This article was originally published in the March/April 2019 issue of Dimensions magazine, the bimonthly publication of the Association of Science-Technology Centers. The NISE Network is a national community of informal educators and scientists dedicated to supporting STEM learning across the United States, with small science centers and museums representing about half of the Network member organizations. Through the efforts of our partner organizations, more than 11 million members of the public participate in NISE Network project activities each year. From the beginning of the Network more than 13 years ago, small organizations have had a huge influence on the our activities, the professional development and networking opportunities we offer, and above all, the difference that our work has made in local communities.
Read Small Museums, Big Role: Powering the NISE Network to hear from partners first-hand the role they've played in the Network and the impact the Network has had on their organization, and in their community.
This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award numbers NNX16AC67A and 80NSSC18M0061. 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).
Arizona State University
NISE Network products are developed through an iterative collaborative process that includes scientific review, peer review, and visitor evaluation in accordance with an inclusive audiences approach. Products are designed to be easily edited and adapted for different audiences under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license. To learn more, visit our Development Process page.