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 toolkit requirements and report deadline extended - new due date February 1, 2021
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 November 2020) 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.  For COVID-19 coronavirus resources please visit: https://www.nisenet.org/coronavirus

Part B of the 2020 toolkit - planning to ship in November 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 November 2020. 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.

2019 Toolkit Reports (for reference)

NISE Network partners who received a physical 2019 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit were 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).