Coronavirus COVID-19 Resources

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota

Revised October 19, 2020

We know many NISE Network partners have canceled public events and temporarily closed facilities in order to slow the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 and protect your communities. At this time, we want you to know that the safety of your staff, volunteers, and public audiences is of the utmost importance to all of us in the NISE Network.  Our thoughts are with those affected by the coronavirus across the globe, and we hope that all of you are staying healthy, safe, and informed about the latest changes.

Coronavirus museum resources

We wanted to make sure you are aware of these resources in this rapidly changing situation: 

  • Public perceptions and audience research 

    • Wilkening Consulting - Data Stories related to museums and COVID done on behalf of the American Alliance of Museums

    • Colleen Dilenschneider - Know Your Own Bone - Public perceptions and intentions to visit cultural entities

    • Culture Track - national online survey of audience behaviors, attitudes, motivations, and barriers to cultural participation; study of 124,000 respondents including factors that will influence return to cultural activities (conducted by LaPlaca Cohen and Slover Linett Audience Research)
      Culture + Community in a Time of Crisis -  “Key Findings from Wave 1" report

Current Science Resources

NISE Network Online Workshops

Viruses and Coronavirus videos and activities for the public

Do Science At Home resources

We've selected a few things that are not materials-intensive that many families may be able to try at home. If your institution is attempting to engage with audiences virtually, check out these and other resources from the NISE Network:

Resources for digital public engagement

Evaluation and research resources


Deadlines extended for Explore Science: Earth and Space 2020 toolkit event and report requirements - 
new due date February 1, 202

NISE Network partners awarded a physical Explore Science: Earth and Space 2020 toolkit were originally required to hold a spring event (March-May 2020) with Part A of the toolkit. The accompanying report for this event was originally due in June, but this reporting deadline as well as the event requirement was postponed. We will now be extending the deadline for the Explore Science: Earth & Space 2020 toolkit report to February 1, 2021.  We will follow up with more details about the report format later this year. 

If you are looking to see an example of the types of data we will expect in the report, you can see a PDF of the 2019 report.

It is our hope that partners who have received a physical Explore Science: Earth & Space 2020 toolkit Part A (shipped in early 2020) and Part B (to be shipped in late October) will be able to use these resources to engage public audiences once public events in your communities resume. However, your safety and that of your community are the priority.  

Part B of the 2020 toolkit - planning to ship late October 2020

Part B of the Explore Science: Earth & Space 2020 toolkit will include a hands-on collaborative Moon Adventure Game as well as science activities about the Moon. We are currently planning to ship Part B of the toolkit in late October. The February 1, 2021 report will also include questions about your use of Part B of the toolkit.

In early September we will be back in touch to confirm contacts and mailing addresses to be sure we are sending Part B to the best individual and location since we know that some institutions are unable to receive shipments at their primary address.

Tips for working from home and online public engagement