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Applications for Free Physical Explore Science: Let's Do Chemistry Kit of Hands-on Activities Due June 1, 2018

February 28, 2018

Kayla Berry, Museum of Science

The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) is pleased to offer free Explore Science: Let’s Do Chemistry kits to eligible institutions in the United States. In collaboration with the American Chemical Society(ACS), the NISE Network has assembled a set of engaging, hands-on experiences designed to stimulate interest, a sense of relevance, and feelings of self-efficacy about chemistry among public audiences. 

A total of 250 kits will be awarded to eligible organizations through a competitive application process. Eligible organizations include children’s museums, science centers, science museums, and chemistry public outreach programs (e.g., University chemistry departments and outreach programs, ACS Local Sections and Student Chapters). In addition to the physical kits, all kit materials will be made available for free, digital download in September 2018 in time for use at National Chemistry Week events in October. 

How to Apply

Before applying, please review the toolkit application overview at:

  • (see the Application Process section to download the Overview document)
  • Included in the Overview is great collaboration information for museums seeking local chemistry experts and for chemists seeking local museums for public engagement events

Applications must be submitted online using SurveyGizmo by June 1, 2018

NISE Net Online Workshop

Learn About New Project Opportunity and How to Apply for the 2018 Explore Science: Let’s Do Chemistry Kit

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Watch recording and download resource from online workshop 

Chemistry is all around us and is a part of us, but chemistry is the least represented of the major science fields in science museums and other informal science education media. ChemAttitudes, which is a collaboration between the NISE Network and the American Chemical Society, is developing a new, free engaging kit of hands-on activities. Join this discussion for a general introduction to the project and what to expect in the physical 2018 Explore Science: Let’s Do Chemistry kit, including an overview of the hands-on activities and the professional development materials and resources. Learn how to apply for the kit (applications are due June 1, 2018) and for ways to use the kit to engage public audiences in chemistry such as hosting an event during National Chemistry Week in October 2018.

National Chemistry Week 2018

Learn more about National Chemistry Week taking place October 21-27, 2018 with the theme "Chemistry is Out of This World!" Learn more at

National Chemistry Week is a community based program of the American Chemical Society (ACS). This annual event unites ACS local sections, businesses, schools, and science enthusiasts to build awareness of chemistry at the local level, and are invited to organize or participate in events in their communities with a common goal: to promote the value of chemistry in everyday life.


Funded by the National Science Foundation through the Museum of Science. 

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DRL 1612482. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Science Foundation.