Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

Explore Science Earth & Space logoIn collaboration with NASA, the NISE Network has assembled a new set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology, and society. 

The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) distributes 350 free Explore Science: Earth & Space physical toolkits to new and existing eligible partners in the United States; all digital materials area available for download.

Explore Science: Earth & Space ice activityDigital toolkits

Digital versions of toolkits are available as a free download:

    Applications for physical toolkits

    • Applications for 2020 physical toolkits: 
      Applications for physical Explore Science: Earth & Space 2020 toolkits were due November 1, 2019.  Applications have now closed.
      Learn more about the application process
    • Applications for physical Explore Science: Earth & Space 2017 and 2018 and 2019 toolkits have closed and all the toolkits have been distributed. Digital versions of these kits are available for download

    Physical toolkits awarded

    Physical toolkits have been awarded to all 50 states, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and US Virgin Islands.

    Map of 2017-2020 Explore Science Earth and Space physical toolkit awards

    Recipients of Explore Science: Earth & Space physical toolkits: 
    The following NISE Network partner organizations were awarded Explore Science: Earth & Space physical toolkits: 



    2020 reports

    NISE Network partners who received a physical 2020 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit are required to complete online reports:

    • June 15, 2020:  for Part A of the 2020 toolkit  Deadline extended! The original June 15, 2020 deadline has been extended due to the coronavirus - please seehttps://www.nisenet.org/coronavirus
    • February 1, 2021 for Part B of the 2020 toolkit (this will be a shorter report)

    Links to report forms will be provided.


    2019 reports

    NISE Network partners who received a physical 2019 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit are required to complete an online report by June 15, 2019.

    The report takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Please note that it is NOT possible to save your work in the SurveyGizmo online form and return for additional edits. Reports left idle too long will go blank when you progress to the next screen, so please plan to complete the online report in one session. You may want to write your responses in the Word document, save, and then cut and paste that information into the online report. Blank versions (Word and PDF) are provided above to download.


    • Activities are designed for use in children’s museums, science centers, science museums, public planetariums and observatories, and NASA visitor centers in the United States.

    • Activities are designed for family audiences with a range of experiences appropriate for visitors ages 4 through adult. 

      About the Project


      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).