scientist-Museum Partnerships
New or Under-Served Audiences

Fernbank Science Center

Location: Atlanta, GA
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Teacher workshop

Long description:

Develop a workshop, "What's Big About Nano?", for 8th grade science teachers that will provide materials and education to successfully implement nanoscience into their current curriculum.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano

Exploration Place, The Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center

Location: Wichita, KS
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Spanish language events and activities

Long description:

Through "Tecnologia NANO esta aqui y es el futuro" Exploration Place will engage Hispanic families in nanoscience at Hispanic events using Spanish-speaking staff, NISE Net activities and live shows.

Project year:
Year 9
New or Under-Served Audiences

Durango Discovery Museum

Location: Durango, CO
Region:
West
Short description:

Middle school outreach programs

Long description:

Create a unique, educational and humorous school assembly and hands-on outreach program for middle school students exploring the exciting, advantageous and, often sneaky, uses of nanotechnology in sports.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships
New or Under-Served Audiences

Discovery Place, Inc.

Location: Charlotte, NC
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Nano and society workshops

Long description:

We will offer a Science and Society Workshop as part of the curriculum offered through the Discovery Place Education Studio at the Bank of America STEM Center for Career Development.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

Discovery Center

Location: Murfreesboro, TN
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Nano mural in STEAM Lab

Long description:

Nano-themed artwork for STEAM Lab at Discovery Center to accommodate Science Saturdays streamed from Oak Ridge National Lab and summer interns from MTSU's Noyce Scholars program.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

COSI

Location: Columbus, OH
Region:
Mid-Atlantic
Short description:

Nano health and medicine cart demonstrations and events

Long description:

Expanding Health and Medicine related Science a la Cart demonstrations and adult educational events by educating guest on how Nano science is a part of their lives and medicine.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano

Children's Museum in Oak Lawn

Location: Oak Lawn, IL
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

School field trips

Long description:

Our project is to provide free nano-themed field trips for low-income schools to increase stem awareness amongst 3rd grade students. "Intro to Nano Field Trip"

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Children's Discovery Museum

Location: Normal, IL
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Integrating nano into ongoing programming; staff and volunteer training

Long description:

The Children's Discovery Museum will create a two-part project including adapting nano activities for our Innovation Station and the Nano exhibit and a training program for staff and volunteers.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

California Science Center Foundation

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Region:
Southwest
Short description:

Summer camp

Long description:

Develop a nanoscale science and technology curriculum for the 2014 Summer sessions of Curator Kids Club, part of the California Science Center's free Community Youth Programs for underserved local youth.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

California Academy of Sciences

Location: San Francisco, CA
Region:
Southwest
Short description:

Nano in nature program for young audiences

Long description:

Invite young children (ages 3 -5) to become a Nano Nature Detective. Conduct activities that encourage children and their families to investigate nano in nature through familiar and intriguing subjects.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Above & Beyond Children's Museum

Location: Sheboygan, WI
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Exhibit for young audiences

Long description:

Above & Beyond's Science Lab will be used to spark interest in technology and science in children at an early age through staff-led projects and a hands-on, interactive exhibit.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano

Bootheel Youth Museum

Location: Malden, MO
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Exhibit and theater space

Long description:

The BYM will remodel space to house the Mini Nano Exhibit, Nano theater and create a nano themed exhibit with a local appeal called: How is Boll Weevil Eradication Nano?

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano

The Bakken Library and Museum

Location: Minneapolis, MN
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Middle and high school and adult outreach

Long description:

The Bakken Museum would like adapt our existing Nano Outreach Program to serve audiences of students in middle and high schools as well as adults.

Project year:
Year 9
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships
New or Under-Served Audiences

Science Zone

Location: Casper, WY
Region:
West
Short description:

Expanding programing around the Nano mini-exhibition

Long description:

Our goal: travel Nano to multiple Wyoming communities taking elementary students through the exhibit/hosting a "family science night" as the culmination event--students guide parents through the exhibit.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

KidsQuest Children's Museum

Location: Bellevue, WA
Region:
West
Short description:

Field trip programs

Long description:

Goal: Two new field trip options consisting of hands-on Nanotechnology science programming. These companion programs would be integrated as part of our existing field trip programs for school age children.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

Washington State University Vancouver

Location: Vancouver, WA
Region:
West
Short description:

Summer camp

Long description:

The objective of the mini-grant initiative is to revise the Nano Summer Camp curriculum to include hands-on synthesis of nanostructures by purchasing a tube furnace and green chemistry kit.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

University of New Mexico

Location: Albuquerque, NM
Region:
West
Short description:

After school program

Long description:

The University of New Mexico's Nanoscience and Microsystems program will partner with Children's Choice, a not-for-profit program serving underrepresented youth, to introduce nanoscience into the existing afterschool program.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

spectrUM Discovery Area

Location: Missoula, MT
Region:
West
Short description:

Expanding programing around the Nano mini-exhibition

Long description:

The spectrUM Discovery Area will offer a field trip bus providing free transportation for Montana children to visit the Nano exhibit and meet nano researchers from The University of Montana.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Discovery Center of Idaho

Location: Boise, ID
Region:
West
Short description:

Student assembly and teacher training

Long description:

We will provide STEM-based teacher training during the regular school day by presenting a nano-focused assembly to the students while training the teachers.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

Alaska Museum of Natural History

Location: Anchorage, AK
Region:
West
Short description:

Adding nano to programs specific to AK

Long description:

We want to develop/modify nano activities that are specific to Alaska. These activities would supplement our science nights, outreach to remote Alaska, and add experiential elements to Museum exhibits.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

Challenger Learning Center of Alaska

Location: Kenai, AK
Region:
West
Short description:

"Nano Space" program

Long description:

This project will align NISE Net resources into a "Nano in Space" module. This module will be utilized as a stand alone workshop and integrated into existing curriculum

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

Lied Discovery Children's Museum

Location: Las Vegas, NV
Region:
Southwest
Short description:

Adding nano to programs

Long description:

To further expand its Nano programming through a partnership with the University of Nevada Las Vegas and local science-related businesses to incorporate professional scientists into the programming experience.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

Location: Reno, NV
Region:
Southwest
Short description:

Summer camp

Long description:

This grant would pay for the creation of 30 hours (1 full week) of nano curriculum for a summer camp program directed at kids grades 4-6.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

Hawaii Children's Discovery Center

Location: Honolulu, HI
Region:
Southwest
Short description:

Adding Nano to programs - kits

Long description:

Our hope is to create kits for our Science Saturdays program that exposes children to nano concepts and can be used year round in various ways.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

National Ag Science Center

Location: Modesto, CA
Region:
Southwest
Short description:

Summer Camp

Long description:

Create an Ag Science Summer Camp program at a school site or Boys and Girls Club site to incorporate agriculture and nano science and career connections.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

Challenger Space Center Arizona

Location: Phoenix, AZ
Region:
Southwest
Short description:

Summer camp

Long description:

Challenger Space Center Arizona will utilize the NISE Network Mini-Grant to infuse nano content into our 13th Annual "Adventures in Space" Camp, serving approximately 1,200 K-8 students during Summer 2013.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

Children's Museum Tucson

Location: Tucson, AZ
Region:
Southwest
Short description:

Nano programming at Science Festival

Long description:

CMT is participating as a host institution in the 2013 Arizona SciTech Festival and requests funding to provide free educational Nano programming to the community participating in the Festival.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

James Madison University

Location: Harrisonburg, VA
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

K-12 teacher resources

Long description:

The goal of Shanandoah Valley Nanoscience Outreach Collaboration is to help K-12 teachers bring nanoscience into classrooms in coherence with the requirements of Virginia's standards of learning for science.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

Danville Science Center

Location: Danville, VA
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Adding nano to programs

Long description:

The Nano to You project is designed to bring awareness of and spark interest in nano science and technology to teachers and youth audiences through outreach to Title I schools.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

Creative Discovery Museum

Location: Chattanooga, TN
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Adding nano to programs

Long description:

Develop after school programming, a large scale theater show, a workshop and distance learning program for middle school students. Provide after school programming for under-served elementary school students.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Pink Palace Museum

Location: Memphis, TN
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Nano nights

Long description:

Our proposed project will focus on disseminating Nanotechnology information and activities through two Nano-themed Science Nights: one for area school students and their families, the other for museum members.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

Louisiana Art & Science Museum

Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Adding nano to programs

Long description:

Tiny Solutions to Our Big Energy Problem is an interactive educational auditorium program that will provide students with an in-depth look at the fast growing area of study called Nanoscience.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

McWane Science Center

Location: Birmingham, AL
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Expanding programing around the Nano mini-exhibition

Long description:

McWane Center will train students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in exhibit interpretation and hands-on science activities for middle school students in Alabama's Black Belt.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

Methodist Hospital Research Institute

Location: Houston, TX
Region:
South
Short description:

Game/app

Long description:

We propose to develop a game that centers on a mission to assemble a nanoshuttle to destroy a tumor. Players will be educated on different properties of the nanoshuttle.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

San Antonio Children's Museum

Location: San Antonio, TX
Region:
South
Short description:

Nano night

Long description:

We are requesting funding to offer a "Nano Night" program to educate the under-served population in our community during our monthly "Free Kids Night" event.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

Sci-Tech Discovery Center

Location: Frisco, TX
Region:
South
Short description:

Expanding programing around the Nano mini-exhibition

Long description:

Nano cart programming will complement Sci-Tech Discovery Center's new permanent Nano Exhibit and enable expanded programming experiences in nano science for the center's 75,000 annual visitors.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

Arkansas Discovery Network

Location: LIttle Rock, AR
Region:
South
Short description:

Nano programming at Science Festivals

Long description:

A nanoscale station will be integrated into three science festivals across Arkansas. Visitors will participate in a hands-on model that demonstrates how nanoparticles are used to make tangible materials.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

Saint Louis Science Center

Location: Saint Louis, MO
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Expanding programing around the Nano mini-exhibition - camp

Long description:

The Saint Louis Science Center will develop a lab based nanotechnology camp (ages 14-18). The camp will focus on the synthesis of nanoscale materials and comparisons to their macroscale counterparts.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Location: Dayton, OH
Region:
Mid-Atlantic
Short description:

Rural school outreach

Long description:

The Museum will launch a traveling assembly style program in 2013, targeting rural school districts. Grant funds will aid in developing a nano themed program.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Buffalo Museum of Science

Location: Buffalo, NY
Region:
Northeast
Short description:

Expanding programing around the Nano mini-exhibition

Long description:

Incorporate handheld technology into the mini-exhibition by giving floor staff I-pad/other tablet units to engage in nano conversations with our museum visitors.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

Long Island Children's Museum

Location: Garden City, NY
Region:
Northeast
Short description:

Outreach program

Long description:

LICM Outreach program, Science of the Small, engages children with the concept of nanoscience through hands-on demonstrations to discover the fascinating innovations in modern nanoscience and technology.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST)

Location: Syracuse, NY
Region:
Northeast
Short description:

Nano Travel Science Program

Long description:

We would create a new format for a NISE net book Alice in Nanoland to be used for a Nano Traveling Science Program plus library kits.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST)

Location: Troy, NY
Region:
Northeast
Short description:

Podcasts

Long description:

CMOST is proposing to facilitate conversations between tweens and nanotechnology experts that will become podcasts. These conversations will answer questions about nano, its future and why they should be interested!

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

CRISP MRSEC (Yale Univ/Southern CT State Univ)

Location: New Haven, CT
Region:
Northeast
Short description:

Expanding regular outreach to urban communities

Long description:

We will expand our informal science outreach efforts to offer more frequent public outreach events to urban communities in CT, targeting New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Duluth Children's Museum

Location: Duluth, MN
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Expanding programing around the Nano mini-exhibition

Long description:

To create a field trip experience complimenting the Nano mini-exhibit for intermediate elementary grades in Duluth and surrounding regions. These grades are currently under served by the museum.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Elementary and middle school nanoscience outreach

Long description:

AAHOM will create an Outreach program to introduce middle and elementary school students across our region to nanoscience using hands-on activities and materials.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

Kansas Children's Discovery Center

Location: Topeka, KS
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Expanding programing around the Nano mini-exhibition

Long description:

This project will support the NISE Mini-Nano exhibit during February and March by providing a 3 hour nanotechnology training, 3 nanotechnology carts and materials, and offering a spring break camp.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

Birck Nanotechology Center, Purdue University

Location: West Lafayette, IN
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

K-12 Outreach

Long description:

NanoTrees: Develop stationary and interactive displays and activities to encourage and engage K-12 students to explore nanotechnology as it relates to trees and plant materials and products produce from them.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

Science Central

Location: Fort Wayne, IN
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Nanotechnology lab for after school and camp programs

Long description:

Developing a Nanotechnology lab for after school enrichment, school groups and camps, and creating a storage and display area for the Nano activities we currently display on the exhibit floor.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

Discovery Center Museum

Location: Rockford, IL
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Carbon playground

Long description:

Discovery Center in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin is installing a Carbon Playground.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

Science Center of Iowa

Location: Des Moines, IA
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Adding nano to exhibits

Long description:

The Science Center of Iowa seeks to integrate nanoscale science and technology content into new and updated signage around our permanent exhibits to further enhance nano awareness with our visitors.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

Children's Discovery Museum of West Virginia

Location: Morgantown, WV
Region:
Mid-Atlantic
Short description:

Traveling K-12 program

Long description:

The Museum will launch a traveling assembly style program in 2013, targeting rural school districts. Grant funds will aid in developing a nano themed program.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Liberty Science Center

Location: Jersey City, NJ
Region:
Mid-Atlantic
Short description:

Middle school workshop

Long description:

"It's a Nano World" will introduce Nano Scale Technology to middle school students via a series of nano activities to understand scale, current technologies, and future applications.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano

Port Discovery Children's Museum

Location: Baltimore, MD
Region:
Mid-Atlantic
Short description:

Expanding programing around the Nano mini-exhibition

Long description:

"How do you Nan-Know?" enhances the pre-existing Nano exhibit at Port Discovery by encouraging visitors to consider their values when making decisions about using products developed with nanotechnology.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

Delaware State University

Location: Dover, DE
Region:
Mid-Atlantic
Short description:

Kits for K-12 education

Long description:

DSU-OSCAR Partnership: Bringing Nanoscale Optics Research Concepts to K-12. This project will allow the development and dissemination of educational kits to the schools on the mid-Atlantic region.

Project year:
Year 8
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

Location: Albuquerque, NM
Region:
West
Short description:

Camp for underrepresented youth

Long description:

Expanding their "Amazing Stuff" nano camp program to specifically serve underrepresented youth in their area.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Montana State University -- Extended University

Location: Bozeman, MT
Region:
West
Short description:

Rural outreach program

Long description:

Creating a series of intensive learning opportunities with ten rural schools through video conferencing, activity kits, and networking/social media to support meaningful learning experiences with underserved communities unable to travel to campus for NanoDays.

Project year:
Year 7
New or Under-Served Audiences

WOW! Children's Museum

Location: Lafayette, CO
Region:
West
Short description:

Training, Girl Scout badges

Long description:

Planning to deepen audience experiences by expanding nanotechnology programming. Plans include training more education staff and volunteers on new activities, offering longer activities, offering more programming to local public libraries, and better supporting local Girl Scout troops in obtaining badges related to nanoscience.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Natural History Museum of Utah

Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Region:
Southwest
Short description:

Training for high school and college students

Long description:

Collaborating with the University of Utah's Nano Institute to develop the museum's "Youth Teaching Youth" program for high school students and Nano Institute grads. The goal of the program is to increase the museum's overall capacity to deliver nanoscale science programming, and provide college science students with training to increase their science communication skills.

Project year:
Year 7
Scientist-Museum Partnerships
New or Under-Served Audiences

California Polytechnic State University

Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
Region:
Southwest
Short description:

Undergrad lab programming and K-12 summer camps

Long description:

Integrating new nano content into the existing Materials Engineering programming, including work done in the undergrad lab as well as with K-12 students in summer camps.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano

Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Location: Redding, CA
Region:
Southwest
Short description:

Teacher kits and training

Long description:

Creating four new nanoscale science kits, and holding a workshop with local teachers to introduce and train teachers on these materials.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Imiloa Astronomy Center

Location: Hilo, HI
Region:
Southwest
Short description:

Outreach sessions with grades 4-6

Long description:

Hosting ten outreach sessions with grades 4-6 in rural and geographically isolated areas. The focus will be to raise awareness to nanotechnology and tie math curriculum (exponents, scientific notation, powers of ten) to nano content.

Project year:
Year 7
New or Under-Served Audiences

Arizona Science Center

Location: Phoenix, AZ
Region:
Southwest
Short description:

Podcasts

Long description:

Creating a series of five or more nanoscale science related podcasts that will function as a standard audio tour for their current science galleries.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano

Imaginarium Science Center

Location: Fort Myers, FL
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Add Nano to exhibits

Long description:

Creating a sustainable "NanoLab" in the already existing exhibit "Animal Lab."

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano

Jackson State University

Location: Jackson, MS
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Training, camp, and events with high school and middle school students

Long description:

Planning to target African American students during Spring semester 2012, as they incorporate nanoscience-related projects into training with grad and undergrad students, events with high school and middle school students, and a one-day nano camp.

Project year:
Year 7
New or Under-Served Audiences

Marbles Kids Museum

Location: Raleigh, NC
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Summer camp

Long description:

Integrating nanoscale science into its very successful summer camp program by thematically-linking current programs to modified NanoDays kit and NISE Net catalog resources.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano

Louisville Science Center

Location: Louisville, KY
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Hands-on demos for underserved youth

Long description:

Fostering a relationship with the University of Louisville micro/nano lab to target underserved youth in hands-on nano demonstrations.

Project year:
Year 7
Scientist-Museum Partnerships
New or Under-Served Audiences

Norfolk State University

Location: Norfolk, VA
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Summer Camps

Long description:

Integrating nanoscience activities into existing summer camps with the Children's Museum of Virginia.

Project year:
Year 7
Scientist-Museum Partnerships
New or Under-Served Audiences

SciWorks Science Center

Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Adding Nano to Exhibits, Volunteer Training

Long description:

Integrating nano into its "Field Station," exhibit by means of incorporating graphics, content and a specimen to detail the nanostructures of the Blue Morpho butterfly. In addition, as part of long term goals, more nano will be incorporated into daily programming by hosting a nano volunteer training workshop.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano

University of Puerto Rico

Location: San Juan, PR
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

K - 16+ educational materials

Long description:

Targeting Hispanic students and integrate nano content into the "Water Quality and Water Purification" educational materials for K-16+.

Project year:
Year 7
New or Under-Served Audiences

Miami Science Museum

Location: Miami, FL
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Summer Camp, Translations

Long description:

Developing and delivering a nano science themed camp class during the 2012 Summer Camp season. This includes translating the NISE Net "Bump and Roll" exhibit text into Spanish and Creole, as well as translating five more nano demos into Creole for use by diverse audiences on the museum's floor.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Arkansas State University Museum

Location: State University, AR
Region:
South
Short description:

Nano Night

Long description:

Debuting "Nano Night" at the museum, an evening event happening twice a month for six months. Extensive evaluation over the course of the program will take place to better inform future work.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano

Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas

Location: Pine Bluff, AR
Region:
South
Short description:

Traveling Puppet Show

Long description:

Using their STEM Traveling Puppet Show (STPS) to introduce the complex content of nanoscience to children and adults on-site as well as in their outreach to students in nearby underserved communities.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Austin Children's Museum

Location: Austin, TX
Region:
South
Short description:

Field Trips, Summer Camp

Long description:

Incorporating nanoscience activities into field trips and their all-girls "Engineer It!" summer camp. Through this nano-focused opportunity, they will increase awareness and understanding of nanoscale science, as well as raise attention to careers in this field.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Imaginarium of South Texas

Location: Laredo, TX
Region:
South
Short description:

Training, Family Nano Festival

Long description:

Training seven college students to build the museum's capacity to host activities on the floor. Also vastly enhancing outreach by initiating the "Family Nano Festival," which will be comprised of five events in rural underserved colonias.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano

Science Spectrum

Location: Lubbock, TX
Region:
South
Short description:

Adding Nano to programs

Long description:

Expanding programming to include new nanoscience hands-on activities and curriculum to enhance understanding of the nanoscience, its applications, and potential careers for young children and families.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano

Regional Science & Discovery Center

Location: Corning, NY
Region:
Northeast
Short description:

Adding Nano to programs

Long description:

Introducing nanotechnology to the public through expansion to three programs: a Boy Scout overnight at Arnot Mall, a Spring break event at Corning Youth Center, and a summer camp for at-risk students at the Science and Discovery Center.

Project year:
Year 7
New or Under-Served Audiences

Maine Discovery Museum

Location: Bangor, ME
Region:
Northeast
Short description:

Highlighting Nano in exhibits

Long description:

Increasing awareness of and interest in nanoscience among children and families by making connections to existing exhibits, enhancing the "Hunt for Nano" scavenger hunt, adapting materials for use on the website, and creating a brochure with info on current nano research, career options and the societal implications of nanotechnology.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

The Discovery Museums

Location: Acton, MA
Region:
Northeast
Short description:

Youth volunteer training, Nano Night

Long description:

Hosting two workshops to train youth volunteers to enhance their capacity to deliver programs, including the new NanoDays@Night programming in early summer.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium

Location: Schenectady, NY
Region:
Northeast
Short description:

Highlighting nano in exhibits

Long description:

Integrating real-world examples of nanotechnology into their existing exhibits and creating the "Nanotrail." The trail will start at the museum's small permanent exhibit on nano, and visitors will be provided a map of various stops to make in the exhibit. Content will range from consumer products to alternative energy.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano

Maritime Explorium

Location: Port Jefferson, NY
Region:
Northeast
Short description:

Adding Nano to programs

Long description:

Identified six areas of current exhibitions with opportunities to highlight nanotechnologies, and through a partnership with SUNY, will develop content for each of the six areas. Additional content will include language at three different levels of sophistication to accommodate different ages and learners at the museum.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Science Discovery Center at Oneonta

Location: Oneonta, NY
Region:
Northeast
Short description:

Workshop for middle school students

Long description:

Establishing a collaboration with the California NanoSystem Institute and develop a nanotechnology-themed "Science Saturday" workshop to expand outreach to middle school students.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships
New or Under-Served Audiences

Gateway to Science Center, Inc.

Location: Bismarck, ND
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Adding nano to programs

Long description:

Integrating nano content into a variety of existing programs, including afterschool Science Clubs for grades 1-6, week-long summer camps for grades 4-6, and annual family events that take place four times per year.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano

Paper Discovery Center

Location: Appleton, WI
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Theater show, afterschool program

Long description:

Adding a new theatrical performance to their afterschool curriculum. This performance will explore the science, application, and societal implications of nanotechnology.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Omaha Children's Museum

Location: Omaha, NE
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

School group workshops

Long description:

Executing three nanoscience workshops with Liberty Elementary School grades 3-6, leading to a Nano Science Day for the entire school where students from the workshop will lead demonstrations for their classmates.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano

Orpheum Children's Science Museum

Location: Champaign, IL
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Rural outreach program

Long description:

Addressing a need for rural community outreach by bringing informal science opportunities to special science events, fairs and local schools in the seven county area the museum serves. The "NANO science and engineering program" will include hands-on activities, stage presentations, as well as evaluation to produce new data on how small institutions can better support rural communities and create a strong regional science education infrastructure.

Project year:
Year 7
New or Under-Served Audiences

Children's Discovery Museum

Location: Normal, IL
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Afterschool program

Long description:

Collaborating with Illinois State University and the UNITY Community Center to create an eight-week "NanoWorld" afterschool program.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships
New or Under-Served Audiences

North Dakota State College of Science

Location: Wahpeton, ND
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Scenario program

Long description:

Integrating NISE Net activities into a scenario program where students use the nano concepts to solve relevant real-world issues. Students will develop a product and teach others about its science, application and the societal and ethical implications surrounding it.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

The Bakken Museum

Location: Minneapolis, MN
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Add Nano to programs

Long description:

Planning to integrate nanoscale science content into its award winning "Science Assets" outreach program.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano

Headwaters Science Center

Location: Bemidji, MN
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Adding Nano to exhibits

Long description:

Planning major refurbishing to their "Water Vortex" exhibit to adapt and use with Ferrofluids activity as a nanotechnology exhibit piece on their floor.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano

University of Minnesota Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

Location: Minneapolis, MN
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Teacher workshop

Long description:

Developing a program that will utilize participants from their successful RET program in a nanoscale science teacher workshop, with the goal of reaching as many as ten-times the participation of the RET, and ultimately increasing reach to middle and high school students in the area.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano

Exploration Place

Location: Wichita, KS
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Training and expansion to teen volunteering program

Long description:

Expanding current chemistry-related activities to include nanotechnology through the ChemKids Teen Volunteering program. Participants will be trained to implement activities on the floor, in summer camps, and in the live performing space.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano

North Museum of Natural History and Science

Location: Lancaster, PA
Region:
Mid-Atlantic
Short description:

Afterschool program

Long description:

Expanding existing afterschool programming to include a three-week nano unit. Work will be done in collaboration with Neighborhood Services of Lancaster, and will give students the opportunity to use NISE Net resources, visit two nano businesses, and work with college student mentors.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships
New or Under-Served Audiences

Da Vinci Science Center

Location: Allentown, PA
Region:
Mid-Atlantic
Short description:

Theater shows

Long description:

Adapting two NISE Net programs into interactive theatrical presentations to be used on their floor to engage audiences in dialogue about nanoscale science and engineering concepts, as well as discuss societal and environmental implications.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano

Delaware Museum of Natural History

Location: Wilmington, DE
Region:
Mid-Atlantic
Short description:

Kits tailored to ages 2-12

Long description:

Making nanoscience a part of daily programming through the development of eight nanoscience kits on four themes, tailored to ages 2-12 and used with Scout programs, day camps, classes and in the "Nature Nook" hands-on area of the museum.

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano

Newark Museum

Location: Newark, NJ
Region:
Mid-Atlantic
Short description:

Camp for Girl Scouts

Long description:

Working with Girl Scouts Hearts of New Jersey to create the "Observation: From Nano to Macro" camp to introduce Girl Scouts in Newark and Jersey City, NJ to careers in STEM.

Project year:
Year 7
New or Under-Served Audiences

Princeton University

Location: Princeton, NJ
Region:
Mid-Atlantic
Short description:

Kinesthetic motions activity

Long description:

Developing an activity relating to the structure of the atom using kinesthetic motions and nanoscale science content to help students "act out the components of the atom."

Project year:
Year 7
Integrates Nano

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Location: Memphis, TN
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Library Outreach

Long description:

Expanded an education program to four library locations in adjacent counties, focusing on rural communities where there is no local access to science museums. Work with local researcher to create new green nanotechnology educational materials.

Project year:
Year 6
Scientist-Museum Partnerships
New or Under-Served Audiences

St Louis Science Center

Location: Saint Louis, MO
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Nano Exhibit Prototype

Long description:

Used funds to prototype and evaluation an exhibit to introduce visitors to nanotechnology. Worked closely with area university nano scientists and graduate students. Exhibit will be completed with other funds and placed in their revised Nano Center.

Project year:
Year 6
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

South Florida Science Museum

Location: West Palm Beach , FL
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Field Trip Program

Long description:

Added nano content to Science Passport field trip program, an educational initiative providing learning opportunities to disadvantaged youth.

Project year:
Year 6
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum

Location: Ashland, OR
Region:
West
Short description:

Summer Camp, Afterschool

Long description:

Develop Summer GECOS (Girls Engineering Club of ScienceWorks): Nanotechnology lessons and kit for use in a summer camp and after school program. Developed a 25-minute science show on nano. Adapting the "Horton Senses Something Small" program for use in their Head Start to Science program that serves low-income preschoolers.

Project year:
Year 6
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Science Factory Children's Museum

Location: Eugene, OR
Region:
West
Short description:

Summer Camp

Long description:

Created a week-long, half-day summer camp entitled "Nanotechnology in Our World." Camp included a trip to the labs at the University of Oregon.

Project year:
Year 6
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

Science Center of Iowa

Location: Des Moines, IA
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Library Outreach

Long description:

Developed "Our Small World," a nanoscience outreach program for libraries designed to align with the 2011 Collaborative Reading Program theme of "One World, Many Stories." Developed new partnership with a professor at Iowa State University's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

Project year:
Year 6
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

Port Discovery

Location: Baltimore, MD
Region:
Mid-Atlantic
Short description:

Nano Cart

Long description:

Created three carts showcasing nano activities and trained volunteers/interns to implement the activities. Created a number of additional exhibit components and activities to augment the nano mini-exhibition.

Project year:
Year 6
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

Pink Palace Museum

Location: Memphis, TN
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Community Outreach, Training

Long description:

Created and disseminated nano suitcase exhibit to five community organizations in Memphis, expanding partnerships with those organizations. Provided training for individuals presenting nano curriculum, extra materials if needed, and acted as resource.

Project year:
Year 6
New or Under-Served Audiences

Palouse Discovery Science Center

Location: Pullman, WA
Region:
West
Short description:

Hands-on Display, Add Nano to Programs

Long description:

Created a hands-on display entitled the NanoCorner with a designated area for nano exploration. NanoDays kit items have been incorporated into the PDSC's "Self-Service Science Room."

Project year:
Year 6
Integrates Nano

Oklahoma WONDERtorium

Location: Stillwater, OK
Region:
South
Short description:

Classroom Programs

Long description:

Creating three classroom programs that include nano content: "Sand ROCKS!" for 3rd grade students, "Itsy Bitsy Eensy Weensy Science" for 4th grade students, and "Plant Virus Exploration" for 5th grade students.

Project year:
Year 6
Integrates Nano

Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST)

Location: Syracuse, NY
Region:
Northeast
Short description:

Summer Camp

Long description:

Integrated nano more extensively into summer camp program. Introduced and trained additional personnel in delivery of nano programming. Preference for two camps was given to students from a region where 75% of students are living at or near poverty level. Introduced nano content into a JCC overnight program.

Project year:
Year 6
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Long Island Children's Museum

Location: Garden City, NY
Region:
Northeast
Short description:

Theater Show and Workshop

Long description:

Presented The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show and held a workshop on the science of the super small with hands-on experiments and discussions focused on innovations in nanotechnology.

Project year:
Year 6
Integrates Nano

Lied Discovery Children's Museum

Location: Las Vegas, NV
Region:
Southwest
Short description:

Staff/Intern Training

Long description:

Provided professional development trainings for staff and interns on nano content and NanoDays kit activities. As a result of training, facilitated nano demonstrations are done daily on museum floor. Adapted and implemented activities for children five and younger.

Project year:
Year 6
Integrates Nano

Las Cruces Museum of Natural History

Location: Las Cruces, NM
Region:
West
Short description:

Teacher Kits

Long description:

Created a series of teacher kits to be loaned out, free of charge, to teachers in southern New Mexico. Themes for kits: Nano 101; Nano Applications & Tools; Nano Medicine; and Nano & the Environment.

Project year:
Year 6
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Iridescent

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Region:
Southwest
Short description:

Create Nano Workshop, Community Outreach

Long description:

Created and ran two hour workshops for upper elementary and middle school students on basic concepts in nanotechnology. Program reached three underserved schools in South Los Angeles and a large female audience through a partnership with Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.

Project year:
Year 6
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Location: Fort Worth, TX
Region:
South
Short description:

Cool Science Week

Long description:

Added nano to annual "Cool Science Week" program. Brought in a guest scientist to host a small demonstration/workshop, be interviewed on a local NPR affiliate station, and present an evening lecture for older audiences.

Project year:
Year 6
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

Edgerton Explorit Center

Location: Aurora, NE
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

1 day of nano in summer camps

Long description:

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Project year:
Year 6

Duluth Children's Museum

Location: Duluth, MN
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Add Nano to Programs

Long description:

Added nanoscience to many regular programs. Made connection with local universities.

Project year:
Year 6
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

Don Harrington Discovery Center

Location: Armarillo, TX
Region:
South
Short description:

Summer Camp

Long description:

Created a nano summer camp for 5th and 6th graders.

Project year:
Year 6
Integrates Nano

Discovery Center Museum

Location: Rockford, IL
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Afterschool Program, Library Outreach

Long description:

Expanded their nanoscale science programs to their five daily afterschool programs (95% of students eceive free or reduced lunch). Created a week's worth of nano activity bins for the program using materials from NISE Network, University of Wisconsin NSEC, Franklin Institute kits, and Discovery Center. Trained youth volunteers and volunteer director on nano cart demos, completed and installed library learning nooks in six local libraries.

Project year:
Year 6
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Detroit Science Center

Location: Detroit, MI
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Field Trip Program

Long description:

Expanded their Hands-On Interactive Programs (HIP), a 3-hour in-depth study of one science concept, to include nanoscale science, technology, and engineering. Program highlighted career fields and emphasized successful women and underrepresented minority professionals in the field.

Project year:
Year 6
Integrates Nano
Scientist-Museum Partnerships
New or Under-Served Audiences

Creative Discovery Museum

Location: Chattanooga, TN
Region:
Southeast
Short description:

Add Nano to Programs

Long description:

Integrated nano concepts into three areas of programming: Science Theater shows and hands-on workshops, outreach programs, and family science nights provided to area schools.

Project year:
Year 6
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Children's Museum of Science and Technology

Location: Troy, NY
Region:
Northeast
Short description:

Add Nano to Exhibits

Long description:

Incorporated information about nanotechnology into existing exhibits. Placed nano buttons on exhibit floor to highlight nano topics in the gecko cages, the solar house, the butterfly house, and more. Develop a nano brochure for visitors. Created a nano scavenger hunt for school field trips.

Project year:
Year 6
Integrates Nano

Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Region:
Midwest
Short description:

Teacher Workshop

Long description:

Developed a workshop for middle school teachers related to nano. Partnered with a nanoscale science researcher to help present content.

Project year:
Year 6
Scientist-Museum Partnerships

Buffalo Museum of Science

Location: Buffalo, NY
Region:
Northeast
Short description:

Nanotechnology Hall

Long description:

Created a 700 sq. ft. hallway with rotating hands-on activities and information about nanotechnology.

Project year:
Year 6
Integrates Nano

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Location: Dayton, OH
Region:
Mid-Atlantic
Short description:

Summer Camp, Field Trip, Distance Learning Program

Long description:

Incorporated NISE Net activities into existing summer day camp programs. Designed two new field trip oportunities that engage students in ethical and policy discussions around new nanoscale technologies. Created a videoconference program for schools: Nanoscale Science and the Future of Food.

Project year:
Year 6
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences

Arkansas Discovery Network/Museum of Discovery

Location: Little Rock, AR
Region:
South
Short description:

Materials for Regional Outreach, Training

Long description:

Created nano kits to be used by ADN partners for their regional outreach. Hosted a training workshop. Kits will enable educators to introduce nano in underserved areas of the state.

Project year:
Year 6
Integrates Nano
New or Under-Served Audiences