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NISE Net's 2018 Explore Science: Earth & Space Physical Toolkits Shipped!

February 1, 2018

Ali Jackson, Sciencenter

In collaboration with NASA, the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) has assembled a *NEW* set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology, and society. The physical toolkits have shipped and are on their way to 250 network partners across the United States, from Alaska to Puerto Rico!

Each toolkit features ten hands-on activities on a variety of Earth and space science topics with connections to science, technology, and society.  The toolkit also includes event planning guides, marketing materials, and training videos and guides. The 250 toolkits were awarded through a competitive application process and funded through our collaboration with NASA. The toolkits were developed with project partner museums, subject matter experts, and were tested with museum visitors with the intent to engage museum visitors nationwide in Earth and space science.

Here are some images of the toolkits being fabricated and packed up in the warehouse in St. Paul Minnesota!




list of partners receiving the 2018 physical toolkits is available here:

When you receive your box, look for the “Open Me First” packet. This has an introductory letter describing the contents of this year’s toolkit. A list of materials included in the 2018 toolkit is included here:

We have created short activity and content training videos for each of the activities in the toolkit. The training videos are all included in your physical kit. These videos are now available online as well: Sharing this link with staff, volunteers and collaborators is a wonderful way to prepare activity presenters for the materials in the kit.

digital version of the 2018 toolkit is available here:

digital version of the 2017 toolkit is also available here:

The NISE Network has several one-hour online workshops coming up in the next months many of which specifically relate to the 2018 toolkit. Learn more and register for any of the upcoming workshops listed below at:

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This material is based upon work supported by NASA under grant or 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).