We know many NISE Network partners have canceled public events and temporarily closed facilities in order to slow the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 and protect your communities. At this time, we want you to know that the safety of your staff...
The death of George Floyd is another tragic reminder of the racial discrimination and inequities in our society. As we have witnessed in the days since his death, people across our country are angry, frustrated, and sad. We stand with those seeking systematic change in our society. Nationally and locally, we know we must address the persistent, undeniable racism in our communities. NISE Network and our partners are committed to playing our role in building a just future.
As shutdowns and restrictions across the country are gradually being lifted and museums begin to reopen their doors and engage their communities, how are NISE Network partner organizations faring? Join us for part 2 of our Reopening Strategies online workshop and hear from a few NISE Network Partner organizations on their lessons learned and experiences from reopening.
Revised 5-20-2020 The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) and its partners have developed a variety of hands-on STEM activities designed for use in museums and science centers. Most of these hands-on STEM activities listed below can be done...
Josh Sarver, VP of Exhibits & Programs and Stephen White Esq., VP of Strategic Initiatives, COSI, Columbus, OH
With its sights focused on another record setting experience in 2020, COSI and its partners prepared for an assortment of exciting programs as well as the infusion of new cities from across the state. With a broader regional focus and a year’s experience under our belts, the possibilities seemed endless. However, as the impact of the pandemic grew, COSI was forced to execute a broad-based strategy to engage public, private, and nonprofit partners to produce digital experiences around science and technology.
In May, the NISE Network's Sustainability Fellowship Program led by Arizona State University hosted its first virtual workshop, due to COVID-19, for its final cohort of fellows. Over four days, 28 fellows delved into defining what sustainability means to them, for their institutions, and how to apply this knowledge to a sustainability project over the next few months, especially as we all adjust to living in times of COVID-19.
Liane Usher, President, Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center
Since March 15th the Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center closed its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many children’s museums, we were faced with the challenge of keeping our families and the greater community engaged with hands-on interactive learning without a physical facility. While the Center has never done much online content development before, our staff quickly shifted gears and learned new skills in video production, editing and social media.
During the quarantine, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens has supplied gardening kits and flowers to the local school lunch program. In April, we made 180 mini garden kits that were made available to students at lunch pickup spots throughout the peninsula as well as delivered to individual homes.
The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) is a community of informal educators and scientists dedicated to supporting learning about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) across the United States.
What does NISE Net do?
The NISE Network community works year-round to develop and disseminate educational materials and resources. Our educational experiences take the form of small exhibitions, hands-on activity kits, programs, and public forums. Our products are scientist reviewed and receive rigorous testing.
This website is an online digital library of educational products and tools designed for educators and scientists, as well as a source of professional development resources for those working in the field of informal science education.