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The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) and its partners have developed a variety of hands-on STEM activities designed for use in museums and science centers.  

Do Science at Home!

Hands-on Activities and Resources
You Can Try at Home

Most of these hands-on STEM activities listed below can be done with materials you may already have in your home.

For members of the public:

Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition

companion website in English and Spanish



DIY Nano at home

Learn more about nanoscale science, engineering and technology
DIY Nano HD Free iPad app (not iPhones)

Downloadable book (PDF)

Downloadable printable PDFs



What is Nano?

Learn more about nanoscale science, engineering and technology

Public website with videos and introductions in English and Spanish


For educators and scientists:

  • Digital library: The website is an online digital library of educational products and tools designed for educators and scientists, as well as a source of professional development resources for those working in the field of informal science education.
    Search the digital library:
  • Download digital kits: Kit materials are designed for use in museums and are also suitable for use in other informal learning settings such as afterschool programs, summer camps, libraries, scouting groups, community organizations, and university public outreach programs. Kit activities may also be adapted by educators for use in formal education K-12 classroom settings.
    Download kits:

What is the NISE Network?

The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) is a community of informal educators and scientists dedicated to supporting learning about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) across the United States.



Learn about upcoming opportunities, events, ways to grow professionally, and inspiring stories from network partners.