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Honoring the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

August 29, 2020
Ali Jackson, Sciencenter
This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To honor 30 years of progress in access and inclusion, the NISE Network takes a moment to highlight efforts we've made to engage our audiences without discrimination, and look forward toward continuing this work together as a Network.
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Partner Highlight: Arizona Science Center reopens and connects guests to space science with the Moon Adventure Game

April 28, 2021
Alyson Smith, Vice President of Engagement, Arizona Science Center, Phoenix, AZ
The Arizona Science Center in Phoenix, AZ, reimagined their visitor experience to allow guests to explore and learn more about space sciences, including developing COVID-friendly ways to experience the Moon Adventure Game.
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Partner Highlight: Museums across the country celebrate Earth Day

April 8, 2021
Catherine McCarthy, Arizona State University
Museums across the country celebrated Earth Day 2021 virtually and in person.
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Apply to host a NASA-supported Webb Space Telescope Community Event - applications due May 16, 2021

April 2, 2021
Catherine McCarthy
The James Webb Space Telescope (Webb) is scheduled to launch in October 2021, and NASA wants to help you celebrate this generational moment in our common exploration of the wider universe, through in-person or virtual events. Apply to be a NASA-supported Webb Space Telescope Community Events - application due May 16, 2021
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National Informal STEM Education Network Year in Review 2020

January 6, 2021
Rae Ostman, Arizona State University
The year 2020 was challenging for many of us individually, as well as for our organizations and our communities. One bright spot in a tough year was our Network community, which came together to offer each other support, ideas, and...
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New Improvements to the nisenet.org website

January 5, 2021
Catherine McCarthy
Have you explored the nisenet.org website lately? Just in time to kickoff 2021, the website has a fresh new look, more intuitive navigation, and many technical upgrades. We’ve been listening to partner feedback and we think you’ll like what you...
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Explore Science: Earth & Space 2020 physical toolkit - Part B shipping to 350 partners across the United States!

December 16, 2020
Ali Jackson, Sciencenter
Part B NISE Network’s 2020 Explore Science: Earth & Space physical toolkit, including the *new* Moon Adventure Game is in the process of shipping!
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The 2021 Citizen Science, Civics, and Resilient Communities project application is now open!

November 27, 2020
Sara Benson, Museum of Science
Citizen Science, Civics, and Resilient Communities (CSCRC) 2021 project and stipend announcement to support public forums in climate hazards and resilience planning.
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Lights, Camera, Zoom! Remote production and self-filmed training videos for the Explore Science: Earth & Space 2020 Toolkit Part B

November 5, 2020
Brad Herring, Museum of Life and Science
Over the past several months we have been producing the next set of facilitation and content training videos that will accompany the hands-on activities in the new the Explore Science: Earth & Space 2020 toolkit Part B through an exhausting process of remote filming.
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Science-To-Civics: Building Community Resilience to Climate Hazards Through Citizen Science and Public Deliberation

November 2, 2020
Sara Benson, Museum of Science
The Citizen Science, Civics, and Resilient Communities (CSCRC) project engages public participants in active learning about climate hazards through citizen science, also known as community science, deliberative forums and resilience planning. Learn more about this project and upcoming opportunities, including an online workshop on December 1st.
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Touched by an Asteroid: At-home Resources for NASA’s Latest Asteroid Mission

October 29, 2020
NISE Network
NASA celebrated a major accomplishment in October when the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully touched an ancient asteroid known as Bennu–currently more than 200 million miles away from Earth! OSIRIS-REx’s interplanetary encounter with Bennu lasted just long enough for the spacecraft to...
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The Moon Adventure Game - An All New Interactive Experience

October 6, 2020
Christina Leavell
​​​​​​​If you received the NISE Network’s 2020 Explore Science: Earth and Space toolkit Part A earlier this year, then you have recently been contacted about receiving Part B of this year’s toolkit in the coming months. These messages mention the inclusion of a “collaborative Moon game” with this toolkit, but just what is a collaborative Moon Game? The Moon Adventure Game is a hands-on collaborative experience for STEM learning in museums and planetariums.
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Nano and COVID-19: NISE Net Activities that Help Shed Light on Nano Products Used to Help Fight the Pandemic

August 5, 2020
Frank Kusiak, UC Berkeley, Lawrence Hall of Science
If you’ve heard of any product that uses nanotechnology to help fight the novel coronavirus in some way, you might want some help explaining how it works to your visitors. Nanotechnology has helped in many ways when fighting COVID-19 from...
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Partner re-opening experiences with guest service de-escalation training for COVID-19 safety protocols

August 4, 2020
Museum of Life and Science, Museum of Science, and Sciencenter
Now that many museums and science centers are beginning to reopen with new Covid-19 protocols in place, their front line staff are learning to identify and deal with visitor situations that may require staff involvement and/or de-escalation, such as with visitors who do not physically distance themselves from others or refuse to wear a mask.
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NISE Network Explore Science: Earth & Space 2020 toolkit report deadline extended to February 1, 2021

July 28, 2020
Catherine McCarthy, Arizona State University
We hope that you, your friends, family, and colleagues are all staying well. We know many of us are being affected by COVID-19 and the economic downturn. We are inspired by the outpouring of creativity and hard work as we...
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Nano Exhibitions Available!

July 2, 2020
Catherine McCarthy, Arizona State University
We have recently learned about several copies of the Nano mini-exhibition that are looking for new homes. The NISE Network distributed 93 copies of these small-footprint 400 square-foot interactive exhibitions across the United States in 2013-2014. We currently keep waiting lists for museums and similar locations interested in owning a used copy of the exhibition.
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Re-imagining a Sustainability Fellowship during COVID

May 28, 2020
Kayla Berry, Museum of Science
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.
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Partner Highlight: NISE Network Partners Continue Sustainability Efforts through Challenging Times

May 5, 2020
Nich Weller, Arizona State University
In January 2020, thirty-four museum professionals from across the NISE Network came to Arizona State University as part of the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability in Science and Technology Museums Fellowship. Following their time in Tempe, fellows returned to their organizations with new tools, resources, and relationships cultivated from the workshop to conduct their projects, ranging from updating exhibits to planning museum renovations to providing professional development at their organization about sustainability.
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Check out the NSF STEM for All Video Showcase and watch (and vote for) the NISE Network's Let's Do Chemistry video

May 4, 2020
Kayla Berry, Museum of Science
Take part in the free, interactive STEM for All Video Showcase, May 5-12. This online showcase gives you the opportunity to learn about the latest research efforts to transform STEM education, communicate directly with researchers and practitioners, and vote for your favorite videos. Be sure to take a look at this short 3-minute Let's Do Chemistry! New Attitudes about Learning Chemistry video!
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Partner Highlight: NISE Network Partners Excel During COVID-19 Shutdown

May 2, 2020
Kayla Berry, Museum of Science
These past couple of months, NISE Network partners have continued to find creative ways to remotely engage their communities in fun science learning experiences and provide outreach throughout the coronavirus COVID-19 shutdown. Here are just a few partner highlights that...
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Partner Highlight: Learn How Network Partners are Remaining Resilient and Adapting During Current Times – COVID-19

March 26, 2020
Kayla Berry, Museum of Science
The NISE Network continues to be amazed at the way partners are rapidly adjusting to changing times, learning how to adapt in-person programs, demonstrations and activities into virtual and at-home learning experiences. This is no small feat and we want...
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Tips for working from home

March 20, 2020
Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota
revised 9-30-20 As many of us engage in social distancing to try to slow the spread of coronavirus, we know many of our partner staff are being asked to work from home and to engage the public online. For some...
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Check Your Box & Missing Items - 2020 Explore Science: Earth and Space Toolkit Part A

February 20, 2020
Ali Jackson, Sciencenter
Check Your Box & Missing Items 2020 Explore Science: Earth and Space Toolkit Part A It has come to our attention that there are a couple of missing items from this year’s toolkit. We are mailing out replacement materials to...
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Network Partners Develop Creative Sustainability Programming and Practices for Their Organizations, Visitors, and Communities

January 31, 2020
Nich Weller, Arizona State University
Dozens of NISE Network partners started off the new year in sustainable fashion. Thirty museum professionals finished their participation in the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability in Science and Technology Museums Fellowship program where they learned about sustainability and planned their own sustainability efforts. This was the first of three cohorts in the program designed to help...
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Explore Science: Earth & Space 2020 Physical Toolkit - Part A Shipping to 350 Partners Across the United States!

January 29, 2020
Kayla Berry, Museum of Science
What's New This Year? The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) 2020 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit will ship in two parts this year. Part A of the toolkit will be shipping out to 350 partner institutions nationwide...
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