NISE Network Blog

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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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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.
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Erika Huber, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
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.
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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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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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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 have...

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Star Night picture
Kalman Mannis, Arizona Science Center
Star Night is an annual event at the White Mountain Nature Center in the alpine town of Pinetop, AZ, the region’s crowning informal learning site. The annual early Spring Astronomy Night was planned for mid-March 2020, the amateur astronomers were geared up for a star party, NISE Net's Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit and Arizona State University’s StarLab were on-hand, we were a go! Then a week prior to the event the Covid crisis erupted and a late Spring storm was in the forecast...we needed to pivot!
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Children's Museum of Houston photo of kids jumping
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 to...

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Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota

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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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Christina Leavell, Science Museum of Minnesota

On January 15, 2020 the Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) held a Star Watch Party with special guest meteorologist and astronomy educator Mike Lynch. This was not a public event, but a staff and volunteer social hosted by The...