Explore Science: Earth & Space 2017 Toolkit Partner Reports Summary

Ali Jackson, Sciencenter
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In January 2017, the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) awarded 250 free Explore Science: Earth & Space 2017 toolkits to new and existing eligible partners in the United States. In collaboration with NASA, NISE Net assembled and shared a set of engaging, hands-on activities with connections to science, technology, and society. Activities were designed for use in children’s museums, science centers, science museums, public planetariums and observatories, and NASA visitor centers in the United States. And were designed for family audiences with a range of experiences appropriate for visitors ages 4 through adult. The Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits included: hands-on activities to engage the public in Earth and space sciences; professional development materials including activity training videos; event planning guides; and marketing and promotional materials. In addition to the physical toolkits, all digital materials are available online for free download: http://www.nisenet.org/earthspacekit-2017

NISE Network partners who received a physical toolkit were required to host at least one public engagement event using the toolkit, and report on the use of the toolkit.


Here, we just share some of the highlights from partner's toolkit reports. The following information is summarized from the reports of the successful 250 organizations awarded toolkits. Please note that 12 of the 250 organizations did not fully complete reports as of July 26, 2017. Several of the 12 organizations have completed their event reports; however, this data is not included in the tables below. Additionally several organizations were unable to hold their initially planned special events during the March – May timeframe and described plans for future events.

Thank you to all our partners! We could not do this work without you!






This material is based upon work supported by NASA  cooperative agreement award number NNX16AC67A.  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 Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).