Welcome to the June Nano Bite, the monthly e-newsletter for the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net).
Thursday, July 24, 2014 (2pm ET / 11am PT)
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 (2pm ET / 11am PT)
→ Join the NISE Network this fall at the ASTC Conference in Raleigh, NC taking place October 17-21, 2014. NISE Network conference activities will include staffing an exhibition booth, hosting a pre-conference workshop, a special evening reception event, a partner breakfast, with information on engaging the public in nanoscience, engineering, and technology being featured by partners in a variety of sessions. Registration is now open for the conference with early bird registration closing on July 31st [register here].
Friday, October 17, 2014
- Pre-conference workshop "From Demonstration to Conversation: Engaging Visitors in Technology and Society." This hands-on workshop is designed to empower museum educators to engage visitors in meaningful conversations about the relevance of emerging technologies to our lives. Register now, space is limited to 40 participants! (9:00am - 4:00pm)
- Spend the day at the Museum of Life and Science! Tour the museum’s 84-acre indoor-outdoor science center with 300+ hands-on exhibits, live animals, and participate in daily programming! Pre-registration is required and will include lunch and transportation. (10:00am - 5:00pm)
- The NISE Network invites partners to an informal evening special event at the Museum of Life and Science for an open house reception - buses will be provided. There is no charge to attend but registration is required; for more details visit http://www.nisenet.org/events/astc/astc-annual-conference-2014. (4:00pm - 7:00pm)
- NISE Network booth in the exhibition hall will feature the Network’s hands-on public engagement activities - great ideas at low costs!
- Live Demonstration Hour (Sunday, 11:30am - 12:30pm)
- Don’t miss the NISE Network’s Partner Breakfast, open to all partner institutions, where you will learn about Network plans for the coming year.
Author credit: Erika DuRoss, The Leonardo Museum
We’re all familiar with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) - it’s a buzzword that continues to build momentum in education. There are dozens of studies on how to improve STEM education at all levels. But what happens when you introduce art into STEM?
That’s exactly the type of question we explore at The Leonardo Museum in downtown Salt Lake City. By approaching big topics in science and culture through the lens of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), we are able to appeal to populations and make applications that could otherwise be overlooked. Just like Da Vinci himself, we use a cross-methodological approach. Now, Da Vinci didn’t have the chance to explore nanoscience during his lifespan, but we think he would have given two thumbs up to our newest nano exploration - an all girls’ summer camp called Girls Full STEAM Ahead!
We use nanoscience to make STEAM more than just an acronym, but a daily practice. With support from a 2014 NISE Network Mini-Grant, our campers will get the chance to interact with female professionals in science, art, and technology who will act as mentors and role models. Participants will also be asked to use what they learn in order to create a new nano-oriented board game, which they will prototype in another camp that runs simultaneously with Girls Full STEAM Ahead...continue reading the full Partner Highlight to learn more about the goals and objectives of the Girls Full STEAM Ahead summer camp and how the campers will help play a role in developing a game based on nanoscience!
To learn more about The Leonardo and its unique approach to education, please visit www.theleonardo.org, or contact Tim Hecox from Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and the West Regional Hub Leader.
→ Featured Finding: Updates from NISE Network Evaluation and Research
Featured evaluation and research findings about valued aspects of the Network: The NanoDays physical kit is, by far, the most valuable aspect of the Network to Annual Partner Survey takers. Respondents also highly value the nisenet.org website with its online catalog and the NanoDays digital materials. NanoDays kit activities developed between 2009 and 2014 have been archived and are available to download online here. For more findings, read the full Evaluation and Research blog post.
- Visitor Studies Association Conference 2014 - Albuquerque, NM – July 15-19, 2014
- ASTC - Raleigh, NC - October 17-21, 2014
- 2014 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA - November 30-December 5, 2014
- AAAS – San Jose, CA – February 12-16, 2015
Nano Material: Friend, Foe, or Still Unknown?
- See NISE Net video "Does Every Silver Lining Have a Cloud?"
- See NISE Net stage presentation "Would You Buy That?"
- See NISE Net short activity "Would You Buy That? (NanoDays 2014)"
- See NISE Net stage presentation "Nanosilver: Breakthrough or Biohazard?"
- See NISE Net Linked Product K-12 lesson plan "Silver Nanoparticle Socks"
- See NISE Net Linked Product K-12 lesson plan "Silver and Bandages"
- See Dragonfly TV video episode "Nano Silver"
- See NISE Net stage presentation "Cleaning Our Water with Nanotechnology"
- See NISE Net Linked Product K-12 lesson plan "Nanotechnology Class Materials – UMass Nanotechnology Summer Institute"
- See NISE Net Linked Product K-12 lesson plan "NanoSense"
- See NISE Net online game "NanoBuzz Online Puzzle Games"
- See NISE Net long activity "Biomimicry: Synthetic Gecko Tape through Nanomolding"
- See NISE Net Linked Product video "Curiosity, Discovery and Gecko Feet – Robert Full TED-Ed Talk and TED-Ed Lesson"
- See NISE Net Linked Product scientific images "Scientific Images of Gecko Foot and Toe"
- See NISE Net short activity "Biomimicry: From Nature to Nanotech"
- See NISE Net "Nano Museum Labels (Graphic Signs) (NanoDays 2013)"
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Read the Nano Bite e-newsletter online at http://www.nisenet.org/newsletter/nano-bite-june-2014.