The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) is pleased to offer 350 free Explore Science: Earth & Space 2020 toolkits to new and existing eligible partners in the United States. In 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 2020 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit will ship in two parts this year!
- Part A will ship in January 2020 and will include a set of hands-on activities.
- Part B will ship in August 2020 and will include a hands-on collaborative Moon game as well as science activities about the Moon
There is one application for the 2020 toolkit - all successful applicants will receive both Part A and Part B of the toolkit. Each part of the toolkit will require a report, please see the requirements section of the overview for further details.
How to Apply for a 2020 Physical Toolkit
- Deadline: Applications for physical Explore Science: Earth & Space 2020 toolkits are due November 1, 2019.
- Online submission: Applications must be submitted online using SurveyGizmo.
Online SurveyGizmo application link:
- Overview: The overview includes application instructions, eligibility requirements, and project expectations. Please read the overview and preview the application before applying:
- Preview the application (just for reference application must be filled out online):
The NISE Network hosts a series of one-hour online workshops featuring a variety of topics. All online workshops are recorded and archived online. To see a list of future workshops, sign up as a participant, or view recordings of past workshops, visit http://nisenet.org/
Online workshop about the 2020 toolkit:
- Learn More About the 2020 Explore Science: Earth & Space Toolkit (recorded)
Tuesday, September 10, 2019; 2 - 3pm Eastern
Toolkit Contents & Audiences
Three hundred and fifty (350) free Explore Science: Earth & Space physical 2020 toolkits will be awarded to successful applicants from eligible organizations.
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
One activity is designed specifically for early childhood audiences (ages 0 - 4)
Some activities are more appropriate for slightly older audiences (ages 8 - adult)
Explore Science: Earth & Space 2020 toolkits will include:
Hands-on activities to engage the public in Earth and space sciences including: heliophysics, Earth science, planetary science, astrophysics, and their connections to society
Professional development materials including facilitation & content training videos
Event planning guides
Marketing and promotional materials
In addition to the physical toolkits, all digital materials will be available online for free download. The NISE Network will also be hosting a series of one-hour online workshops featuring a variety of topics; all online workshops will be recorded and archived.
Timeline for 2020 Physical Toolkit
- September 1, 2019: Online application opens to apply for a free physical toolkit
- November 1, 2019: Deadline to submit application
- December 2019: Notification of award decisions
- January 2020: Part A of physical toolkit shipped to successful applicants
- March - May 2020: Successful applicants host required public event(s) with Part A
June 15, 2020:Part A required report due online Deadline extended! The original June 15, 2020 deadline has been extended due to the coronavirus - please see: https://www.nisenet.org/coronavirus
- August 2020: Part B of physical toolkit shipped to successful applicants
- September 2020 - January 2021: Successful applicants engage local audiences with Part B
- February 1, 2021: Part B required report due online
The physical toolkit is designed for informal science education public events and outreach. To be eligible to receive a physical toolkit, organizations must be:
- Located in the United States (including US territories)
- Public informal science outreach and education institutions such as:
- science museums and science centers,
- children’s museums,
- natural history museums,
- public planetariums and observatories, and
- NASA visitor centers.
Please note that K-12 schools, afterschool programs, libraries, parks, and astronomy clubs are not eligible to receive physical toolkits. Consider downloading a digital toolkit if your organization does not meet eligibility criteria. Digital toolkits will be available for download after the physical toolkits ship.
Recipients of Explore Science: Earth & Space physical toolkits:
The following NISE Network partner organizations were awarded Explore Science: Earth & Space physical toolkits:
2017 - 250 physical kits awarded: www.nisenet.org/earth-space-toolkit-recipients-2017
2018 - 250 physical kits awarded: www.nisenet.org/earth-space-toolkit-recipients-2018
2019 - 350 physical kits awarded: https://www.nisenet.org/earth-space-toolkit-recipients-2019
2020 - 350 physical kits will be awarded: - applications due November 1, 2019
Learn more about the application process
Digital versions of toolkits are available as a free download:
- 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit: www.nisenet.org/earthspacekit-2017
- 2018 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit: www.nisenet.org/earthspacekit-2018
- 2019 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit: www.nisenet.org/earthspacekit-2019
- 2020 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit: Available after physical kits ship
About the Project
Learn more abut the project: http://www.nisenet.org/space
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).